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The Law Office of Joan I. Norek

        Intellectual Property

            Chicago, Illinois





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A Chemist Here

chemist, registered patent attorney, intellectual property lawyer

Also see firm profile.  The office has returned to downtown Chicago as of 10.26.07.

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Joan Norek began her technical career (B.A. Chemistry, University of Illinois) as a research chemist (Nalco, Stepan Chemical).  Love of variety led to the legal profession (J.D. cum laude DePaul University) and IP (intellectual property) law. 

Joan became one of the first female registered patent attorneys in firm practice in Chicago.

From the start Joan specialized in the Intellectual property law fields of patents, trademarks, copyrights and more, first as an Associate Attorney with the Chicago IP firm of Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione, and now with her independent firm.

A life-long Chicagoan - middle child of five who now stretch from the West Coast to the East Coast, and in between.  The firm currently sponsors her family genealogy website at www.familyofnorek.com.  Joan is active in her community and loves her
city neighborhood.

Contact Joan directly at    jnoreklaw <at> aol <dot> com   (attempting to dodge spam/spoofing)

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  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Federal Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal District Court N.D. Ill. Trial Bar
  • Illinois State Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  •     USPTO Registration No. 27,365

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)

Association Leadership Positions

  • Past IPLAC Director
  • Past Chair IPLAC U.S. Patent committee
  • Past Chair IPLAC CLE committee
  • Past Chair IPLAC Dinner committee

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25 E. Washington Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois  60602
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