Karl R. Fink has been a partner at Fitch Even since 1995 and is co-chair of the Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes all aspects of commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation, creation, management, enforcement, and licensing, with particular emphasis on patent litigation. Karl has been a full-time first-chair trial lawyer since 1981, handling hundreds of lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country, both at trial and on appeal, as well as in the International Trade Commission. His litigation practice also includes the handling of inter partes reviews in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Karl represents numerous public and privately held companies, ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Clients have sought his counsel in a wide variety of intellectual property, commercial, and tort litigations, both on the plaintiff's side and the defendant's side. Karl handles alternative-fee and contingent-fee actions, as well as traditional hourly fee matters.
Karl has litigated complex cases involving an extensive range of technologies, products, industries, and issues. These include the following:
Foam padding for sports use
Interactive computer interfaces
Electronic signaling, encryption
Graphical user interfaces
Convergence of data
Sound and video transmission
Fire and smoke alarms
Sirens and alarms
Engine cooling systems
Punch and brake presses
Karl has played a leading role in numerous successful patent enforcement and licensing campaigns on behalf of the firm's clients. Clients also rely on Karl for advice regarding infringement, validity and patentability opinions, IP valuation, joint ventures, IP licensing, and other related business decisions.
In addition, Karl has handled numerous civil rights actions on behalf of inmates in Illinois correctional centers through the Trial Bar Pro Bono Program of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Karl previously served as Fitch Even's Managing Partner.
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