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The Illinois Diversity Council (ILDC) recognized Mayer Brown Intellectual Property partner Melissa Anyetei (Chicago) with a “Most Powerful & Influential Women Award” at the ILDC’s seventh annual Illinois Women’s Conference. Ms. Anyetei and the other nominees demonstrated excellence in leadership, sustained records of accomplishments, and a strong commitment to community well-being and the highest level of ethical standards, according to the ILDC.

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 engineering background 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.