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Brinks Named Midwest Firm of the Year for Trademark Contentious by Managing IP; Leading Firm in Three Other Categories

Ann Arbor/Detroit – April 9, 2013 -Managing Intellectual Property has recognized intellectual property law firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione as Firm of the Year 2013 for the Midwest region in the category of Trademark – Contentious, and has ranked Brinks as a leading firm in the Midwest for Patent Prosecution, Trademark Prosecution and Patent Contentious. Brinks has Michigan offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

The firm also was ranked in the top tiers in each of these four categories nationally, including Tier 2 rankings in Trademark Prosecution and Trademark Contentious, Tier 3 in Patent Prosecution and Tier 4 in Patent Contentious.

“We are extremely pleased to receive recognition from Managing IP as 2013 Firm of the Year in the Midwest for our work in trademark disputes,” said Brinks’ John T. Gabrielides, who chairs the firm’s trademark practice and who accepted the award on its behalf at Managing IP’s 6th annual North American Awards ceremony in Washington D.C., on March 20, 2013.

One of the country’s largest IP law firms, with particular expertise in serving clients in scientific research and technology, Brinks also marked its fifth consecutive year in being accorded such high rank in the regional Patent Prosecution and Trademark Prosecution categories.

“Brinks attorneys work hard to provide high-quality intellectual property legal services to our clients across a broad range of range of technologies and trademarks,” said Brinks president and Michigan native James R. Sobieraj. “To consistently be accorded such high rankings by Managing IP in patent and trademark categories again confirms our attorneys’ commitment to excellence and our position as the largest IP firm in the Midwest.”

Managing IP, part of the Euromoney Legal Media Group, is an international magazine for IP owners covering all aspects of IP practice worldwide. About three-quarters of the readers are senior in-house counsel in multinational companies. The publication bases its awards on interviews with IP practitioners and owners worldwide, and ranks leading firms in various tiers.

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Brinks is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., with more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents providing expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. Clients around the world use Brinks to identify, protect, and manage intellectual assets, and to defend or enforce their intellectual property rights. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. More information is available at