Nicole L. Little
“I've always enjoyed working with others to solve complex problems, so the culture of collaboration at Fitch Even makes it a great fit.”

Nicole L. LittlePartner

Chicago
120 South LaSalle Street
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603VCard
312.577.7000 
312.577.7007 fax
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Education

J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2008
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2005, cum laude

Services

Technical Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

IllinoisU.S. District Court, Northern District of IllinoisU.S. District Court, Eastern District of TexasU.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, and Media and Advertising Law (2015–17)
Selected as an Emerging Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law, Leading Lawyers Network (2017)
Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Intellectual Property

Nicole L. Little is primarily a patent litigator with a solid record of effectiveness. Among other successful matters she has been involved in, Nikki played a key role as a member of the trial teams that secured successful jury verdicts in both the Eastern District of Texas and in Texas state court in Austin. Product applications involved in Nikki’s IP litigation work are extremely diverse and include lighting fixtures and circuitry, garage door systems, industrial equipment, tools, stored-value card systems, and computer software applications.

In the IP transactions area, Nikki is involved in patent prosecution as well as clearance and opinion work related to food processing, irrigation systems, building products, and computer software.

Nikki also has experience in IP-related aspects of advertising, marketing, and promotions. In these areas, she assists clients in negotiating various advertising agreements, such as ad agency, PR agency, sponsorship, joint promotion, partnership, software as a service, work-for-hire, and non-disclosure agreements. Nikki has also counseled clients regarding substantiation, approval, and defense of advertising and labeling claims, as well as legal compliance with federal and state requirements, including with respect to email, social media, mobile, sweepstakes, and other marketing activities. 



Nicole Little was an integral member of the litigation team for the following matters:

Outside the Box Innovations, LLC v. Travel Caddy, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2012). Represented Travel Caddy, Inc., in appeal from district court judgment of partial infringement, invalidity, and unenforceability of patents directed to tool-carrying bags. After assuming representation from another firm, or appellate trial team obtained reversal of both grounds of inequitable conduct, vacator of invalidity ruling, and affirmance of infringement ruling as to one product.

Alexsam, Inc. v. NetSpend Corp. (Travis County Dist. Ct., Tex. 2007–12). Reached successful jury verdict in state court case involving breach of license agreement; reached successful jury verdict.

Alexsam, Inc. v. IDT Corporation (E.D. Tex. 2007–11). Secured successful jury verdict representing the plaintiff in a patent infringement action related to systems and methods for conducting transactions and managing accounts associated with stored-value cards such as gift cards, debit cards, phone cards, and medical savings account cards. The jury verdict was named a Top 25 Texas Verdict and the seventh-largest IP verdict in Texas for 2011.

The Chamberlain Group, Inc. v. Overhead Door Corp. (N.D. Ill. 2011). Settlement was reached.

Software Restore Solutions, LLC v. Apple et al. (N.D. Ill. 2010–11). Represented the plaintiff in patent infringement lawsuit related to software fault detection and repair technology that enables software applications to automatically diagnose and fix problems with their set-up configuration for more stable and reliable operation. Settlement was reached.

SmartSignal Corporation v. Xu Xiao
(N.D. Ill. 2010). Represented the plaintiff in a patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and breach of contract action for technology related to industrial equipment health conditioning and monitoring. Settlement was reached.

WMH Tool Group, Inc. v. Woodstock International, Inc., and Grizzly Industrial, Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2007). Represented the plaintiff in a trade dress infringement action related to woodworking and metal working tools. Settlement was reached.

RPA International Pty Ltd. v. Compact International, Inc. et al. (S.D. Cal. 2006). Represented the plaintiff patentee in successful patent infringement action in which a judgment of over $3 million and permanent injunction were entered.

Presentations

  • “Is Your Data Safe? Cybersecurity and Protection of Trade Secrets Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act,” Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Symposium, Chicago, March 15, 2017.
  • “The Impact of IPRs and CBMs on Patent Litigation,” American Intellectual Property Law Association, Minneapolis, Minn., May 18, 2016.
  • “Advertising and Promotions: Basic Legal Principles in Today's Fast-Paced Digital World,” Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery Webinar, with Sherri N. Blount, January 23, 2014.

Publications

  • “Gambling on Patentable Subject Matter: The Intersection of Daily Fantasy Sports and Patent Litigation,” Landslide, Vol. 9, No. 2, November/December 2016.
  • "Mentors, Sponsors, and Dismissing the 'Mean Girl' Mentality: Finding Success as a Woman in IP," Law Practice Today, American Bar Association, March 2016.
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Chicago Women in IP
    • Cofounder
    • Co-Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • Promotion Marketing Association, Inc.
  • University of Michigan Club of Greater Chicago
    • Member, Board of Directors

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