Katie Laatsch Fink
Katie Laatsch Fink focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling. She represents clients in litigation matters involving patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, and trade secrets. Katie also counsels clients concerning a broad range of issues arising under trademark and copyright law. Her experience in these fields includes prosecution of applications, enforcement, and oppositions.
Litigation Experience: Katie has significant experience managing and litigating intellectual property matters. Katie has experience in all aspects of litigation including discovery, motion practice, pre-trial efforts, trial, and appeal. Katie has successfully achieved client business goals in enforcing intellectual property rights and defending against allegations of infringement. Katie’s litigation accomplishments include:
Successfully obtaining a jury verdict finding trademark infringement and dilution
Successfully defending against numerous motions for summary judgment of invalidity and non-infringement
Successfully obtaining summary judgments of invalidity and no inequitable conduct
Successfully obtaining favorable rulings with respect to discovery disputes and motions in limine
Successfully negotiating favorable resolutions short of summary judgment or trial, achieving client business goals for numerous clients
Trademark Experience: Katie actively manages the trademark portfolios for several corporations, from start-ups to large corporations. Katie counsels clients in protecting trademark rights and procurement of trademark registrations in the U.S. and internationally, providing client-oriented strategies for coverage of rights. She also manages trademark opposition proceedings globally and has achieved numerous decisions resulting in favorable outcomes for Banner & Witcoff clients.
Katie also presents and writes on various intellectual property topics, and is a member of INTA. She is featured in Crain’s 2018 Notable Women Lawyers in Chicago, a special section of the publication that celebrates senior-level women in law who have made significant contributions to the industry over the last year. She is also listed as a Illinois Super Lawyers’ Rising Star from 2013-2018. The Rising Stars list represents the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state. Illinois Rising Stars are selected through a peer balloting process involving attorneys from across Illinois and conducted by a research and review panel organized by Thomson Reuters. Katie was also recognized in Super Lawyers’ Top Women Attorneys in Illinois.
Katie earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. While in law school, Katie served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Katie earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Systems Science and Engineering. Prior to becoming an attorney, Katie worked as a program analyst for Lockheed Martin Information Technology under a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Katie is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Illinois, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney.
Katie practices in the Chicago office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
71 South Wacker Drive,
Chicago, IL 60606
B.S. 2002, Magna Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania
J.D. 2007, Cum Laude, Northwestern University
Supreme Court of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas