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Kurt C. Riester

Kurt C. Riester

Senior Associate

Kurt Riester is an intellectual property litigator who focuses on utility patent, design patent, trademark, and trade dress disputes. He represents clients in a variety of industries in federal district and appellate court matters, inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission.

Kurt graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as an executive editor of the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property and gained valuable experience as a judicial extern to the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Prior to law school, Kurt worked as an engineer designing systems for fossil fuel power plants. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.


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  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2016, cum laude
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2011


  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office