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  Intellectual Property
  Intellectual Property Litigation
  Commercial Law
  Solar Energy
  Patent Litigation
  Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  False Advertising and Lanham Act Litigation


Professional Experience
Nicole (Nikki) Murray practices in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Ms. Murray focuses her practice on branding, advertising and promotions issues. She also counsels clients on intellectual property issues, including infringement, licensing, and branding. She also counsels clients on marketing and advertising issues arising both in traditional media and on social media platforms. Nikki represents companies in a broad range of industries, including consumer products, advertising, and manufacturing. She assists clients in the acquisition, protection and exploitation of their intellectual property around the world. Her recent experience includes:
  • Counseling clients on how to structure sweepstakes, contests and promotions and reviewing traditional and social media advertising campaigns for legal compliance.

  • Negotiating trademark license and celebrity spokesperson agreements for a major U.S. home furnishings manufacturer.

  • Negotiating amphitheater sponsorship and naming rights for a food and beverage franchise. 

  • Negotiating of advertising agency and promotion fulfillment agreements for a major U.S. home furnishings manufacturer and a consumer products company. 

  • Advising clients on compliance issues associated with rebates, coupons, and loyalty programs.

  • Advising clients on “green” advertising claims and marketing.

  • Trademark prosecution and counseling, including selecting, clearing and registering trademarks, as well as representing businesses in trademark oppositions and cancellations.

  • Representing Kos Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded drug company, Ms. Murray successfully enforced the client’s well known ADVICOR trademark against infringement by Andrx’s ALTOCOR mark. Andrx changed the name of its drug, recalled the infringing drug, and paid Kos $6 million in settlement. Kos Pharms., Inc. v. Andrx Corp., 369 F.3d 700 (3d Cir. 2004).
Representative Cases
Crawford v. Midway Games Inc., (C.D. Cal.) (alleged copyright infringement relating to plaintiff's screenplay); Kos Pharmaceuticals v. Andrx (D.N.J. and 3d Cir.) (prescription drug trademark infringement); Vincent v. City Colleges of Chicago (N.D. Ill.) (alleged trademark infringement); Doheny Enterprises, Inc. v. R&P Pools, Inc., (N.D. Ill. and 7th Cir.) (trade secret misappropriation); Stan Winston v. Midway Games Inc. (C.D. Cal. and Cal. Superior Court) (alleged breach of contract relating to licensing of Area 51 video game property); Murata Mfg. Co. v. Bel Fuse, Inc. (N.D. Ill.) (infringement of modular jack patent); Andrew Corp. v. Beverly Mfg. Co. (N.D. Ill.) (patent infringement related to patents for cable transmission line hangers and grounding clips used in wireless networks).

Education and Honors
  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2002)
  • Purdue University (B.S., 1998)
Bar Admissions
Illinois, 2002

Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional Recognition
Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Editions 2010-2011, 2013-2014 (Intellectual Property).

Professional and Civic Activities
International Trademark Association (Member).

Lawyers for the Creative Arts (Member).

Selected Presentations/Publications
  • Estate has no claim to blog posts about mom, Arizona appeals court rules,” Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet, May 2014.

  • “FTC’s Modernized Green Guides Clarify Environmental Marketing Standards,” Quarles & Brady Client Alert (October 2012) Cynthia Faur, Nicole Murray and Gregory Everts. 

  • “How to Protect Your Trademark From Becoming ‘X-Rated’,” Quarles & Brady Client Alert (August 2011) Nicole Murray and Hillary Wucherer.

  • “FTC Proposal to Modernize Green Guides Clarifies Environmental Marketing Standards,” Quarles & Brady Client Alert (October 2009) Cynthia Faur, Nicole Murray and Katea Ravega.

  • “Use of Cookies on Website Does Not Necessarily Establish Personal Jurisdiction,” The Computer and Internet Lawyer (August 2005) Edwin Getz and Nicole Murray.

  • “Avoiding Identity Crisis,” Marketing Management, Volume 13, No. 3. American Marketing Association (May/June 2004), Liisa M. Thomas and Nicole M. Murray.

  • “Copyright, Peer-to-Peer File Sharing and DMCA Subpoenas,” NACUANOTES, Volume 2, No. 1, (November 2003), Darren Cahr, Nicole M. Murray, and Howard Zweig.