Brinks Gilson and Lione listed among largest intellectual property law firms in Southeast Michigan

Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., and with offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit, is listed as the 9th largest intellectual property law firm in Southeast Michigan in the 2016 Crain’s Detroit Business annual book of lists. The book of lists was released Dec. 28, 2015.

Brinks’ Ann Arbor office was opened in 2001 and the Detroit office opened in 2013. Combined, the Ann Arbor and Detroit offices have 18 attorneys dedicated exclusively to the practice of intellectual property. Steven L. Oberholtzer is the managing partner of the Ann Arbor office and Kelly K. Burris is the managing partner of the Detroit office.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property. Brinks is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks lawyers provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

 

Brooks Kushman Recognized as a 2015 Top Workplace

Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been recognized by the Detroit Free Press as one of the 2015 Top Workplaces in Metro-Detroit. This is the 3rd consecutive year Brooks Kushman has achieved this recognition.

The 2015 Top Workplaces were announced during the eighth annual Top Workplace awards event on Wednesday, November 18 at the Troy Marriott.

“We strive to make Brooks Kushman a company that employees believe in and are proud to work for,” said Mark Cantor, president of Brooks Kushman. “We are proud to see these efforts continuing to make a difference in our firm’s daily life, resulting in our employees making us a Top Workplace again for 2015.”

Winners were selected based on a national benchmark set by WorkplaceDynamics, a company specializing in employee satisfaction surveys.

Brooks Kushman was one of 35 employers recognized as a Midsize Top Workplace. According to WorkplaceDynamics, the results are based on analysis of survey results from more than 5,000 companies from across the country.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione names six Michigan shareholders as firm-wide practice group chairs for 2015

ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Jan. 21, 2015 – Six shareholders from the Michigan offices of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, have been named or reappointed firm-wide chairpersons of the firm’s legal and industry practice groups and geographic task forces for 2015.

In the area of specialty legal practice groups, Michael Spink (Ann Arbor) will serve as new chair of the Licensing Group and Jon Beaupre (Ann Arbor) will serve as new co-chair of the Post-Grant Patent Group.

In the area of industry practice groups, Bill Boudreaux (Ann Arbor) continues as co-chair of the Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Industry Practice Group; Kelly Burris (Detroit) continues as chair of the firm’s Green Technology Industry Practice Group, Eric Sosenko (Ann Arbor) continues as chair of the Mechanical Group and Michael Spink continues as chair of the Intellectual Asset Management Group. Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda (Ann Arbor) will continue as both chair of the Nanotechnology Group and chair of the firm’s Brazil task force.

Separately, Bill Boudreaux was newly elected to a one-year term as a member of Brinks’ board of directors.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione to host annual IP Developments webinar

DETROIT– Jan. 15, 2015 – Kelly Burris, managing partner of the Detroit office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a speaker during the Brinks 2015 IP Developments webinar on Jan. 21. The firm hosts the complimentary, annual webinar to offer a glimpse into potential developments for the new year in the areas of patents, trademarks and litigation.

Burris will present “Effective Use of USPTO Pilot Programs for More Efficient Patent Prosecution” and will answer questions following the presentation. In addition to Burris, Brinks attorneys will present on “Hot Topics at the ITC” and the “2014 U.S. Supreme Court Year in Review: Notable Trademark and Copyright Decisions.”

At Brinks, Burris is chair of the Green Technology Practice Group and focuses her practice on patent applications in the mechanical, materials science and electrical arts. She also performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and manages corporate IP portfolios and policies. Additionally, Burris prepares clearance/freedom-to-practice opinions and drafts and negotiates licensing agreements and joint development agreements.
To register or to learn more about the 2015 IP Developments live webcast, which runs from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. EST, click here. A recorded version of the webinar will be available at a later date on the Brinks website and YouTube channel.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

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Brinks Gilson & Lione attorney, originally from Michigan, transfers from Chicago to Detroit office

DETROIT – Jan. 6, 2015 – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces Jennifer Theis, an associate attorney in the firm’s Chicago office since 2006, has returned home to Michigan and is now based in the firm’s Detroit office. Theis joined Brinks in 2005 as a summer associate.

“We are pleased to welcome Jenny back to Michigan,” Kelly Burris, managing partner of Brinks’ Detroit office, said. “Our clients will be well served by her wide ranging expertise in trademark prosecution and litigation, as well as general intellectual property matters.”

Theis focuses her intellectual property law practice on all aspects of trademark law, patent law, copyright law and unfair competition law. Her litigation experience includes civil litigation in federal district court as well as cancellation and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Theis also focuses on trademark and patent prosecution, both domestic and foreign. Her international trademark practice includes international trademark prosecution, determination of international filing strategies and international trademark litigation. Additionally, Theis has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the chemical and mechanical arts.

Theis received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks attorney to serve as speaker for Cross-Border Institute and LTEC Cross Border Patent Protection conference in Windsor

ANN ARBOR / DETROIT – Nov. 12, 2014 – Keith Weiss, Ph. D., an attorney in the Michigan offices of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as the guest speaker at the Cross-Border Institute and LTEC Cross Border Patent Protection conference on Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Windsor, Canada.

Dr. Weiss will present “How Canadian inventors and enterprises can leverage international patent laws to efficiently and effectively acquire cross-border patent protection,” in the University Club at Vanier Hall on the campus of the University of Windsor.

The Cross-Border Institute at the University of Windsor was founded in 2008 and focuses on the study of border issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective that includes economic development,
geography, engineering, management science and political science.

At Brinks, Dr. Weiss focuses his practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property agreements with an emphasis on IP portfolio planning, development, and management. Prior to practicing law, he worked for 20 years in R & D management, product development, and technology licensing. Dr. Weiss is listed as an inventor on 30 U.S. patents and 4 pending U.S. patent applications regarding advanced materials, components and systems used in the automotive, aerospace, coatings, plastics, and microelectronic industries.

The event is free to attend; a light breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. with the presentation beginning at 8:30 a.m. Attendees must RSVP by Nov. 13 to Patricia Simone at psimone@uwindsor.ca or by calling 519.253.3000 ext. 3739.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

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Associate Attorney joins Brinks’ Ann Arbor office

ANN ARBOR – Nov. 10, 2014 – Briana Emerson has joined the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione as an associate attorney. She served as a summer associate with Brinks, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., in 2013. Emerson is one of nine new associates hired firm-wide to support the growing demand for Brinks’ intellectual property law expertise.

Prior to joining Brinks as a summer associate, Emerson gained experience in patent law at a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based law firm and in mechanical engineering through internships at DTE Energy in Detroit and Rockwell Automation in Troy.

Emerson received her J.D., magna cum laude, in 2014 from Michigan State University College of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List every semester and received the Jurisprudence Achievement Award for both her Licensing Intellectual Property and Patent Application Preparation courses. She was also the vice president of Delta Theta Phi, a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society and a student member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court. Emerson holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy, where she graduated magna cum laude, and was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

As an undergraduate, Emerson developed a “Sure Shot Stability Arm,” for a prototype design course at the University of Detroit Mercy that incorporated all aspects of product design and was discussed by First Lady Michelle Obama at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She also developed a “Health Center Cart” in a mechanics of materials and machine design course that received a Canjar Design Award in 2011 for showing aptitude, motivation and effective participation in a design beneficial to society.

“We are pleased to welcome Briana Emerson back to Brinks,” Steve Oberholtzer, managing partner of the Ann Arbor office said. “She is highly qualified in both the law and engineering and has already displayed not only technical expertise, but the entrepreneurial spirit that is critical to the practice of intellectual property law.”

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

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Brinks Gilson & Lione shareholders Lingl and Spink named Michigan Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

ANN ARBOR – Sept. 2, 2014 -John A. Lingl and Michael N. Spink, shareholders in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have been named Michigan Rising Stars 2014 by Michigan Super Lawyers. The Rising Star recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Michael Spink, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the fourth time, chairs the firm’s Intellectual Asset Management group and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) His practice focuses on all aspects of client counseling, including procurement, licensing and opinions on patents, trademarks and copyrights for clients in the automotive, medical devices and software industries.

Spink blogs (http://funkymarks.wordpress.com/) and tweets (@funkymarksblog) about unusual trademarks for motion, sound, color, scent, texture and shape. He holds a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He is active in professional activities including the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, where he serves on the management committee, and the Licensing Executives Society (LES). Spink is co-chair of the Michigan Chapter of LES.

John Lingl, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the third consecutive year, focuses his practice on patent, copyright and trademark litigation. In addition, he prosecutes both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous areas including semiconductors, electrical systems, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) systems, packet switching and routing, network traffic optimization, Internet search technologies, advertising and behavioral targeting technologies, optical systems, terahertz radiation systems, x-ray systems, automotive interior systems and automotive powertrain systems. Lingl is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section, the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and the Washtenaw County Bar Association, He holds a J.D. from The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Kettering University.

About Super Lawyers
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Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks attorney to speak on open source electric vehicle patents at The Battery Show 2014 in Novi, Mich

DETROIT– Aug. 25, 2014 – Kelly Burris, managing partner of the Detroit office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a conference speaker at The Battery Show 2014, to be held Sept. 16 -18 at the Novi Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. The Battery Show is intended to evaluate the latest market trends and advancements in battery technology across automotive, portable and industrial sectors as they drive development, growth and demand of advanced batteries worldwide.
Burris will present “Tesla Motors and Open Source Electric Vehicle Patents: Moving the Ball Down the Field with a ‘Hail Mary’?” on September 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the Open Tech Forum section of the exhibit hall.

“Tesla Motors continues to bring innovative and unconventional business practices to the marketplace,” Burris said. “While Tesla sites its intent to accelerate the growth of electric vehicles as the reason for releasing the company’s patent portfolio, the majority of the auto industry is wondering how to protect their interests while still aiding in the development of EVs. I look forward to discussing Tesla’s patent portfolio, the terms and conditions of the patent release and the latest developments from this bold move by Tesla CEO Elon Musk during my talk at The Battery Show.”

At Brinks, Burris is chair of the Green Technology Practice Group and focuses her practice on patent applications in the mechanical, materials science and electrical arts. She also performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and manages corporate IP portfolios and policies.
Brinks will also be exhibiting at the Battery Show and can be found at booth B1662. A link to The Battery Show conference program and registration information can be found here.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Nation’s Corporate Counsel Say Brinks Gilson & Lione Brings Full IP Package, Cites BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015

ANN ARBOR/DETROIT—July 10, 2014 -Brinks Gilson & Lione was named an “IP VIP,” one of only 12 firms that can handle intellectual property work across the practice spectrum of complex IP litigation, complex patent work, routine IP litigation and routine patent work, according to corporate general counsel surveyed in the new Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation report from BTI Consulting Group.

The report also identifies Brinks as a Leader in the categories of “Best at Complex Patent Work” and “Best at Routine Patent Work,” and lists the firm on its Honor Roll in the categories of “Best at Complex IP Litigation” and “Best at Routine IP Litigation.”

Brinks, which boasts 160 intellectual property attorneys, patent agents, and scientific advisors in seven offices across the U.S., including Ann Arbor and Detroit, and is one of the largest IP law firms in the United States, also earned Honor Roll distinction from IP decision-makers in the category of Most-Favored IP Boutiques.

“The law firms at the top end of this competitive market bring a powerful combination of expertise, deep insights into business strategy, unmatched understanding of the client’s organization, and superior levels of client service,” remarks BTI in its report. “These ‘Powerhouse’ law firms turn IP into a competitive advantage for their clients.”

BTI’s report notes that clients are substantially happier with law firms delivering both IP prosecution and litigation work than with firms they consider best in only one area. “As legal departments meet their goal of adding more value, IP decision makers are searching for law firms with piercing, strategic insight and are gravitating towards firms able to handle more of the IP portfolio—routine and complex.”

Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The firm’s lawyers, who have advanced degrees across all fields of technology and science, serve commercial clients, innovators and research universities in every technical field, including in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, agriculture, electrical and computer technologies, the mechanical arts, medical devices, green technology, and nanotechnology. In addition to Ann Arbor and Detroit, Brinks has offices in Chicago Washington, D.C.; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Salt Lake City and Indianapolis.

BTI is a leading provider of strategic research to the legal community. The firm compiled the Intellectual Property Outlook 2015 based on interviews with over 175 general counsel and IP decision makers at Fortune 1000 companies representing over 20 industries. Interviews were conducted between December 2013 and June 2014.