Greer, Burns & Crain is pleased to announce that Paul R. Kitch has joined as a partner of the firm. Founded in 1994, GBC is a full service intellectual property firm that offers a complete spectrum of IP services. It is optimally sized to deliver the highest value to its clients while remaining laser-focused on their needs.
“We are very pleased that Paul has joined GBC,” exclaimed Patrick G. Burns, one of the firm’s founders. “Paul’s extensive experience in building and enforcing patent portfolios of the highest quality compliments one of our core strengths.”
“I am very honored and excited to be joining Greer, Burns & Crain,” responded Mr. Kitch. “I have known several of the attorneys here including Pat Burns for many years and have always considered GBC to be a firm of the highest caliber.”
Mr. Kitch assists clients, especially high-tech companies and manufacturers, with strategic development, management and utilization of strong patent portfolios. One of the patent portfolios Mr. Kitch has been assisting a client build for over 20 years was ranked #1 in 2015 and 2013 for patent quality by Crain’s Chicago Business Eureka Index and #2 in 2014. He focuses on patent prosecution, litigation and counseling and has repeatedly been successful in getting infringing products off the market and obtaining related damages. Additionally, he counsels clients concerning a variety of other aspects of intellectual property including copyright, trademark and other intellectual property matters. Mr. Kitch is often asked to speak about leading issues impacting patent law such as recent changes in the landscape of patent eligible subject matter.
Paul Kitch currently serves as the Chair of the Patent Law Committee for national IP bar association, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the President-Elect of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC).
Greer, Burns & Crain has obtained thousands of patents and trademark registrations for its clients in the US and abroad. In 2015, GBC was ranked as the second busiest trademark litigation practice in the U.S. based on number of cases filed and that trend continues in 2016. GBC has also been recognized as Best in the USA for Software Trademark Portfolio Management, Best Technology Law Firm in the Midwestern USA, a leading law firm in Internet & Domain Name Disputes, Best Online Law Firm in Chicago, and Most Renowned IP Law Firm in Illinois.