Brooks Kushman Recognized as Gold-Standard Firm in Patent 1000 Listing for Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, Brooks Kushman has been listed as a gold-standard patent firm in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual Patent 1000 guide. The Patent 1000 recognizes the world’s top patent law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. Of six Michigan firms listed in the directory, Brooks Kushman is the only firm listed as a gold-standard patent firm.

In addition to the firm’s recognition, President Mark A. Cantor and Shareholders William G. Abbatt, John E. Nemazi, Sangeeta G. Shah, and Frank Angileri were also recognized as patent leaders in Michigan. Cantor and Angileri are both recognized for their intellectual property litigation experience, while Abbatt, Nemazi and Shah are each recognized for their extensive experience in patent prosecution. Nemazi, Shah and Angileri’s practices also include post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

“We are proud to be listed as Michigan’s only gold-standard firm for the third consecutive year,” said Cantor. “This honor is a direct reflection of our incredible team of patent prosecution and IP litigation attorneys and the exceptional work of our staff.”

According to IAM, the annual guide is compiled through an extensive five month research process. More than 1,500 interviews are completed by in-house counsel and partners at law firms around the world. Only firms and individuals who receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market in which they operate qualify for inclusion in the publication.

Brooks Kushman employs more than 90 IP professionals handling a full range of IP matters nationally and around the world.

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, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today.

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IP Law Firm Brinks Receives High Recognition in Michigan in IAM Patent 1000, Two Attorneys Singled Out as Star Practitioners

ANN ARBOR/DETROIT, MI.—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Detroit and Ann Arbor offices have again this year received high recognition in IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, placing in the Silver Band in Michigan for patent firms.

The IAM Patent 1000, now in its third edition, shines a spotlight on the best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners and firms. Firms qualify for a listing on the basis of their depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically engaged.

IAM noted in its rankings that Brinks does a great job maintaining the utmost standards in both prosecution and litigation services, and that with its skill mix, the firm is ideally suited to post-grant work and finds itself in high demand in the post-America Invents Act environment. The publication cites the firm’s mastery of the electrical arts and its recruitment of marquee names from the International Trade Commission (ITC) as foundations of its “muscular Section 337 practice,” and notes that medical device and biopharmaceutical litigation are also strongholds for the contentious division.

In Michigan, adds IAM, Brinks “has a finger on the pulse of the state’s academic and industrial centers.” An IAM source calls the firm’s offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit “a formidable presence.” Brinks’ Detroit office, located in the same building as the new satellite branch of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), offers unparalleled access to its facilities and examiners, as well as proximity to more engineers per capita than any other metropolis in the United States.

The IAM Patent 1000 also featured two individual Michigan-based Brinks attorneys who market sources identified for their exceptional skill sets and profound insights into patent matters. IAM sources report that “the indomitable Kelly K. Burris leads the Detroit team with energy and verve,” while Ann Arbor managing shareholder Steven L. Oberholtzer “has a considerable practice. He is a pleasure to work with.”

The IAM Patent 1000 seeks to produce the definitive list of the world’s leading patent experts on the basis of feedback received from over 1,500 telephone interviews with attorneys and in-house counsel. It is published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), a magazine that seeks to address the need for organizations to maximize the value of their IP and other intangibles, and to examine the strategies they can put in place to do this. The publication targets in-house counsel, senior executives, law firms, patent and trademark agents, academics, investors, and others who work with intellectual property.

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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