J. Ryan Hinshaw


1776 Ash Street
Northfield, IL 60093
Direct   773-729-2247                     Cell       847-924-5298
Fax       312-268-5063

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2008
B.S., Northwestern University, 2002

Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois                 

Practice Summary

Ryan Hinshaw practices in the area of trademark, copyright, unfair competition and entertainment law.  Ryan advises clients on all aspects of brand protection including advertising and marketing, IP transactions, disputes, and litigation.

Prior to joining Norvell IP, Ryan was Of Counsel at Howard B. Rockman, P.C., where he managed a diverse trademark portfolio and assisted in enforcement actions involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  His fifteen years as a professional violinist and touring musician also gave Ryan a unique and in-depth understanding of the interplay between the creation and commercialization of intellectual property.

Areas of Emphasis and Experience

  • Global trademark portfolio management
  • Domain name acquisition and ICANN disputes
  • Intellectual property litigation, including Inter Partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
  • Advertising review, brand and copyright clearance
  • Intellectual property licensing
  • Talent, music, film, and entertainment matters

Representative Litigation Matters

Representative Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Matters:

Virgin Enterprises Limited v. Starbuzz Tobacco, Inc. (TTAB). Represented Virgin Enterprises in an opposition proceeding concerning the VIRGIN brand.

Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Limited Partnership v. Brunswick Corporation (TTAB). Represented Brunswick Corporation in defense of an opposition proceeding and cancellation counterclaim concerning the Brunswick brands.

Pivot Incorporated v. Pivot Point Consulting, LLC (TTAB).  Represented Pivot, Inc. (a subsidiary of CME Group, Inc.) in an opposition proceeding concerning the PIVOT brand.

Representative ICANN UDRP Matters:

Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc. and CME Group, Inc. v. Cmd – Commodities et al.  Represented CME Group, Inc. in a UDRP action to recover the domain name cme-commodities.com.


Memberships & Affiliations

International Trademark Association

American Bar Association

              Intellectual Property Section

National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences and GRAMMY Foundation, voting member

International Bluegrass Music Association

Board of Trustees, Chicago Composers’ Orchestra