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Alice Kelly practices in Ice Miller's Intellectual Property Group. Based in Chicago, Alice handles all aspects of trademark law and global brand management, from global clearance and registration to enforcement of those rights through litigation in United States federal courts. She has tried cases in federal, state and arbitral forums and routinely handles matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Alice's practice includes trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, franchise enforcement and licensing. Alice represents clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, travel, entertainment, hospitality, food and beverage, and beauty and wellness.

Prior to joining Ice Miller, she practiced with global law firms DLA Piper and Bryan Cave and ran her own firm for seven years. Despite a busy litigation practice, Alice has always devoted significant time to her community, including extensive pro bono representation of children and children's rights advocates.

Alice is licensed in Illinois, California and Missouri and has lived in Chicago, San Francisco and St. Louis.  Alice obtained her J.D. cum laude from St. Louis University School of Law and her B.A. magna cum laude from St. Louis University.
Selected Experience
Defeated motion to dismiss Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims arising out of data scraping for online aggregator.

Obtained transfer of anticipatory trademark lawsuit for global brand owner.

Permanently enjoined terminated franchisee from selling catering services under client’s Marks.

Defeated motion to dismiss Illinois Franchise Disclosure Act claims brought by terminated licensee.

Permanently enjoined online seller from infringing client's federally registered trademarks in connection with selling a competing product.

Permanently enjoined terminated franchisees from infringing on franchisor's trademarks and violating post-termination covenant not to compete and compelling franchisees to surrender premises of their former store.

Successfully dismissed claims brought against asset purchaser on a successor liability theory brought by creditor of former owner. 

Won arbitration for charity which detrimentally relied on a charitable pledge donor later tried to revoke.

Won verdict for franchisor in suit brought by a terminated Area Director under the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law.

Prevailed in arbitration brought by franchisor against former real estate brokerage franchisee under the Illinois Franchise Disclosure Act.

Permanently enjoined former franchisee from violating post-termination covenant not to compete and compelled arbitration of counter-claims resulting in opinion construing Green Tree Financial in the franchise context.

Second chair in trial defeating claims brought by a certified class of consumers seeking over $2 billion from a Big Three automotive manufacturer.

Successfully obtained multi-district litigation from the J.P.M.L. of numerous class actions pending against Big Three automotive manufacturer.

Obtained jury verdict in trial involving valuation of a condemned strip mall in St. Louis County garnering an additional $1.2 million for the client.
Firm Publications
Published In
  • Trademark Exemptions to Business Opportunity Laws: A Puff of Smoke in the Marijuana Industry? ABA Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 28, No. 2 Fall 2018
  • Our Future: How one Law Firm & Non-Profit are Partnering to Benefit Children, ABA Children’s Rights Litigation Committee Newsletter January 2006.
  • Using Daubert to Oppose Class Action Certification, Washington Legal Foundation, August 11, 2001
Speaking Engagements
  • Hot Topics in IP Law, Midwest IP Symposium, Indianapolis, Ind., 2018
  • Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Basics for New Attorneys and General Practitioners, The Chicago Bar Association CLE, Chicago, Ill., 2017
  • Meeting Unmet Legal Needs: Unique Partnerships between Law Firms and Non-Profits, ABA Equal Justice Conference, Philadelphia, February 2006
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