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Scott Linek

Adjunct Faculty, Law Paralegal Program


  • Law School

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Scott W Linek is associate vice president, chief IP Counsel at Nationwide, a Fortune 100 insurance and financial services company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. At Nationwide, he focuses on strategically building and protecting brands and innovation and is responsible for legal issues involving trademarks, patents, copyrights, social media, advertising and sponsorships. As chief IP counsel, he provides leadership and strategic direction for Nationwide’s global trademark portfolio, oversees all IP enforcement matters, assists with building and strengthening Nationwide’s patent and copyright portfolios and identifies effective solutions for Nationwide’s worldwide domain name registration and enforcement efforts.
Mr. Linek is featured as one of The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals by World Trademark Review in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and his team was nominated for a 2019 WTR industry award – Trademark Team of the Year.
Before joining Nationwide in 2005, Mr. Linek was in private practice for seven years in Los Angeles and San Diego, California, where he focused on intellectual property, tax and corporate law. He graduated cum laude from Marquette University Law School in 1997 and was a founding editor of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review. He received his bachelor’s in business administration from Bowling Green State University.
Mr Linek is an active member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), serving as a Deputy Regional President for HNBA Region X (10), a leader on the National HNBA Membership Committee and a regional lead for the HNBA corporate counsel division. He has served on International Trademark Association committees for 12 years and is a 2016 national fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Degrees Earned
J.D. Marquette University Law School
BSBA Bowling Green State University
Intellectual Property
Presentations/Speaking Engagements
Global IP Management Forum: Speaker, “Effective Strategies to Manage IP Risk & Protect Your Brand,” June 2019, Atlanta
IP Law Summit: Keynote Presentation, “Key Trademark Decisions,” March 2018, Las Vegas
World Trademark Review: Speaker, “The End of the Brand Lifecycle,” October 2016, New York
Global IP Management: Speaker, “Weaving IP into the Corporate Fabric,” June 2015, San Francisco
ALM Crisis Strategies Summit: Speaker, “How Social Media Escalates a Crisis,” Nov. 2014, New York
INTA Roundtable: Co-Host, “U.S. Trademark Case Review,” Jan. 2017; “TM Investigation,” Sept. 2009