Sherry L. Rollo counsels clients in all areas of intellectual property, including the protection, licensing, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, data privacy, and data security both domestically and internationally. Sherry also guides clients with corporate strategies relating to the prosecution, merger, licensing, sale, or acquisition of intellectual property assets, including conducting due diligence, counseling on business strategies, and managing patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret portfolios.
An experienced litigator, Sherry has taken a lead role in trials, preliminary injunction proceedings Markman Hearings, and arguing dispositive motions. She regularly appears in courts across the country, including popular IP venues such as the Northern District of Illinois, Western District of Texas, District of Delaware, District of New Jersey, and Southern District of New York, as well as the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Sherry’s practice spans numerous industries, including pharmaceuticals, real estate management, skincare and cosmetics, law enforcement equipment and training, LED lighting, UV water treatment, ethanol processing, music publishing, recycling and industrial resource recovery, camera phones, dental instruments, ultrasonic laser seam welding, precision cutting tools, health care management systems, agricultural machinery, plastic films, aluminum extrusions and electric motors, high fashion, apparel, and jewelry.
Sherry spends a significant amount of her time litigating high-profile pharmaceutical Hatch Waxman Act/Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Some of her more notable cases involved the pharmaceutical products Actonel®, Antara®, Boniva®, Uroxatral®, Eloxatin®, Ultracet®, Omnaris®, Benicar®, Lotrelv, Zometa®, Reclast®, Treanda®, and Plavix®.
In a recent case involving a liquid dosage form of levothyroxine, Sherry helped her client defeat two separate preliminary injunction motions following hearings before Judge Albright in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and got the case dismissed from two other jurisdictions, which ultimately resulted in a settlement for the client.
In addition, Sherry regularly advises clients in evaluating new drug product opportunities and formulation strategies, Food and Drug Administration regulatory exclusivities, as well as Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) and post grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent Office. Sherry also has assisted clients with due diligence related to corporate transactions and counsels clients with respect to prosecution, filing, and licensing strategies.
Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights
Sherry maintains a sophisticated patent, trademark, and copyright practice that includes managing and prosecuting national and international patent, trademark, and copyright portfolios, as well as contentious actions at the Patent, Trial and Appeal Board, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, World Intellectual Property Organization, and in Federal Courts. She also counsels clients on brand development and corporate identity strategies, portfolio management, licensing, and recovering brands and domain names from cybersquatters, including through ICANN Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) Actions, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement programs.
Having recently been named Chicago Trade Secrets “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®, Sherry has extensive experience representing and counseling clients on trade secret and unfair competition matters including litigating Federal and State Court actions for trade secret misappropriation, computer fraud and abuse act, and unfair competition. Sherry’s experience includes guiding clients’ implementation of trade secrets audit and protection programs, as well as strategies for conducting effective exit interviews and recovering computer forensic evidence.
Sherry maintains an extensive licensing practice. She regularly negotiates and drafts agreements involving intellectual property rights both in the United States and abroad, including counseling universities and organizations receiving government funding on Bayh-Dole Act, enforcement and other complex licensing issues.
Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
Sherry maintains an active data privacy and cyber security practice, regularly advising Fortune 500 companies on data privacy policies, compliance, and contract review. In this capacity, Sherry also has drafted and negotiated data privacy addendums, assisted clients in drafting internal compliance guidelines, and counseled clients on the ever-changing landscape of data privacy laws and regulations.
Industry Insights and Community Involvement
An in-demand speaker and author, Sherry has lectured at conferences in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and has written on topics such as global trends in patent dispute resolution, employee inventions and renumeration, brand licensing strategies, the Internet of Things (IoT), telecommunications, licensing strategies, and drafting effective intellectual property agreements.
Sherry serves on the board of trustees for National History Day, is a member of the International Trademark Association’s Data Protection Committee and is a member of the Chicago History Museum’s Exhibits and Education Committee. She is the former chair of the Licensing Executives Society’s Chemical, Energy, Environmental, and Materials and Emerging Industries Committees and a past president of the Chicago Chapter of The University of Texas Exes Alumni Association.
Chicago Metro History Education Center, Board Member, 2015-present
University of Texas Alumni Association, Chicago Chapter, President, 2011-present
The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2021-24; Trade Secrets Law, 2021-24, Lawyer of the Year, Trade Secrets, 2023
Illinois Super Lawyers®, Intellectual Property, 2018-23
Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers®, Intellectual Property, 2011-17
State of Illinois, 2004
U.S. Supreme Court, 2008; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2007; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2007; the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois (2005) and the Central District of Illinois (2015)
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Member
Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), Board of Managers, 2014-present; Chair, 2010-present; Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Committee
Licensing Executives Society International, YMC Vice-Chair Communications, 2014-present; YMC Chair Elect, 2015; Chemical, Energy, Environmental and Materials Sector, Past Chair
International Trademark Association, Pro Bono Committee, Member, 2014- present
American Bar Association, Member
Chicago Bar Association, Member
Women in BIO, Member