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Michael A. Parks

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Michael Parks' practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent and trademark litigation and counseling. He has significant experience litigating patents in a wide variety of technical disciplines and has successfully handled matters related to the litigation of complex electrical engineering and software-based technologies, such as mobile computing, cellular communications, global positioning, and interactive television applications.

He has litigated patents in federal courts across the United States, including the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware and Northern District of Illinois.

Michael also has significant experience counseling clients on proposed technologies and drafting and negotiating complex software licensing, hosting and technology agreements. On the trademark side, Michael's experience includes trademark clearance, as well as representing clients in trademark litigation and in adversarial proceedings within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Michael also has significant copyright and right of publicity experience, both on the litigation and counseling side.

President's Council, Museum of Science & Industry
Board Member, Equip for Equality, Inc.
Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America®" (2016)
Listed in "Illinois Super Lawyers" (2013-2016)
"Litigation Amid a Cloud of Crisis: Aligning Legal Strategy with Reputation Management" Association of Corporate Counsel Chicago (December 2015)
Michael A. Parks
DePaul University College of Law
J.D., Dean's Scholar (1993)
Northwestern University
B.S.E.E. (1986)
Thompson Coburn LLP
Partner (2009-present)
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
January 2006 - September 2009
Tribune Company
Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property/Interactive
October 2000 - January 2006
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
September 1993 - October 2000
Illinois (1993)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1993)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (1995)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1994)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2010)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1996)
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (2006)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (2011)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (1995)