PARTNERS

Charles C.  Valauskas is legal counsel to domestic and foreign companies, new ventures, and universities and research foundations. Services include identification and forensic analysis of intellectual property, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, trademark registration applications, and copyright registration applications, preparing and negotiating a full range of agreements including licenses, hybrid licenses, employment agreements, work made for hire and assignment agreements, and litigation.

Mr. Valauskas is the Vice President for Industry Relations for the Association of University Technology Managers. Mr. Valauskas has authored separate chapters for the AUTM Technology Transfer Practice Manual (3rd Edition) on International Copyright Protection  and on the Rights of Privacy and Publicity and has co-authored two separate AUTM books: C. Valauskas and C. Innes, Copyright Protection of Software, Multimedia, and Other Works: An Author’s Guide, Association of University Technology Managers’ Educational Series no. 4 (Published Feb. 2000 and translated in 2004 into Japanese, Tokai University Press); and C. Innes and C. Valauskas, Development and Deployment of Digital Works in Universities: A Guide for Authors and Licensing Officers, Association of University Technology Managers’ Educational Series no. 5 (Published Feb. 2000 and translated in 2004 into Japanese, Tokai University Press).

Mr. Valauskas speaks on a regular basis throughout the world on technological and intellectual property topics. He has appeared in articles published in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the ABA Journal, and Food & Wine.

Mr. Valauskas is also a former adjunct law professor for intellectual property matters and the author of other articles that have appeared in publications including the: Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Newsletter. Mr. Valauskas received his B.S. from the University of Illinois (Chicago), his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law, and his LL.M. from the Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Valauskas is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois and is a member of various organizations including the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.

Allison M. Corder is a registered patent attorney practicing in all areas of intellectual property law. She prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patents and trademarks.  She also prepares and prosecutes federal copyrights. She performs copyright forensics and initiates takedown notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  She also manages domain names through the Trademark Clearinghouse and handles domain name disputes through ICANN’s Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy and Uniform Rapid Suspension administrative proceedings. She manages IP portfolios as well as performs offensive and defensive analysis on strategic essential and nonessential licensing opportunities. She participates in all phases of litigation including pre-suit investigation, infringement/validity analysis, preparation of pleadings and discovery, depositions, motions and Markman. In addition, she prepares patent opinions involving infringement, validity and inventorship. She is registered to practice in and before the Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States Northern District Court of Illinois.


Before entering private practice, she was in-house counsel for a global communication company where she mined innovation as Patent Committee Chair organizing invention disclosure processing of approximately 1500 invention submissions a year and administered bi-monthly Patent Committee meetings.


Ms. Corder earned a B.S. in General Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering minor from the University of Illinois (1996), a European IP Law Certificate from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands (2000), and a J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s law school, Chicago Kent College of Law (2001) with the honors of Dean’s List and CALI Academic Achievement Award: Intellectual Property for Corporate Lawyers.


She earned the 2009 Woman of the Year in Law awarded by the American Biographical Institute Board of International Research. She speaks at Purdue University and the Illinois Institute of Technology on Intellectual Property topics. She appeared in Chicago Lawyer Magazine December 2019 as one of 50 Women in Law.  Outside of law, she enjoys the outdoors with her family including hiking, biking, tennis, golf.

CHARLES C. VALAUSKAS

ALLISON M. CORDER