Nora A. Preece

Nora A. Preece

Nora A. Preece is an experienced intellectual property counselor and attorney who handles both transactional and litigation matters. Arming her clients with clear and pragmatic advice on complex and nuanced legal issues, and approaching disputes with an eye toward resolution rather than escalation, Ms. Preece finds cost-effective solutions in line with her clients’ business priorities.

On the transaction side Ms. Preece negotiates trademark, copyright, and patent licenses for rightsholders and licensees in variety of industries. Her litigation experience includes trademark, patent and copyright causes of action and related economic torts. Ms. Preece also provides advice and counsel to business clients in all aspects of protecting their intellectual property and commercial goodwill in the marketplace and on the Internet; from selecting the strongest trademarks, to designing licenses that anticipate potential legal and commercial contingencies, to protecting their nonpatentable ideas and trade secrets from disclosure.

Ms. Preece has prosecuted nearly two hundred federal and international trademark applications to registration. As a litigator, she has successfully secured infringement relief for the owners of registered and common law trademarks and obtained favorable outcomes for infringement defendants.

Accomplished in the area of internet domain name disputes and trademark conflicts on the Internet, Ms. Preece has been retained by other intellectual property and general practice law firms whose clients seek to recover domain registrations from cybersquatters and domain parking services. She has filed and prosecuted more than fifty successful domain cases before WIPO and the National Arbitration Forum under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution (UDRP), has represented plaintiffs and defendants in Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) actions in U.S. District Courts and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and has secured, without litigation, the voluntary transfer of many dozens of unauthorized domain registrations for various trademark owners with and without federal registrations, including a GRAMMY® Award winning recording artist.

J.D. Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (2002)

Certificate in Intellectual Property

B.A., University of Illinois, Chicago (1992)

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

American Bar Association

Member, ABA Special Committee on Trademarks & the Internet

Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

Chicago Bar Association

Lawyers For The Creative Arts, Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney