Gavin J. O’Keefe is an associate with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. He has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in various technical fields, with a specialty in the area of computer hardware and software. He serves a diverse group of clients ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 500 corporations, and works with foreign associates throughout the world to assist clients in building and maintaining global patent portfolios.
Mr. O’Keefe also has experience in securing and enforcing trademark rights, both domestic and international, and has represented clients in trademark cancellation and opposition proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and other trademark tribunals throughout the world.
As part of his practice, Mr. O’Keefe has designed and implemented anti-counterfeiting strategies for multiple well-known international brands, with an emphasis on addressing emerging legal issues and enforcement challenges in the digital age. As part of his anti-counterfeiting practice, he has handled trademark and copyright infringement issues in the e-commerce space, and has served as the primary administrator of several large domain name portfolios of popular global brands.
Mr. O’Keefe has represented clients in arbitration and litigation proceedings involving actions such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, and has drafted and negotiated licenses and other settlement agreements to achieve effective dispute resolutions for clients. He has also provided legal opinions on a variety of intellectual property matters that enable his clients to make informed decisions and better manage their risk.
Prior to joining MBHB, Mr. O’Keefe was employed as an intellectual property attorney at a Chicago based law firm. Before that, he worked as an internal web developer for a major telecommunication company in Chicago.
Examples of Mr. O’Keefe’s experience in the computer hardware and software technical fields include magnetic disk drives, liquid crystal and stereoscopic displays, digital cameras, networking and data communications, database design, payment and rewards systems, user interfaces, audio and video editing techniques, media production, and broadcasting systems.
Examples of his experience in the mechanical technical fields include bicycle parts, railway equipment, power tools, acoustic isolators, and hair trimmers.