Clara Duffield is a seasoned transactional lawyer, with significant experience acting as a trusted business advisor. Clara’s practice focuses on technology, intellectual property, corporate and vendor contracts, and commercial real estate. She represents hedge funds, technology companies, and financial services companies in a wide range of transactional matters, including business structuring, data and research purchases, vendor audits, hardware, software, and professional services purchases and sales, privacy and data security compliance, and commercial real estate acquisition, disposition, financing, and leasing.
After graduating from The University of Chicago Law School in 2002, Clara spent 8 years in private practice representing clients in complex commercial real estate, merger and acquisition, branding, and other transactional matters. For the subsequent 7 years, Clara worked as in-house counsel to a large financial services company, handling intellectual property, vendor contracts, technology, privacy, licensing, marketing, and otherwise supporting general operations. She started Duffield Law, P.C. in fall 2017 to offer high-quality, value-added legal services across a range of industries, at an affordable rate.
I am an advocate, consultant, and art enthusiast. I am motivated to use my law degree to help others achieve their goals and reach their potential. I entered law school because of the potential which I saw in the legal profession to promote positive social change and protect creative enterprises. I put my license to use every day to advise entrepreneurs and small business owners on their legal rights while teaching them how to protect their intellectual property. I am proud of the fact that my living is made laying the ground work for freelancers and artists to build successful enterprises through contracts, corporate registrations, and trademark management. I don’t want to go a day without hearing a great new idea, a unique solution to an old problem, or experiencing something that inspires me. If this also sounds like you, then I would like to be your attorney. How can I be of assistance?
Brett Tolpin is an attorney with 15 years of experience who counsels and advises clients in all areas of intellectual property, internet and entertainment law including maximizing protection and defining rights. He engages in all aspects of portfolio and brand management through the clearance, registration, policing and enforcement of domestic and international copyrights, trademarks and trade dress; prosecutes and defends oppositions, cancellations and ex parte proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Brett also manages large international IP portfolios and handled numerous brand driven acquisitions with significant trademarks, copyrights, software and IP licenses.
Brett also represents clients who need to police against online piracy, counterfeiting and infringement. He provides trademark and copyright opinions, registration and enforcement; prosecutes and defends domain name disputes via arbitration forums; provides advice concerning advertising and promotions, including representation at National Advertising Division proceedings; right of privacy and publicity; licensing; unfair and deceptive trade practices; trade secrets; defense and litigation of intellectual property rights.
Prior to co-founding Tolpin & Partners, P.C. Brett was an attorney at a Chicago based mid-sized intellectual property boutique firm and a Trademark Examining Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). At the USPTO, he reviewed trademark applications for all goods (products) and services, and determined the registrability of proposed trademarks. He defended those determinations with numerous briefs and oral hearings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the USPTO.
He currently represents or has recently represented clients in the following fields: branding; internet content providers, music, software; computer hardware; website development and hosting; home and industrial appliance manufacturers and suppliers; video games; theater and dance; publishing; food; restaurants; physical fitness; sports; toys; clothing and retail stores; health care; recreational and commercial vehicles; machines; pharmaceuticals; education and instruction; printed and online publications; entertainment; weaponry; training devices; consumer goods; hardware and industrial supplies; medical equipment; insurance; banking, advertising, promotions, marketing, business applications and associations.
Mr. Tolpin completed advanced course study in international law through the University of Iowa as well as unfair competition, patent law, patent litigation, copyrights and intellectual property licensing from the George Washington School of Law in Washington, D.C.
In 2007, he completed deposition and pre-trial skills via the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, attended a marketing law conference via the Promotion Marketing Association, and the International Trademark Association Annual Conferences as well as a number of continuing legal education seminars relating to unfair competition, copyright, trade secret, patent and entertainment law.
Bar and Court Admissions
- Illinois Supreme Court
- Washington Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. Supreme Court
- George Washington School of Law, Intellectual Property Advance Course Study, 1998 – 2000
- Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1996
- University of Iowa-Bordeaux International Law Program, 1994
- University of Iowa, B.A., English, 1993
- Publication- False Advertising on the Internet, Reaching Behind the Electronic Veil (Chicago Bar Association Bulletin, April, 2006)
Working with growing businesses is exciting to Patrick, particularly small and middle market businesses. In his experience these are the businesses that bring the most creative and innovative products and services to market. Additionally, in these businesses, resources are limited, and making appropriate decisions as to which assets to protect, and how to protect them, is critical. Patrick runs an IP micro-boutique because he believes it is the best way to serve small and middle market businesses’ IP needs.
Patrick’s background has put him in a prime position to work with companies across many industries. He works on matters including (but not limited to) software patents, mobile apps, medical devices, wireless communication networks and household and consumer goods. The only technical subject matters he avoids are pharmaceutical- and chemistry-based patent applications.
Patrick’s greatest strength as a lawyer is in providing the guidance and direction needed to make appropriate strategic decisions based on your business’s specific needs. He is an active problem solver and finds it personally fulfilling to help businesses navigate complex IP decisions.
To read about what Patrick’s clients say about him and his practice, see his client reviews at http://www.richardspatentlaw.com/client-reviews/.
- Intellectual Property Strategy
- Works with clients bringing new products to the market to secure patent and trademark rights.
- Works with clients bringing new products to the market to determine the likelihood that the products will infringe others’ intellectual property rights.
- Works with clients to license patent rights, both from the licensor and licensee perspectives.
- Enforces patent rights through litigation.
Bar and Court Admissions
- Illinois Supreme Court, 2000
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Northern District of Illinois
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2000
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Civil Engineering, 1997, with honors
- Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star 2012-2015