Tiffany D. Gehrke secures and protects intellectual property rights for a broad range of clients. In this role, her prior experience as a software engineer gives her valuable insider perspectives into clients’ technologies. Ms. Gehrke regularly counsels clients regarding trademark prosecution and enforcement matters, as well as patentability assessments. She has extensive experience representing retailers, manufacturers, publishers, consulting companies, and organizations across a wide variety of industries. Ms. Gehrke understands the value of clients’ intellectual property rights and assists those clients in obtaining and protecting those rights in the U.S. and throughout the world. Ms. Gehrke enforces clients’ intellectual property rights through litigation in state and federal courts, through proceedings before the USPTO, and through other dispute resolution forums.
In 2016, Ms. Gehrke was named to the third annual list of Litigation Trailblazers and Pioneers published by the National Law Journal, a list which identifies litigation professionals who bring about meaningful change through their work. She has also been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Rising Stars® each year since 2013, featuring outstanding young attorneys in the state. Since 2017, Ms. Gehrke has been designated as an “Emerging Lawyer” by her peers, less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction.
In 2018, Ms. Gehrke received an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She was nominated by the Court for her pro bono representation of an incarcerated individual in pursuit of his constitutional rights under the Eight Amendment.
- Successfully secured multi-million dollar judgment against online retailer of counterfeit goods for trademark and copyright infringement.
- Counseled and provided patentability opinions and infringement analysis opinions.
- Successfully obtained transfers of domain names encompassing clients’ trademarks through UDRP proceedings.
- Successfully secured trademark protection for client, overcoming merely descriptive refusal.
- Successfully resolved trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings in client’s favor.
- Successfully negotiated resolution of patent infringement claims against client.
Ms. Gehrke also has experience investigating and analyzing issues relating to:
- Patent, trademark, and copyright infringement
- Trade secrets
- Trademark protection
- Trademark dilution
- Breach of contract
- Unfair competition
Background and Credentials
Ms. Gehrke earned her J.D., with a Certificate in Trial Advocacy, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she was on the Dean’s List, a two-time regional finalist, and a national quarter-finalist and semi-finalist as a member of the Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court team, an Intellectual Property Fellow, and a Chicago IP Colloquium Fellow. Ms. Gehrke was also awarded Loyola’s Laura Terlizzi Scholarship, given to a female student intending to practice intellectual property law. She also served as a senior editor of the Annals of Health Law journal. She completed a B.S.E. in computer science engineering from The University of Michigan. Ms. Gehrke is licensed to practice in the state of Illinois and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D.)
- University of Michigan (B.S.E.)
- Computer Science Engineering
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
- Admitted to practice pro hac vice in various district courts throughout the U.S.
Publications and Presentations
- “Patent Cases to Watch in 2017,” Intellectual Property Law Symposium, March 15, 2017.
- “Defend Trade Secrets Act Passes House and Senate,” Marshall Gerstein Alert, April 28, 2016.
- “Dissent: Deferential Review by Federal Circuit Falls Short of Purpose of Providing Optimum Determination of Patent Validity,” IP Litigator, January/February 2016.
- “The Importance of Paying It Back,” The Woman Advocate, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Spring 2015, Vol. 20, No. 3, June 12, 2015.
- “PTAB Zone,” Presented at The Richard Linn American Inn of Court, October 2013.
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Community and Professional Involvement
- The Richard Linn American Inn of Court
- Executive Committee, Dinner Chair 2016–2017
- Seventh Circuit Patent Jury Instructions Committee
- Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
- Secretary, 2018 – present
- Co-Chair, Symposium 2017–2018
- Co-Chair, Membership Committee 2014–2017
- Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)
- Membership Committee, 2016 – present
- Annual Dinner Committee 2018
- Women's Leadership Institute 2015–2016
- Children's Home & Aid Associate Board
- Development Chair 2016–present
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Women’s Leadership & Mentoring Alliance (WLMA)
In Ms. Gehrke's spare time, she volunteers with Children's Home & Aid and serves as a mentor for youth in foster care. She has also volunteered through the Chicago Cares organization and has served as a tutor to help at risk Chicago public high school students prepare for the ACT.