Emily Kappers

Emily Kappers focuses her intellectual property law practice on trademark, trade dress, copyright, and unfair competition law. Emily represents a diverse range of clients, from large corporations to start-up companies both in the United States and internationally.

Emily’s trademark prosecution and counseling practice includes the clearance, prosecution, and enforcement of trademarks. Emily partners with her clients to develop, grow, and maintain their trademark portfolios, and advises clients on trademark protection in the United States and in key foreign jurisdictions, including China and the European Union.

Emily’s litigation experience includes representing clients in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board oppositions and cancellation actions, and in civil litigation in federal district court. Emily is experienced with domain name disputes under the Uniform Name Dispute Resolution Policy, and skilled in assisting clients with online intellectual property protection.

Emily is active in both the legal and Chicago community. Emily serves as the Chair of the Chicago Women in Intellectual Property (ChiWIP)’s Social Events and Networking Committee, and as a board member of the Ravinia Associates Board.

  • J.D., Certificate in Intellectual Property, cum laude,
    DePaul University College of Law, 2015
  • B.A., Communication, English,
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • Minor, History,
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois
Experience | Legal

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, IL
Associate, 2016-Present

Neal & McDevitt, Chicago, IL
Associate, 2015-2016

Forward Thinking
  • “Copyright & Fair Use,” Rush University Medical Center’s Copyright Week, October 23, 2018
  • “Brand Expansion Considerations,” Chicago Bar Association IP Committee – Young Lawyers Section, October 3, 2018
  • "International Trademark Searching and Filings Strategies for a Global Economy," Brinks 2017 IP Developments Webinar, April 4, 2017
Press Releases & Events
February 25, 2021

On February 25, at 12:00pm CT, join attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione as they discuss...

April 04, 2017

Attorneys from Brinks' Trademark and Unfair Competition practice group will focus on a hypothetical global launch of a new product...

March 23, 2017

CHICAGO—Joshua S. Frick, Susan Frohling, and Emily Kappers, trademark attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, will host the webinar “International Trademark Searching and Filing Strategies for a Global Economy” on April 4, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. CDT...

October 19, 2016

CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country, has hired nine...

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2019-2021
  • Illinois Rising Star, Managing Intellectual Property magazine, 2020
  • International Trademark Association
  • Chicago Women in IP
    Chair of Social Events and Networking Committee
  • Ravinia Associates Board
    Board Member