Chicago-Kent College of Law,
Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
Dean's Honor List, Fall 2013 – Spring 2015
CALI Award, Comparative IP, 2014
Dean's Distinguished Public Service Award (250+ Hours)
B.A. Chemistry, 2010
Adam Reis is an associate at Irwin IP. Adam has played a substantial role in the preparation of patent infringement and validity opinions, petitions for inter partes review, and numerous aspects of litigation, including pleadings, discovery, and summary judgment motions. Adam has worked on intellectual property matters in several U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the American Arbitration Association, and the International Trade Commission. His work has involved various technologies, such as dental appliances, video slot machines, winches, and self-balancing smartboards. Adam has also represented clients — both offensively and defensively — in disputes involving trademark and copyright infringement.
Adam recently helped secure a major victory for one of Irwin IP’s clients on summary judgment. At issue was whether an agreement adequately transferred ownership of intellectual property to Irwin IP’s client. In granting Irwin IP’s motion, Judge Gettleman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that the agreement was unambiguous and that the plain language of the agreement clearly supported Irwin IP’s position. Adam's role was crucial in drafting the summary judgment briefs.
Adam also represents clients in transactional matters, including the negotiating and drafting of asset purchase agreements, contract provisions ensuring compliance with the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and agency representation. He has represented numerous clients in the entertainment industry, including modeling agencies, photographers, authors, and a broad range of musicians across several genres of music.
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
Vice-chair, Intellectual Property Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Lawyers for the Creative Arts Associates Board
Band Law for Bands, Second Edition
During law school, Adam served as a board member for the Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Law Society; helped establish an alumni-student mentor program; represented clients through the Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Clinic; served as a shift supervisor helping pro se litigants at the Chicago-Kent Self Help Web Center in the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago; and competed in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition.
Before starting law school, Adam worked as an Associate Chemist in Chromatography for Patheon Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. As an undergraduate, Adam focused his research on membrane protein structure.