Amy Ziegler is a shareholder with Greer Burns & Crain in Chicago. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, Internet and technology law.
Ms. Ziegler manages global trademark portfolios for a variety of businesses, including companies in the software, data, manufacturing, luxury and consumer goods industries. She routinely handles high-profile trademark, anti-counterfeiting, patent and copyright enforcement matters, and also manages a substantial domestic and foreign trademark opposition and cancellation docket.
Ms. Ziegler is highly experienced in negotiating and drafting license agreements that deal with the use of intellectual property rights, including software licenses.
As a result of her ample experience managing and protecting IP, she is frequently consulted regarding the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. Ziegler’s technical focus lies primarily in the areas of optics, electrical and mechanical devices, and computer software. She has patent prosecution and litigation experience in these areas, including work on fuel cell systems, medical devices, micro- and nano-technology, laser and scanning technology, e-commerce technology, coated fabrics, firefighting equipment and advanced communication systems.
Ms. Ziegler received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a J.D. (with honors) from DePaul University.
Prior to attending law school, she operated a superconducting linear accelerator at Argonne National Laboratory and conducted fiber optic research.
She has been named one of “The Top Women Attorneys in Illinois” by Chicago Magazine, a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation, and DePaul University College of Law’s 2011 Outstanding Young Alumna.
- Worldwide trademark prosecution and brand management
- Patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition litigation in Federal Courts
- Trademark Opposition and Cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
- Trademark, copyright and patent enforcement
- Licensing and joint development agreements
- Domain name proceedings
- Internet brand enforcement
- Settlement negotiation and coexistence agreements
- Nondisclosure, work-for-hire and independent contractor agreements
- Intellectual property asset transfer
- Intellectual property security agreements
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Professional Associations and Memberships
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Local Patent Rules Committee Member, 2012
- Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), Board Member (2005-2007), Chair, Women in IP Committee (2004-2005), Vice Chair, Women in IP Committee (2003-2004); Founder, Women in IP Committee Annual Federal Judicial Panel
- The Richard Linn American Inn of Court, Vice Chair of Pupilage Group (2008-2010, 2011-2014)
- International Trademark Association (INTA), Anti-Counterfeiting Committee Member (2012-2014), Midwest Chair, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (2007-2009), Committee Member (2003-2011)
- Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society
- National Youth Science Camp Alumni Association (NYSCAA)
Civic and Charitable
- Pro Bono Counsel for Bleeding Disorders Alliance Illinois f/k/a the Hemophilia Foundation of Illinois (2010-2014)
- Pro Bono Counsel for Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization (2006-2011)
- Volunteer Math and Science Tutor, Metro Achievement Center for Girls (2003-2008)
- Co-author, “Patenting Cloning and Stem Cell Technology: Controversy and Comparison in the United States and Europe,” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, April 2005, at 1
- Interview, Chicago Lawyer, December 2004, at 20
- Co-author, “Battling Piracy in the EU: Is the EU following the US lead in cracking down on piracy?” The Patent Lawyer, Spring 2004, at 18
- Co-author, “Status Report on European Directive,” National Law Journal, December 8, 2003, at S1
- Contributor, Federal Circuit Review of Markman Issues, 2002 (Edward D. Manzo ed., IPLAC 2003)
- Co-author, “A Brighter Future for Protecting Computer Software in Europe,” Global eCommerce Law and Business Report, March 2002, at 1
- Contributor, Federal Circuit Review of Markman Issues, 2001 (Edward D. Manzo ed., IPLAC 2002)
- Co-author, “Polarization Control of a Q-Switched, Diode-Pumped, Nd:YAG Laser,” 34 Applied Optics, at 4256 (1995)
Example Technical Fields
- Computer Software and Data
- Consumer Goods
- Hospitality Industry
- Financial Services
- Industrial Supply
- Fuel Cell Systems
- Medical Devices
- Laser and Scanning Technology
- Micro and Nano-technology
- Product Packaging
- Printing Technology
- Firefighting Equipment
- Coated Fabrics
- Communication Systems
- E-commerce Technology