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Mr. Kriegel

Jeremy Kriegel

Partner, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Jeremy R. Kriegel, a partner at law firm Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP in Chicago, focuses his practice on design and mechanical patent matters. Mr. Kriegel reliably guides his clients in such industries as medical devices and consumer products, across all phases of the product life-cycle.

Mr. Kriegel's clients find he readily grasps complex IP rights and business issues, building from his training in mechanical engineering. Detail-oriented by nature, he navigates clients toward optimal business positions through careful counsel and forward-thinking intellectual property strategies. His approach to design patents leverages clever strategies to obtain broad, yet practical, protection of ornamental designs for physical articles as well as static and dynamic graphical user interfaces.

To date, Mr. Kriegel has obtained over 500 design patents for clients, including several animated graphical user interfaces for a global Internet solutions provider.

In addition, he served as patent interference counsel in cases ranging from paper shredders to window shade pull devices and steered an industry-leading maker of injection-molded components for drainage, septic tank components, construction and consumer products through a myriad of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret issues, from early design through product launch and beyond.

Mr. Kriegel has been named an "IP Star" in Managing IP's 2016 - 2019 IP Stars Survey (fka the World IP Handbook and Survey) and selected to Illinois Super Lawyers® for Intellectual Property, 2017 - 2020. He was also selected as a "Leading Lawyer" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.


Please visit http://www.marshallip.com/ for more information.

Mr. Kriegel can be contacted at +1 312-474-9561 or jkriegel@marshallip.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.