Vedder Thinking | News Vedder Price Strengthens Intellectual Property Practice with Global IP Pro
Former Baker & McKenzie Partner Jason K. Schmitz Joins the Firm
Vedder Price is pleased to announce that Jason K. Schmitz has joined the firm's Chicago office as a Shareholder in the Intellectual Property group.
Mr. Schmitz has a comprehensive global intellectual property practice that includes transactional and litigation experience. He partners with his clients on all aspects of U.S. and international trademark search, availability and clearance opinions, trademark procurement and trademark portfolio management, trademark litigation avoidance (including coexistence and consent arrangements), trademark litigation in federal courts and before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and trademark watch services. Mr. Schmitz also counsels clients in the areas of trade secret protection and enforcement; ambush marketing issues and advertisement review for liability issues; copyright protection, registration and enforcement; and the negotiation of domain name purchases. His significant transactional IP background encompasses extensive experience in evaluating, structuring and implementing commercial transactions, including all aspects of IP due diligence in M&A, finance, tax and real estate transactions. Mr. Schmitz negotiates and drafts all types of deal documents, including licenses, assignments, distribution agreements, technology transfer agreements and security interest agreements. He also counsels clients on compliance issues associated with the use of social media.
Prior to joining Vedder Price, Mr. Schmitz was a partner at Baker & McKenzie. He graduated from DePaul University College of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. Mr. Schmitz is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the International Trademark Association (INTA).