Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services

Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services

It is difficult to conceive of novel and innovative ideas, create works of art and develop valuable goodwill in a mark. It takes dedication, commitment, creativity and ingenuity. In order to benefit from these innovations, inventors, artists and businesses need strong protection and counseling. Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys bring knowledge, proficiency and innovative strategies to bear on protecting intellectual property owners’ rights. The firm strives to understand the distinctive needs of its clients and tailors its services to meet those unique needs.
Our intellectual property group offers a full spectrum of superior litigation, prosecution and transactional assistance in a wide range of areas, including trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. While providing these services, our attorneys have represented clients ranging from entertainers and small companies to large corporations.

In addition, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP draws upon its national reputation as a litigation firm to protect its clients in the courtroom. Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP is often retained as counsel in injunctive proceedings. In these fast-moving actions, immediate expert decision-making is required. Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP can and does provide this critical legal advice to its clients.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys have represented and assisted clients with numerous intellectual property issues, including in the following areas:

Trademark, Trade Dress and Unfair Practices
  • Application Drafting and Prosecution
  • Counseling and Opinion Letters
  • Licensing, Assignments, and Transactions
  • Madrid Trademark Registration
  • Mark Monitoring
  • Preliminary Investigations and Clearances
  • Researching and Providing Availability Reports
  • Application Drafting and Prosecution
  • Licensing, Assignments and Transactions
Trade Secret
  • Counseling and Opinion Letters
  • Employment Contract Formation and Counseling
  • Copyright
  • Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Patent
  • Trade Dress
  • Trade Secret
  • Trademark and Trademark Dilution
  • Right of Publicity
General Intellectual Property
  • Auditing
  • Counseling
  • Insurance Coverage Analysis and Opinions
For more information on Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services Practice Group, please contact Stephen Fardy at or 312-923-8247.


Chicago, October 17, 2017
Vanderporten Speaks at DRI Annual Meeting on False Advertising Law
Vanderporten focused on “Recent Trends in False Advertising Law.”

Chicago, October 2, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Continued Growth
In recognition of its 25th anniversary year, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has made a monthly donation to a non-profit with whom the firm has a strong relationship.

Chicago, September 21, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Client Obtains Summary Judgment in Copyright Case
The ruling granted Frenchy's summary judgment as defendant in an action brought by a former employee.

Chicago, Madison County, July 25, 2017
Three Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that two lateral attorneys and a newly sworn-in attorney have joined the firm as associates.

Chicago, May 9, 2017
Sheean, Wahl Speak at DRI Business Litigation Seminar
Sheean chairs the DRI Business Litigation Committee; Wahl will speak to young lawyers on copyright basics in musical compositions and sound recordings.

Chicago, Lisle, January 5, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names Three New Partners
Sullivan practices in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Lisle office, while Lothson and Wahl practice in the firm’s Chicago office.

Chicago, July 15, 2016
Fardy, Reilly Represent Convenience Store Chain in IP Dispute
The chain has asked U.S. District Court to allow it to continue referring to its four-sided doughnuts as “square donuts."

Chicago, June 21, 2016
IP Newsletter: How the Defense of Trade Secrets Act Impacts Your Business
The Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services Practice Group has released its June newsletter.

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Chicago, May 5, 2016
Former Harpo Attorney Joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Entertainment Practice
McMillan’s practice encompasses a broad range of matters in the entertainment industry, with an emphasis on television and motion picture matters.

Chicago, January 21, 2016
Patterson Authors "Above the Law" Article on Litigation Finance
Patterson discusses three ways litigation finance changes an attorney's job, inside and out.

Chicago, January 18, 2016
Becker, Patterson Lead Tech Talk on New Media
The talk is hosted at 2112, Chicago's first incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video, and creative technology.

Chicago, December 17, 2015
Lateral Associates, Law School Grads Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm welcomes two lateral associates and two recent law school graduates to the firm’s Chicago office.

Chicago, October 30, 2015
Skiko, Fardy Recognized at Jury Verdict Reporter Awards
The pair were recognized for obtaining the highest settlement of 2014-2015 on behalf of client Business Logic.

Chicago, October 12, 2015
October's Chicago Lawyer Cover Features Fardy
Chicago Lawyer recognized partners Steve Fardy and Pete Skiko for obtaining the largest settlement in 2014 on behalf of a client.

Chicago, April 6, 2015
Recent Results Highlight Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Growing Strength in Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property
Long known for its depth in tort defense and trial experience, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s success continues in other litigation areas.

Chicago, January 15, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
Six associates were recently named partners, including one in St. Louis.

Chicago, September 10, 2014
Fardy, Skiko Author Intellectual Property Magazine Article
The article details a trade secret dispute that settled for over $60 million.

Chicago, July 21, 2014
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Trade Secret Settlement
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP represent Business Logic Holding Corporation in its $61 million settlement with Morningstar, Inc.

Chicago, July 18, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Client Business Logic Obtains $61 Million Settlement
The publicly reported settlement ranks as both one of the largest reported Illinois settlements in recent years and is among the ten largest reported settlements involving trade secret misappropriation, according to Orrick.

Chicago, June 17, 2014
Wahl Receives Rising Star Award at IDC Awards Reception
Wahl also received the Meritorious Award and the President's Commendation.

Chicago, June 4, 2014
Lateral Associates, New Grad Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes three associates, including one who was recently sworn in to the Illinois Bar.

Chicago, January 8, 2014
Fardy Wins IP Bench Trial on Patent Ownership and Fraud Issues
The client won a declaratory judgment on patent ownership issues as well as counterclaims of fraudulent concealment and fraud misrepresentation.

Chicago, September 4, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Wins Summary Judgment in Trade Secret Matter
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP won summary judgment on behalf of its client, a California plant propagator, in a sophisticated multi-million dollar trade secret matter involving the licensing, marketing and development of specialized plant lines.

Chicago, July 9, 2013
Seven Lateral Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Four partners and three associates have recently joined the firm's Chicago office.

Chicago, July 19, 2012
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Wins Summary Judgment in IP Case
The firm won summary judgment immediately prior to trial in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

Chicago, April 26, 2012
Sheean Addresses Trade Secrets Law at DRI Conference
Sheean will discuss strategies for litigating trade secrets claims at DRI's Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Seminar.

Chicago, March 19, 2012
Toxic Tort Team, Former Patent Examiner Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP welcomes four lateral attorneys to its Chicago office.

Chicago, March 16, 2011
Vogts, Waidzunas Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP recently added two attorneys to its Chicago office.

Chicago, February 24, 2011
Sheean Authors Blog Posting for Defense Research Institute
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Christopher T. Sheean recently authored a blog posting for the Defense Research Institute (DRI) blog, DRI Today.

Chicago, February 15, 2011
Sheean Quoted in Chicago Tribune Article on Motorola Lawsuit
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Christopher T. Sheean was quoted in an article in today’s Chicago Tribune titled, “Motorola Solutions heads to federal court; restraining order at issue.”

Chicago, November 3, 2009
Fardy Named One of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” in Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Annual Survey
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that P. Stephen Fardy, an equity partner in its Chicago office, has been selected from a pool of more than 1,000 nominees.

Chicago, February 23, 2009
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Announces Arrival of Christopher T. Sheean
Christopher T. Sheean has joined Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago office as a partner in its Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services and Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes Practice Groups.

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