Areas of Practice
Beverly Berneman protects creativity. As Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Golan Christie Taglia, Beverly works with clients to protect their valuable intangible assets in the form of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. In working with her clients, she also considers how that intellectual property fits in with their business operations internally and in the marketplace.
Beverly provides clients the best legal advice possible based on a deep understanding of their business and their goals in order to deliver ‘tailored’ legal services that protect their assets.
Recognizing that the creative parts of a business are also the foundation of the value of a business, her approach emphasizes taking action sooner rather than later. Beverly encourages clients to protect their creativity before outside forces erode or interfere with their value. As a result, her legal services add actual and quantifiable value to her clients’ businesses.
Beverly focuses her practice in the following areas:
- Intellectual property rights counseling and protection
- Intellectual property licensing and transactions
- Business consultation
- Litigation and dispute resolution
- Business reorganization and bankruptcy
In addition to Beverly’s intellectual property practice, she has extensive experience in business reorganizations. Her dual experience with bankruptcy law and intellectual property law uniquely positions her to help financially troubled businesses whose primary assets are intellectual property.
Beverly regularly publishes on her blog “IP News for Your Business” on current court decisions and changes in the law of Intellectual Property that may impact a business.
Beverly has written and spoken at seminars, meetings and conventions about bankruptcy and intellectual property issues, including Deepening Insolvency: A New Cause of Action against Directors and Officers; The UCC Toolbox; Hot Topics in Secure Transactions and Intellectual Property; Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy; Ten Things Every Intellectual Property Practitioner Should Know about Secured Transactions; Navigating the Bankruptcy Waters in a Domain Name Rowboat; and Caveat Trade Secret Misappropriation Debts. Beverly co-authored, Choppy Waters; Navigating the Intersection of Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property published by the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Since 2003, Beverly has taught Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property at The John Marshall School of Law (now the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Law). Beverly has also appeared as a guest lecturer for business and intellectual property classes offered by the Chicago-Kent School of Law.
Prior to joining GCT, Beverly served as chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Querrey & Harrow, Ltd. and was Managing Partner of Benjamin, Berneman & Brom, LLC.
Beverly enjoys traveling, reading, going to the movies and attending live theater. She recently started taking piano lessons after a long hiatus and enjoys reawakening a skill that has long been dormant.
The John Marshall Law School, LLM, Intellectual Property, with honors, 2003
Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1985
University of Boulder, Colorado, B.A. in Theater, with honors, 1977
American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Copyright Society of the USA
Illinois State Bar Association (Member of the Intellectual Property Council)
Trusted Advisors Counsel
TEACHING & PRESENTATIONS
- Adjunct Professor John Marshall School of Law – 2003 to Present
- Intellectual Property Licensing and ROI: Corporate IP Conference, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 2008
- Music Artists Beware: New York State Bank Association Music Business Law Seminar, October 2008
- Copyright, Permissions, and International Piracy: Cadmus Communications Publishing Conference, May 2010
- Parody; Understanding Parody's Place in Copyright Law: Copyright Law, Practicing Law Institute, May 2010
- Protecting Your Stuff: WindyCon, October 2010
- Google Book Project – Putting it in Perspective: Chicago Association of Law Libraries, May 2011
- Handling IP Asset Issues in the Distressed Small Business: American Bankruptcy Institute, Spring 2012
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Illinois Supreme Court
HONORS & AWARDS
Leading Lawyers Network
100 Best Legal Blawgs (American Bar Association)
Pro Bono legal services for small regional theater companies
IP News for Your Business
A thoughtful blog on current court decisions and changes in the law of Intellectual Property that may impact a business.
LATEST NEWS & INSIGHTS FROM Beverly A. Berneman
July 15, 2021 News
Golan Christie Taglia attorneys successfully represented a kosher caterer before the Beit Din Rabbinic Court of the Chicago Rabbinical Council.Read More
March 30, 2021 News IP Alerts
Starting in early 2022, the US Copyright Office will begin offering a small claims court for copyright infringement cases. Now is a good time to audit your website and avoid potential copyright problems.Read More
March 15, 2021 PublicationsIllinois State Bar Association: Intellectual Property
February 23, 2021 News
Golan Christie Taglia is delighted to announce the inclusion of 21 firm attorneys to the 2021 Leading and Emerging Lawyers lists for their outstanding work in a wide range of areas including Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial and more.Read More
February 18, 2021 EventsGCT360 WEBINAR: NEW COVID ERA LAWS THAT IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS AND HOW TO BEST USE THEM TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
COVID-19 has prompted numerous changes to the employment, tax and bankruptcy laws that govern businesses that continue to struggle to stay afloat amidst the ongoing pandemic. Join GCT partner Beverly Berneman for a comprehensive discussion on a range of updates to laws, regulations and requirements that businesses, employers and employees must consider as they plan to navigate the new business environment in the post-COVID era.Read More
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