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Dr. Whitlock combines his entrepreneurial and technical backgrounds with fifteen years of experience in law — first as a patent agent and then as an attorney — to help his clients protect their intellectual property, their businesses, and their families.
As a Family Business Lawyer™️, Dr. Whitlock is a trusted advisor to his clients for their business affairs as well as their personal affairs. In particular, Dr. Whitlock serves business clients in the role of fractional Chief Legal Officer and/or fractional Chief Intellectual Property Counsel. Dr. Whitlock also helps his clients establish and maintain estate plans, including wills and trusts, to be sure their families are well-cared for regardless of the uncertainties of life. Dr. Whitlock also represents his clients for the successful closings on the sale or purchase of their residential real estate. As his clients' Family Business Lawyer, Dr. Whitlock is their first call when seeking legal counsel in whatever matters may arise.
As an intellectual property attorney, he helps his clients protect their inventions, brands, creative expression, and “secret sauce” through patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. He also helps his clients enforce their intellectual property rights against infringers and defend against claims of infringement.
Prior to his career in law, Dr. Whitlock was a principal and director of optical systems at startup company RSoft Design Group Inc. (now part of Synopsys Inc.), where he spearheaded the development of RSoft’s award-winning optical communication system simulation tools based on his doctoral research. He also won millions of dollars’ worth of federally funded research contracts on which he served as principal investigator and collaborated with researchers in other businesses.
Dr. Whitlock earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a National Science Foundation fellow. He also earned his law degree magna cum laude from Illinois Tech Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is an award-winning author and international speaker with dozens of publications and professional presentations to his credit.
We advise our clients in navigating the path from invention or business idea through business success to create and secure generational wealth for their families. We help entrepreneurs, inventors, creators, and small to mid-size businesses legally own and monetize their inventions, creatives, and brands. We protect their intellectual property through patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. We help clients choose and form the best business entity structures for their goals, as well as maintain their business entities and handle their legal needs on an ongoing basis. We help clients protect their families by establishing and maintaining estate plans that will work as intended when they are needed. We represent clients in real estate transactions, as well. We work closely with our clients to understand their unique needs and implement strategies to provide maximum value. Every client and situation is unique, so we tailor our legal services uniquely for each of our clients and their situations.