Six Intellectual Property Attorneys Join Dickinson Wright Ann Arbor Office

ANN ARBOR – February 6, 2020 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Jim Cleland, Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler, Steven Oberholtzer, and Michael Spink have joined the firm’s Ann Arbor office as Members. Keith Weiss, Ph.D. has joined the firm as Of Counsel and Sungwook (Sung) Lee has joined as an Associate.

“We are excited to welcome Jim, Linda, Steven, Michael, Keith, and Sung to the firm’s intellectual property team,” says Philip Rettig, Division Director of Dickinson Wright’s Intellectual Property Practice. “As businesses and the marketplace continue to change, our clients need lawyers who can help protect their intellectual property assets both domestically and abroad. The addition of these six extraordinary lawyers deepens the strength of Dickinson Wright’s national intellectual property practice.”

James Cleland (Member) litigates patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition cases in a broad range of technologies including the automotive, chemical, materials science, mechanical, electrical and medical device arts, and assists his clients with counseling, opinion and licensing work in those same areas. He brings substantial first chair experience in both federal district courts and the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, including trials, IPRs, preliminary injunction hearings, Markman hearings summary judgment proceedings and all aspects of fact and expert witness discovery. Mr. Cleland is a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association Legal Task Force, the Federal Bar Association, the American and Michigan Intellectual Property Law Associations, and the Washtenaw County Bar Association. He is recognized as a leader in his field by IAM Patent 1000 and Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Mr. Cleland received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler (Member) has many years of international in-house patent prosecution experience and knows how important it is to view patent applications in the context of a client’s business and technology. While working in Europe, she was admitted to practice before the European Patent Office. The knowledge of different standards applied by different patent offices helps her draft patent applications that withstand international as well as domestic challenges. Ms. Nattler is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Vereinigung von Fachleuten des Gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes (VPP). She is recognized as a leader in her field by Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars and was named a “Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Ms. Nattler received her University Diploma from Universität Bayreuth and her J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School.

Steven Oberholtzer (Member) focuses his practice on the development and implementation of corporate intellectual property policies, intellectual asset management, litigation, and technology licensing. He has decades of experience representing clients in the automotive industry, including current responsibility for the worldwide intellectual property issues of multiple automotive suppliers. He is familiar with a range of mechanical and electromechanical disciplines, including medical devices, lasers, fiber optics, optical devices and heavy industrial equipment. He is a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. He is recognized as a leader in his field as Lawyer of the Year for Ann Arbor in Patent Law by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, DBusiness Top Lawyers, and IP Stars, and is recognized with the highest rating of “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Oberholtzer received his B.S. from General Motors Institute (Kettering University) and his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.

Michael Spink (Member) helps clients effectively manage their intellectual assets, including in-house policies and procedures, procurement, licensing and opinions. He is skilled in portfolio management and support, including performing portfolio classification, mapping and analysis. By linking intellectual asset strategies to business and product strategies, his clients enhance intellectual property protection while reducing risk. He has extensive experience in complex transactions involving intellectual property, including due diligence, acquisition, disposition, and bankruptcy issues. Mr. Spink was recently Co-Chair of the Licensing Executives Society Michigan Chapter, and is a Certified Licensing Professional. He was awarded a position in the IAM 300 by his peers as a leading intellectual property strategist and Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Spink received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.

Keith Weiss, Ph.D. (Of Counsel) has more than two decades experience in corporate research and development in material science, inorganic chemistry, and polymer science, leading him to be listed as an inventor on more than 30 U.S. patents. He has substantial experience with advanced materials, applications, and equipment used in multiple global industries, including automotive, aerospace, coatings, plastics, medical devices, and microelectronic fabrication. His experience also includes the integration of IP processes with R&D, marketing, and quality operations, as well as obtaining government funding for R&D initiatives and establishing joint R&D programs. Dr. Weiss focuses his practice towards patent prosecution, technology licensing, portfolio development/management, and trade secret analysis. He received his B.S. from Clemson University, his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Florida, and his J.D. from the Thomas Cooley Law School.

Sungwook (Sung) Lee (Associate) has experience in various aspects of patent practice including patent application preparation, patent prosecution and patent litigation. His practice focuses on mechanical and electromechanical structures such as automotive components, power systems, semiconductors, medical devices, and office products. He previously served as a U.S. patent attorney in Germany and has worked with the European patent system in addition to the United States patent system. With the knowledge and experience of different patent systems, he can help his clients apply their patent in both the United States and internationally. Mr. Lee is a member of the Korean Intellectual Property Professionals in Europe (KIPEU) and the Association of Korean-American Professionals in the Automotive Industry (KPAI). He received his B.S. from KAIST, his M.S. from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

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About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Michigan on Top in Mobility Race

Automated vehicle technology driving Michigan’s innovation economy

By Paul A. Eisenstein

Ann Arbor commuters had good reason to celebrate last Thanksgiving as the orange barrels vanished along a lengthy stretch of US-23 that had been snarled for months by construction. What few drivers likely realize is that the massive project is part of a federally funded pilot program meant to create the highway of the future.

General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra has suggested we will see more change in the automotive industry over the course of the next five years than we have during the last 50. If anything, that is an understatement – and much of the transformation is being shaped here in Michigan.

Let’s lay out the CASE, if you will. That stretch of US-23 will be used to test new connected car technology that will be critical to enabling the autonomous vehicles that could start plying U.S. roads in large numbers early in the coming decade. A new study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), meanwhile, predicts that millions of Americans may abandon their private vehicles in favor of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, and that as much as half of the vehicles on the road will, by 2030, be powered by electrified drivetrains.

Virtually every aspect of the automobile is in transition, from the way vehicles are designed to the way they are sold. Even the way they look will likely be very different in the not-toodistant future. Pure battery-electric vehicles, like the Chevrolet Bolt, put most of their drivetrain hardware under the floor, so much of the old engine compartment can be used for passengers and cargo, meaning smaller vehicles with bigger cabins. And if you are not driving, why not turn the vehicle into a mobile living room or office?

Without a driver, the cost of a ride with a service like Lyft will drop substantially. So, many people will simply use a smartphone app to summon a vehicle when they need to get somewhere, rather than owning a private vehicle, said Xavier Mosquet, the author of the BCG study and previously head of the consultancy’s Troy office.

By connecting those vehicles, they will share information on traffic and weather conditions. And because their cameras, radar and LIDAR sensors do not blink, former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind is convinced we could see U.S. highway fatalities drop from more than 35,000 in 2016 to zero.

We have not seen this big a transformation since Henry Ford started the first moving assembly line at his Model T plant in Highland Park. And it will not come cheap. Volkswagen recently announced plans to invest more than $40 billion on its autonomous and electrified vehicle research over the next five years. Industrywide, the figure is expected to run to $100 billion or more. Much of that money is being spent in Southeast Michigan.

Considering the costs and uncertainties, CASE technologies are making for some strange bedfellows. Honda and GM, for example, have formed a partnership to produce hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Ford Motor Company and GM have both teamed up with Lyft to test their autonomous vehicles. Ford, Hyundai and Toyota are among those that have pledged millions to complete the American Center for Mobility. Even Waymo, the Google spinoff considered a leader in hands-free technology, has set up a suburban Detroit base.

Who will win the race to develop tomorrow’s connected, autonomous, shared and electrified automobile? It is far from certain. But what does seem clear is that Michigan is coming out on top.

Paul A. Eisenstein is the publisher of TheDetroitBureau.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione shareholder named a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine

James Cleland, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been named a 2017 Top Lawyer by the Detroit business publication, DBusiness Magazine. The Top Lawyer list appears in the publication’s Nov./Dec. 2016 issue.

For the 2017 Top Lawyer peer review survey, DBusiness polled 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Each attorney was asked to nominate lawyers among 48 legal specialties. Cleland was noted in the category of trade secrets.

Cleland closely followed the progress of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which became law in April 2016. At that time, he looked at the impact of the act on Michigan businesses. At Brinks, his practice focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition litigation in a broad range of technologies including the chemical, automotive, materials science, mechanical, electrical and medical device arts, as well as in client counseling, opinion and licensing work in those same areas.

Cleland’s litigation experience includes trials, preliminary injunction hearings, Markman hearings, summary judgment proceedings and all aspects of fact and expert witness discovery, spanning federal courts across the country. He also focuses on post-grant review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, a forum that is quickly becoming the busiest patent court in the country. He is a member of the Legal Task Force of the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA).

Cleland holds a J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, cum laude, from the University of Michigan.

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.

For more information visit:  www.brinksgilson.com.

Best Law Firms Ranks Brinks Gilson & Lione in Highest Tier in Patent, Trademark Law; Ann Arbor gets Nod for Patent Law

Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has again been recognized as a top-tier law firm by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers in their 2017 “Best Law Firms” list.

In the seventh annual edition of “Best Law Firms,” Brinks is ranked nationally in Tier 1, the highest level, in the category of Patent Law for the seventh year in a row, and in the category of Trademark Law for the fifth year in a row. Individual Brinks offices received top rankings at the metropolitan level, which encompasses 185 major U.S. markets. In Michigan, Brinks’ Ann Arbor office was ranked in Tier 1 in Patent Law.

The U.S. News–Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer feedback, peer review from leading attorneys, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

To be eligible to participate in “Best Law Firms,” a firm must have at least one attorney who has received peer-review high enough to be listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America. For 2017, fifteen Brinks attorneys were honored with that designation.

The 2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings are available at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/.

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.

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys again named Michigan Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

John A. Lingl and Josh E. Ney, Ph.D., attorneys 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 2016 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.

John Lingl, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the fourth consecutive year, is a shareholder at Brinks and focuses his intellectual property law practice on patent, copyright and trademark litigation and prosecuting both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous technological 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.

Josh Ney, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the second consecutive year, is an associate at Brinks and focuses his practice on patent litigation and patent prosecution in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries. His litigation experience includes both U.S. District Court litigation and Inter Partes Review proceedings in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Ney has represented pharmaceutical clients in patent litigation and prosecution matters related to new chemical entities, second medical uses, pharmaceutical formulations, synthetic processes, and pharmaceutical polymorphs. His experience covers a range of therapeutic applications, including central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, lower urinary tract disorders, Huntington’s Disease, antibiotic therapy and pain management. In addition to his pharmaceutical practice, Ney has litigated and prosecuted patents related to chemical products and processes. He also has experience providing clearance analyses for clients’ new products and IP due diligence for clients involved in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions.

Ney received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College, where he graduated magna cum laude. Ney received prestigious fellowships from Pfizer and from the American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry while pursuing his Ph.D. He is a member of the American Chemical Society.

About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected using a patented multiphase selection process in which peer nominations are combined with third party research. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. For more information, go to SuperLawyers.com.

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

More information is available at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys again named Michigan Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

John A. Lingl and Josh E. Ney, Ph.D., attorneys 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 2016 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.

John Lingl, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the fourth consecutive year, is a shareholder at Brinks and focuses his intellectual property law practice on patent, copyright and trademark litigation and prosecuting both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous technological 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.

Josh Ney, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the second consecutive year, is an associate at Brinks and focuses his practice on patent litigation and patent prosecution in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries. His litigation experience includes both U.S. District Court litigation and Inter Partes Review proceedings in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Ney has represented pharmaceutical clients in patent litigation and prosecution matters related to new chemical entities, second medical uses, pharmaceutical formulations, synthetic processes, and pharmaceutical polymorphs. His experience covers a range of therapeutic applications, including central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, lower urinary tract disorders, Huntington’s Disease, antibiotic therapy and pain management. In addition to his pharmaceutical practice, Ney has litigated and prosecuted patents related to chemical products and processes. He also has experience providing clearance analyses for clients’ new products and IP due diligence for clients involved in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions.

Ney received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College, where he graduated magna cum laude. Ney received prestigious fellowships from Pfizer and from the American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry while pursuing his Ph.D. He is a member of the American Chemical Society.

About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected using a patented multiphase selection process in which peer nominations are combined with third party research. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. For more information, go to SuperLawyers.com.

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

More information is available at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Oberholtzer named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

Steven L. Oberholtzer managing shareholder of the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the area of patent law. Oberholtzer has appeared on the Best Lawyers list since 2011.

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.

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, 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.

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.

About Best Lawyers®
Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is based entirely on peer reviews, using a sophisticated and transparent survey process. The methodology is designed to capture as accurately as possible the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice area. More information is at www.BestLawyers.com.

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

Intellectual Property Attorney Daniel Dailey Rejoins Brinks Gilson & Lione in Ann Arbor

Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, announced today that patent attorney Daniel P. Dailey, formerly with Brinks from 2007 to 2010, has rejoined the firm’s Ann Arbor office as an associate attorney, bolstering its patent prosecution practice group.

Dailey combines his legal experience with his engineering background to help clients succeed in today’s evolving patent landscape. He prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patent applications for technologies related to chemical, petroleum, and mechanical engineering, materials science, electronics and semiconductors, medical devices, and the manufacturing arts. He also prepares freedom-to-operate opinions, infringement opinions, and appeal briefs.

“Dan had a successful career as a design and manufacturing engineer in the automotive industry for more than two decades before becoming an attorney, and that technical knowledge, combined with 12 years of legal experience, is an enormous asset to Brinks and our clients,” said Steven L. Oberholtzer, the managing shareholder of Brinks’ Ann Arbor office. “We’re very pleased to welcome him back.”

Dailey earned his J.D. at Wayne State University Law School. He also earned an M.S. in chemical engineering from Wayne State University and holds a B.S. in chemistry from Lawrence Technological University.

Dailey is registered to practice before the USPTO and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. He holds ten U.S. patents for innovations related to electronics manufacturing, molding and plastic processing, and integrated airbag systems.

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.

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.

 

U.S News & World Report and Best Lawyers Again Rank Brinks Gilson & Lione Highest in Patent, Trademark Law for 2016

ANN ARBOR, MI—Dec. 11, 2015 – Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, and with offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit, has again been recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers in their “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2016.

The sixth edition of the annual Best Lawyers listing ranks Brinks nationally in its highest level at Tier 1 in the category of Patent Law for the sixth year in a row, and in Trademark Law for the fourth year in a row. Brinks Gilson & Lione also was ranked Tier 2 in Litigation-Intellectual Property and Litigation-Patent nationally, also for the fourth consecutive year.

In the metropolitan rankings, encompassing 185 major U.S. markets, Brinks’ Ann Arbor office achieved a Tier 1 designation for Patent Law, Brinks’ Chicago office is rated Tier 1 in Copyright Law, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, Patent Law, and Trademark Law, and Brinks’ office in Research Triangle Park, N.C. earned a Tier 1 ranking for Biotechnology Law and Patent Law.

Thirteen Brinks attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Three of them—Allen R. Baum, William H. Frankel, and Steven L. Oberholtzer, office managing partner of the Ann Arbor office—also received ”Lawyer of the Year” recognition in their respective practice areas.

To be eligible to participate in the “Best Law Firms” submission process, a firm must have at least one attorney who has received high enough peer-review to be listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by the law firms themselves. Clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm. Peers voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.

The 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings are available at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/.

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.

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