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Keyonn Pope

Partner | Reed Smith LLP

"My vision is for all Chicago youth to have equal access to opportunities, without regard to socioeconomic status, zip code, race, ethnicity, gender, or any other 'label.'"


Undergraduate Degree: Southern University and A&M College - Baton Rouge, '04

Fun fact: I am an avid trivia enthusiast and Hall of Fame inductee for the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Quiz Bowl Competition.

Advocate, trusted advisor, and technophile are but a few of the adjectives that describe Keyonn Pope. An electrical engineer by training, Keyonn is a Partner in Reed Smith's Chicago office, and focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and transactions. Keyonn represents clients in matters involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, trade dress, unfair competition, and copyrights. Keyonn has extensive experience handling patent prosecution, as well as inter partes review (IPR) petitions before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He also regularly represents major brands in connection with bet the farm trademark litigation, as well as developing and implementing trademark enforcement strategy, managing trademark portfolios, clearing trademarks for use and registration, and handling matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). 

In addition to his legal practice, Keyonn serves as firmwide chair of Reed Smith's African-American/Black Affinity Group and is a member of the Hiring Committee. His community involvement includes, serving on the Boards of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the Shriver Center for Poverty Law, and his church's Prison Ministry (where he visits and volunteer at correctional facilities throughout the state). A believer in paying it forward, Keyonn instituted an annual scholarship for graduating 8th graders at Emmett Till Academy (formerly James McCosh Elementary), the south side public school he attended from kindergarten to 8th grade. In his spare time, Keyonn enjoys music, trivia, sports, and bid whist.