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Kathryn M. Starshak

Fax +1.312.827.8136

Kathryn M. Starshak concentrates her practice in the area of intellectual property, particularly in the fields of trademark law and copyright law. She is experienced in all aspects of trademark clearance, prosecution, licensing and enforcement.

Ms. Starshak advises clients on global trademark portfolios and filing strategies. She manages global trademark portfolios for companies of all sizes from multi-national to start-up companies, in a range of industries including the electronics, clothing, consulting, consumer products, educational training, gaming, publishing and pharmaceutical industries. She also manages the trademark portfolios for local and global non-profit organizations.

Ms. Starshak regularly performs domestic and foreign trademark clearance, and has particular experience with large-scale global clearance projects for new brands. She also handles all aspects of trademark portfolio management, including filings, prosecution, and maintenance. She also represents clients in inter partes and ex parte proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and counsels clients on a variety of infringement and enforcement matters including online issues such as domain name and social media disputes.

Ms. Starshak also regularly negotiates and drafts intellectual property agreements, such as license, settlement and coexistence agreements. Ms. Starshak also counsels clients on due diligence matters in corporate transactions related to copyrights and trademarks.

Ms. Starshak routinely provides advice to clients on proper trademark usage and reviews and clears marketing and advertising materials, Web sites and packaging for clients.

Professional Background

Ms. Starshak was a partner in the intellectual property department of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP prior to its combination with K&L Gates.



  • Listed in the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals by World Trademark Review 1000, 2020

Professional/Civic Activities

  • International Trademark Association
  • Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • Chicago Bar Association Orchestra
  • Adjunct Professor DePaul University College of Law (2010-2014)

Additional Information

  • “It’s the End of the World as Musicians Know It, or Is It?: Artists Battle the Record Industry and Congress to Restore Their Termination Rights in Sound Recordings,” DePaul Law Review, 2001.