Adam G. Kelly
Loeb & Loeb
Intellectual property
40 Under Class – 2014

Adam G. Kelly has received international acclaim in intellectual property. At 39, Kelly, an equity partner at Loeb & Loeb, LLP, frequently lectures to audiences around the world about intellectual property.

He has lectured in China, England, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States.

Armed with an affable personality and calming demeanor, his intellectual property practice is profound both in and out of the courtroom. Kelly assists clients with competitive due diligence, strategic procurement of new technologies, and license deals. He counsels corporate executives on how to strategically use intellectual property to increase revenues and expand market share.

But his work with intellectual property doesn’t stop there.

He has successfully enforced and defended against patent infringement actions in several jurisdictions throughout the world. Kelly has represented clients in both federal district and appellate courts. He also has represented clients in prosecution, opposition, and reexamination proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office.

Kelly’s clients are as diverse as his skills set.

He represents industry leaders in agricultural science, biotechnology, computer software, financial technology, green energy, and chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Recently, Kelly achieved nationally-acclaimed appellate victories before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including a milestone win for Chicago-based Celsis in Vitro, Inc. In a precedential opinion authored by the Chief Judge, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction against Life Technologies Corporation for infringing a patented method for multi-cryopreserving liver cells for use in drug research. Kelly also represented Celsis before the European Patent Office in The Hague, convincing the appellate division to affirm the validity of the patent’s European counterpart.

Kelly’s peers have the utmost respect for him.

Edward D. Manzo, of Husch Blackwell LLP, said Kelly assisted him in writing Patent Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit, an annual book that traces back to 2002 and became a national publication in 2006 through West Publications.

“Adam Kelly is a fine writer and one of the most accomplished intellectual property attorneys of his generation. As a trusted business advisor for Fortune 100 companies and start-ups across a range of technology sectors, Adam helps Chicago’s leading CEOs and senior management build and protect global patent portfolios, expand market share and grow revenue by leveraging IP,” Manzo said.

Meredith Martin Addy of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP has known Kelly for fourteen years, had this to say about her former student,”  “His track record has also made him a formidable and respected adversary among his peers within the industry.”

Kelly serves as an adjunct professor and advisor to the Intellectual Property Advisory Board for the John Marshall Law School. He is also an advisor to the Chicago Inventors Organization, a minority-focused non-profit, by providing pro bono advice to local entrepreneurs and small business owners. He is a member of the Chicago Club, the Federal Trial Bar, the board of managers for the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and the Richard Linn American Inn of Court.  He also guest lectures at local law schools, including DePaul, Chicago-Kent, and John Marshall, and The Practicing Law Institute.