10.20.16 | Luke S. Curran

Luke S. Curran


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Luke Curran understands the value of clients’ intellectual property rights. He assists clients in securing and protecting those rights across a range of industries. He advises on many aspects of intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on trademark clearance and prosecution in the U.S. and abroad, trademark enforcement, opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, anti-counterfeiting, IP licensing, copyright, privacy, and domain name and Internet related issues. As an author and jazz guitarist, he recognizes the importance of effectively advancing and protecting rights for content creators. Luke also enjoys counseling on legal and strategic issues, learning each client’s business, and acting as an extension of their company.

Luke currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Membership Committee and as a member of the Trademark Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC).

Luke was awarded his J.D. with a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law for Trademarks and Copyrights from The John Marshall Law School. While there, he was a member of the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Council and the Moot Court Honors Council. He was also the Lead Articles Editor for the Review of Intellectual Property Law. His law review article was published and has since been cited in a federal opinion, multiple law review articles, working papers and journals, online sources, and was selected for a compilation cataloguing the most important articles on computers, technology and the law. Luke earned his Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Media and Business, cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati.

Luke is admitted to practice in the state of Illinois and practices in the Chicago office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

Published Articles

  • “The Hidden Persuader: Sound Marks as Sonic Indicators of Source,” Landslide (September 2017)
  • “IP Management: Creating, Maintaining and Advancing Your Portfolio to Increase Your Company’s Bottom Line,” The Licensing Journal, Vol. 37 No. 3 (March 2017)
  • “Adding to Your Company’s Bottom Line with Intangible Assets: Creating, Maintaining & Advancing Your IP Portfolio,” Banner & Witcoff IP Update (December 2016)
  • “NSFW: Naked Licensing and Uncontrolled Trademark Use,” Licensing Executive Society International les Nouvelles (December 2016)
  • “#MediaLegalFails, Ramifications of Online Overshare: IP, Native Ads, Endorsements & Media Pitfalls,” Landslide (July 2016)
  • “All Trademarks Are Not Created Equal: Common Misconceptions of U.S. Trademarks,” Managing IP (November 2015)
  • “Understanding Non-Traditional Trademark Protection Through the Lens of the USPTO,” IAM GUIDE (October 2015)
  • “Trademark Bullying: Defending Your Brand or Vexatious Business Tactics?” IPWatchdog (July 2015)
  • “Copyright Trolls, Defining the Line Between Legal Ransom Letters and Defending Digital Rights: Turning Piracy into a Business Model or Protecting Creative From Internet Lawlessness?” 13 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 170 (2013)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Clickwrap vs. Browsewrap: Traversing Online Contract Formation in Cyberspace,” The Federation of Associations of Regulatory Board’s 24th Annual Regulatory Law Seminar, Chicago, IL, Sept. 30, 2016


Ten South Wacker Drive
Suite 3000
Chicago, IL 60606-7407

T 312.463.5000
F 312.463.5001
E Emaillcurran@bannerwitcoff.com


B.A., cum laude, University of Cincinnati

J.D., John Marshall Law School