Brinks Gilson & Lione attorney to present at the American Conference Institute’s Comprehensive Guide to Patent Reform conference

DETROIT – 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 American Conference Institute’s third annual Comprehensive Guide to Patent Reform conference to be held Jan. 22 – 23 in New York City. The conference is intended to provide in-depth analysis, practice tips and guidance on how to adapt business practices to a post-America Invents Act world. Burris will participate on a panel that will discuss Innovative Practice Resources for Meeting with Success during Inter Partes Review.

At Brinks, Burris focuses her practice on proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including post-grant review proceedings and the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the mechanical, materials science, and electrical arts. Burris also performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and manages corporate IP portfolios and policies. She is co-chair of the firm’s post grant patent practice group. The new group, which oversees the firm’s post-grant proceedings before the USPTO, includes post-grant reviews, including covered business methods, and inter partes reviews, along with interferences, ex parte reexaminations, and legacy inter partes reexaminations. Additionally, Burris is chair of the firm’s green technology industry practice group.

A link to the American Conference Institute’s third Comprehensive Guide to Patent Reform 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., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione names six Michigan shareholders as firm-wide practice group chairs for 2014

ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Jan. 17, 2014 – 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 2014.

In the area of specialty Legal Practice Groups, Michael Spink (Ann Arbor) will serve a fourth term as chair of the Intellectual Asset Management Group and Margaret Dobrowitsky (Detroit) will serve a fifth term as chair of the Licensing Group. The firm added a new practice group this year for post-grant patent review, specifically to counsel clients on patent litigation strategies under the provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) enacted in 2011. Detroit office managing partner Kelly Burris co-chairs this new practice group, which oversees the firm’s proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including post-grant and inter partes reviews, covered business method reviews, interferences, and ex parte reexaminations. Additionally, Burris continues as chair of the firm’s green technology industry practice group.

Bill Boudreaux (Ann Arbor) will continue as co-chair of the Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Industry Practice Group; Eric Sosenko (Ann Arbor) will continue as chair of the Mechanical Group and Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda (Ann Arbor) will continue as chair of the Nanotechnology Group and chair of the firm’s Brazil task force.

Also, Steven L. Oberholtzer, managing partner of the Ann Arbor office, was elected to a new one-year term as a member of Brinks’ board of directors. It is Oberholtzer’s fourth time serving on the board since he joined Brinks in 2001.

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.

U.S.’s Sixth-Largest IP Law Firm Renamed Brinks Gilson & Lione

CHICAGO—October 7, 2013 – Brinks Gilson & Lione is the new name of the intellectual property law firm formerly known as Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione. The change is effective immediately.

Brinks Gilson & Lione, the largest IP law firm in Chicago and the sixth-largest nationally, has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors, and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property. The firm’s 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.

Founded in Chicago in 1917, Brinks also has offices in Washington, D.C., where the firm has a thriving practice before the International Trade Commission, and in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis.

More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 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 Research Triangle Park, N.C., Washington, D.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks Attorney to serve as speaker at The Battery Show 2013 in Novi, Sept. 17-19

DETROIT – Kelly Burris, managing partner of the Detroit office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a conference speaker at The Battery Show 2013, to be held Sept. 17, 18 and 19 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. Ms. Burris’ presentation is titled The Evolving Intellectual Property Landscape of Batteries in Electric and Hybrid Vehicles.

At Brinks, Ms. 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.

A link to the Battery Show conference program and registration information can be found here.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 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. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione’s Ann Arbor managing partner named Best Lawyers® 2014 Ann Arbor patent law “Lawyer of the Year”

ANN ARBOR – August 16, 2013 – Steven L. Oberholtzer and Eric J. Sosenko, shareholders in the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014. Additionally, Steve Oberholtzer was named The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 Ann Arbor patent law “Lawyer of the Year.”

Oberholtzer is the managing partner of the Ann Arbor office and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors and was listed in the specialty area of patent law. His 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. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society.

Eric Sosenko was listed in his specialty areas of patent law and trademark law as well as intellectual property litigation. His practice focuses on the procurement, enforcement and licensing of patents and trademarks in all industrial fields, including the mechanical, electro-mechanical, medical and material arts. He counsels on the strategic implementation and management of domestic and international intellectual property portfolios for various multinational clients and deals with a wide range of intellectual property issues.

In addition to his U.S. practice, Mr. Sosenko has an extensive international practice with significant experience in international protection, both directly with all major foreign intellectual property offices and under various multinational treaties, including the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and has presented at seminars in both China and Japan.

Sosenko received his J.D. and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and serves on the patent law, patent cooperation treaty issues and international education committees, the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Washtenaw County Bar Association and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. Sosenko is also a past Secretary for the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and serves as the chairperson of Brinks’ Patent Reform Task Force. He is a resident of Brighton.

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Brinks Hofer Gilson & LioneBrinks has more than 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. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

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Brinks Among Top U.S. Law Firms in Utility and Design Patent Prosecution for 5th Straight Year

Brinks Among Top U.S. Law Firms in Utility and Design Patent Prosecution for 5th Straight Year

Ann Arbor/Detroit- Intellectual property law firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest IP firms, has been recognized as one of the top U.S. firms for patent prosecution in utility and design for the fifth consecutive year. The firm has Michigan offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

The 2013 edition of The Legal 500 – United States cites Brinks’ “expertise in a wide range of disciplines such as semiconductors, medical devices, telecoms and pharmaceuticals.” The publication singles out Andrew D. Stover, chairman of Brinks’ patent prosecution practice group, for the second consecutive year, and Michael Milz, head of its international patent practice.

Also mentioned in this year’s The Legal 500 listing are “a number of notable practitioners,” including Peter Nichols, Kent Genin, Bashir Ali and Lawrence G. Almeda, who works in the firm’s Ann Arbor office. Adds Legal 500: “The team routinely undertakes patent portfolio management work for Alticor, Cook Group, Broadcom, Levin Brothers Paper and CME Group.” The listing also notes Brinks’ recently having opened an office in Detroit in close proximity to the USPTO.

“Patent prosecution is a particular strength at Brinks, and we’re pleased to receive this recognition for it,” said Brinks’ president James R. Sobieraj. “Alongside our extensive patent work, we offer clients a complete range of intellectual property services, from managing and monetizing intellectual asset portfolios to defending their patents, trademarks and copyrights in the courtroom.”

“Brinks strives to be a preeminent law firm in the IP arena—and it’s our exclusive focus,” added Sobieraj.

Brinks specializes in intellectual property work for innovators in the research sciences and applied technology, including in pharmaceuticals and medical devices, bioengineering and biotechnology, electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science, chemistry, and chemical engineering. The firm has a growing practice at the International Trade Commission.

The Legal 500 – United States is a practical and comprehensive guide of the leading law firms in the U.S. legal market. The guide assesses firms by both geographical area and practice area and offers analyses of firm strengths. The performance of each firm is assessed by reviewing recommendations from clients on service quality and interviews with lawyers in each practice area to provide a clearer picture of each firm.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & LioneBrinks has more than 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. Brinks has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis and Detroit. More information is available at www.Brinkshofer.com.

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