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Brinks’ Ann Arbor Office Managing Partner Named a DBusiness Top Lawyer

ANN ARBOR – November 19, 2012 – Steven L. Oberholtzer, managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been recognized by his peers as a leading lawyer in DBusiness magazine’s Metro Detroit Top Lawyers List for 2013. Mr. Oberholtzer was listed in his specialty area of intellectual property law. DBusiness is Detroit’s premier monthly business journal; the Metro Detroit Top Lawyers’ list is in the magazine’s November/December 2012 issue, available on newsstands now and online.

At Brinks, Steve Oberholtzer’s practice focuses on patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. He also has experience in United States Patent and Trademark Office administrative proceedings including interferences, re-examinations, re-issues, trademark oppositions and patent application preparation and prosecution.
Mr. Oberholtzer has extensive experience with the intellectual property legal issues of the automotive industry. He has a lifelong interest in the industry and products, and was previously employed as a senior project engineer with a domestic OEM manufacturer and as in-house patent counsel for a Tier 1 supplier. In private practice, Mr. Oberholtzer has acted as primary outside counsel for a number of Tier 1 and lower tier supplier engagements that include worldwide responsibility for all intellectual property issues and management of teams of attorneys handling all facets of these matters.
Mr. Oberholtzer is the principal author of a primer on intellectual property entitled, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, formerly known as the General Motors Institute, and received his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a member of the Technology Transfer Society and the Licensing Executives Society.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 140 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 bachelors and advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. In addition to Ann Arbor, Brinks has offices in Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at