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Mayer Brown Intellectual Property partner Melissa A. Anyetei (Chicago) received the Illinois Diversity Council’s (ILDC) “Leadership Excellence in Law Award” at the ILDC’s second annual Illinois Leadership Conference on October 8, 2015. Ms. Anyetei and the other honoree in this category “continually develop themselves and others while operating with the highest integrity and ethical behavior,” the ILDC said. The law award recipients are a subset of a group of “extraordinary” leaders recognized at the annual ceremony—“hard working and dedicated individuals [who] have shown superior leadership and are highly regarded in their industries,” said Dennis Kennedy, founder and CEO of the National Diversity Council.

Ms. Anyetei focuses her practice on patent litigation, IP licensing, patent procurement and counseling. She has experience in a variety of technical disciplines, including technologies involving pharmaceutical products, medical devices, telecommunications, internet-based technology, smart cards and gaming devices. Ms. Anyetei utilizes her background in engineering in connection with complex patent litigation, structuring technology-related agreements and client counseling on IP strategy.

A member of the National Diversity Council, the ILDC is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion.