Neal Gerber Eisenberg today announced the addition of Ian J. Block as a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group. Block recently joined Neal Gerber Eisenberg from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner.

Block has extensive experience representing and advising clients across all substantive areas of intellectual property with an emphasis on trademark and trade dress issues. He focuses his practice on litigating disputes concerning trademark, trade dress, utility and design patent, copyright, and advertising. Ian’s trademark practice includes clearance, prosecution, and enforcement. He also advises clients on IP issues associated with corporate transactions, such as IP licenses and assignments, and on advertising clearance.

“We are thrilled to have Ian join our growing group of more than 40 intellectual property professionals,” said Michael Kelber, co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. “His presence deepens our litigation bench and further strengthens our ability to serve the IP needs of our clients through the United States and around the world.”

NGE’s IP practice group earned World Trademark Review 1000 gold band status for 2018, making it one of the leading IP practices in Illinois. WTR 1000 noted the firm’s trademark practice “is incredibly strong and operates at the highest level.”

“Our unique value proposition requires first-class talent seeking an industrious, collaborative environment, and Ian is a great fit,” said Scott J. Fisher, managing partner of Neal Gerber Eisenberg. “His broad experience spanning various technologies and industries is another resource to help our clients protect the key intellectual property assets that differentiate their businesses.

Block has been recognized as an “Illinois Rising Star” in intellectual property litigation by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2014. He received his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. from Georgetown University.