Michael Carrillo advises businesses on patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters, as well as on foreign and domestic patent and trademark protection. Michael assists clients with developing, managing and policing small and large intellectual property (IP) portfolios by creating practical strategies that leverage his clients’ assets while safeguarding their bottom line.
As managing partner of the Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, Michael is listed among The Best Lawyers in America and the World Trademark Review 1000. He serves as legal counsel for IP and other vital business law matters for established and emerging companies alike, although his practice is industry agnostic, he has notable experience in the software industry. Michael is dedicated to providing tangible answers to even the most complex client questions and concerns, and is valued for providing sound and actionable solutions that incorporate both legal and business objectives.
Michael has experience working closely with his colleagues to provide comprehensive M&A support, including IP due diligence as well as drafting and negotiating representations and warranties for intellectual property assets. He is adept at building and managing teams in connection with complex litigation and transaction matters.
Michael has also represented large financial and lending institutions in preparing and negotiating licenses for online banking software and technology. Notably, Michael served as interim legal counsel for the subsidiary of a publicly held company, and has drafted various agreements, including software license, Software as a Service, outsourcing, web hosting, technology transfer and distribution and supply agreements. He also is a frequent speaker on topics relating to intellectual property.
As a result of his deep experience with intellectual property protection, enforcement, and licensing and his strong interest in understanding the business of his clients, Michael is keenly aware of the challenges his clients face when managing critical intellectual property and business operations.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
Board of trustees, Hispanic Lawyer Scholarship Fund of Illinois
Illinois Super Lawyers, 2023-2024
The Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2024
World Trademark Review 1000, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021-2023
World Trademark Review Global Leader, 2020