Alan B. Samlan | Partner


(312) 655-9900 | (312) 655-1917 (fax) |

After graduation from The John Marshall law school in 1976, Mr. Samlan worked for the firm of Dominik, Knechtel, Godula & Demeur.  In 1978 he moved to Bell & Howell Company as group patent counsel.  While at Bell & Howell, Mr. Samlan practiced all phases of intellectual property, including analyzing new inventions for patentability, preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications in the United States and throughout the world, and advising management in all phases of intellectual property rights.  In 1984, Mr. Samlan joined the firm of Seki & Jarvis and in 1989 he joined the firm of Fox and Grove, Chtd., acting as intellectual property counsel to each of these firms.  In 1992 he returned to the predecessor firm of Knechtel, Demeur & Samlan as partner, where he has remained to the present.  Mr. Samlan’s practice involves counseling clients in all phases of intellectual property law and corporate law.  In his practice, he counsels clients on the patentability of inventions, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, rendering opinions on infringement and validity, and licensing.  In the area of trademarks, he renders opinions on trademark use, preparation and prosecution of trademark applications, and licensing.  He counsels clients in copyright law, registering copyrightable works and licensing software.  He also works closely with his clients in resolving disputes relating to infringement of intellectual property rights.  He has represented small enterprising clients in structuring their business and has been general counsel to real estate developers that have developed over one million square feet of industrial condominiums in the greater Chicagoland area.   

The John Marshall Law School, JD
University of Illinois, BS in Mechanical Engineering

Trade Secret
Unfair Competition
Internet Law
Technology Joint Ventures
Business organizations
Real estate

Licensed Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Admitted to practice in Illinois
Admitted in:

Supreme Court of the United States of America
Unites States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
State of Illinois Supreme Court

Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
American Intellectual Property Law Association