Kevin Thompson practices primarily in the area of domestic and international trademarks, copyrights, and internet law issues. He helps clients protect their intellectual property online, including domain name disputes and through negotiations. He helps drafting terms of service and privacy policies. Kevin is the author of the legal weblog Cyberlaw Central, located at www.cyberlawcentral.com
. With the tagline "the digital world, its impact, and legal framework" as its guide, Cyberlaw Central focuses on the legal implications of the Internet as well as its impact on society. Content of the weblog includes discussion of security issues, internet governance, and recent cases.
Kevin is experienced with prosecuting international applications under the Madrid Protocol, and coordinates clients' trademark portfolios in over eighty countries, including the European Union. Kevin counsels clients in the selection, clearance, and maintenance of trademarks. He advises them with respect to enforcement of rights, and assists in representing them in disputes around the world to protect their valuable intellectual property.
Kevin helps authors, photographers, and companies register their copyrighted works, and protect their works both online and offline.
Kevin has been with the firm since 1999, and was named as a member in 2010.
- J.D., DePaul University College of Law (Order of the Coif), 1998
- B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993
- State of Illinois (1998)
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1998)
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois (2000)
- Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
- Vice Chair, Website Committee, 2011 - Present;
- Past Chair, High Tech Committee, 2007-2008;
- Board of Managers, 2005-2007;
- Past Chair, Internet Law Committee, 2004-2005; Vice Chair, 1999-2004.
- Chicago Bar Association, Law Practice Management and Technology Committee (Chair, 2010 - 2011, Vice Chair, 2009 - 2010)
- Chicago Bar Association, Computer Law Committee (Past Chair, 2001-2002)
- Supervises the maintenance of client's trademark portfolios in over 80 jurisdictions worldwide.
- Assists clients in the clearance of new trademarks, both domestically and internationally.
- Assists clients in planning and executing an expansion of their trademark portfolio worldwide.
- Represents clients in domain name arbitration under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
- Assists with drafting terms of service, privacy, and computer usage policies.
- Advises clients with regards to filesharing lawsuits involving the BitTorrent protocol.
- Copyright and Trademark Litigation, including counterfeiting, trademark infringement, and copyright infringement claims.