Legal 500 Names Brinks a Top U.S. Firm for Utility and Design Patent Prosecution for Seventh Consecutive Year

ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – July 10, 2015 – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the top U.S. firms for prosecution of utility and design patents for the seventh year in a row based on the firm’s capabilities in drafting and pursuing U.S. patent applications for both domestic and international clients.

The Legal 500’s team of researchers gathered feedback from peers and clients to assess the overall strength and depth of Brinks’ patent prosecution practice group and on its work in portfolio management and post-grant patent practice, which includes ex parte and inter partes reexaminations, reissue applications, and interferences. Citing clients including Huawei Technologies, SanDisk and Seiko Instruments, the publication noted Brinks’ ability to provide “a full patent portfolio service,” and remarked on Brinks’ “strong reputation in the fields of semiconductors, medical devices, telecoms, and pharmaceuticals.”

Six Brinks shareholders were also recommended by the independent legal referral guide, including Ann Arbor-based shareholder and post-grant patent practice co-chair Jon H. Beaupré.

The Legal 500 United States is relied upon by buyers worldwide to provide an objective annual analysis of the U.S. legal services market. More information is at www.legal500.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 named among Top 100 patent law firms

ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. and with Michigan offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit, was named among the nation’s Top 100 patent law firms by the trade publication, Intellectual Property Today.

The firm is ranked seventeenth out of 271 respondents; firms are ranked according to the number of utility patents issued in 2014 where the firm, or representative of the firm, is listed as the legal representative on the issued patent. A complete list of firms can be reviewed here.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The more than 135 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 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 available at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione to host Post-Grant Patent webinar

ANN ARBOR– March 6, 2015 – 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., will serve as a speaker during the Brinks 2015 Post-Grant Patent webinar on March 19. The webinar is the second in a series of webinars hosted by the firm on recent developments in post-grant proceedings.

Cleland will present “Multiple IPR Petitions: PTAB’s increasing trend for using 35 U.S.C. § 325(d) to deny petitions for IPR” and will answer questions following the presentation. In addition to Cleland, Brinks attorneys Nicholas Restauri and Marc Richards from the Chicago office will present respectively on “Recent CAFC decisions: Treatment of the first IPRs on appeal” and “PTAB stats: Recent TPAB decisions.”

At Brinks, Cleland specializes in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition litigation in a broad range of technologies including the chemical, materials science, mechanical and medical device arts, as well as in client counseling, opinion and licensing work in those same areas. His 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 represents clients before the PTAB in post-grant review proceedings, including inter partes reviews.

To register or to learn more about the 2015 Post-Grant Patent live webinar on Thursday, March 19 that runs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST, click here. A recorded version of the webinar will be available at a later date on the Brinks website and YouTube channel.

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 names six Michigan shareholders as firm-wide practice group chairs for 2015

ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Jan. 21, 2015 – 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 2015.

In the area of specialty legal practice groups, Michael Spink (Ann Arbor) will serve as new chair of the Licensing Group and Jon Beaupre (Ann Arbor) will serve as new co-chair of the Post-Grant Patent Group.

In the area of industry practice groups, Bill Boudreaux (Ann Arbor) continues as co-chair of the Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Industry Practice Group; Kelly Burris (Detroit) continues as chair of the firm’s Green Technology Industry Practice Group, Eric Sosenko (Ann Arbor) continues as chair of the Mechanical Group and Michael Spink continues as chair of the Intellectual Asset Management Group. Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda (Ann Arbor) will continue as both chair of the Nanotechnology Group and chair of the firm’s Brazil task force.

Separately, Bill Boudreaux was newly elected to a one-year term as a member of Brinks’ board of directors.

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.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorney, originally from Michigan, transfers from Chicago to Detroit office

DETROIT – Jan. 6, 2015 – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces Jennifer Theis, an associate attorney in the firm’s Chicago office since 2006, has returned home to Michigan and is now based in the firm’s Detroit office. Theis joined Brinks in 2005 as a summer associate.

“We are pleased to welcome Jenny back to Michigan,” Kelly Burris, managing partner of Brinks’ Detroit office, said. “Our clients will be well served by her wide ranging expertise in trademark prosecution and litigation, as well as general intellectual property matters.”

Theis focuses her intellectual property law practice on all aspects of trademark law, patent law, copyright law and unfair competition law. Her litigation experience includes civil litigation in federal district court as well as cancellation and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Theis also focuses on trademark and patent prosecution, both domestic and foreign. Her international trademark practice includes international trademark prosecution, determination of international filing strategies and international trademark litigation. Additionally, Theis has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the chemical and mechanical arts.

Theis received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated summa cum laude.

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.

Six Michigan Brinks attorneys named Leading Lawyers for 2014-2015

ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Jan. 6, 2015 – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces six attorneys in the firm’s Michigan offices have been named by their peers as Leading Lawyers in intellectual property in Michigan for 2014-2015. This is the first year Leading Lawyers has covered the state of Michigan.

Ann Arbor office managing partner Steven L. Oberholtzer, Detroit office managing partner Kelly K. Burris and shareholders Lawrence (L.G.) Almeda, William R. Boudreaux, James K. Cleland and Eric J. Sosenko, all from the Ann Arbor office, were included on the list.

To view a complete list of all Leading Lawyers, visit www.leadinglawyers.com.

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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.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Ann Arbor office lands on U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers top tier list of U.S. law firms

ANN ARBOR – Nov. 3, 2014 – Brinks Gilson & Lione, the sixth-largest IP law firm in the United States, with Michigan offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit, has again been recognized as a top-tier law firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in its 2015 list of “Best Law Firms.”

Brinks is ranked nationally in Tier 1, the highest level ranking, in the category of Patent Law for the fifth year in a row, and in Tier 1 in the category of Trademark Law for the third year in a row. In the metropolitan rankings, encompassing 182 major U.S. markets in eight states, Brinks’ Ann Arbor office achieved a Tier 1 ranking for Litigation-Intellectual Property, Patent Law, and Trademark Law.

In August, it was announced that Ann Arbor Managing Partner Steven L. Oberholtzer and Ann Arbor shareholder, Eric J. Sosenko, were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. Oberholtzer was recognized in the area of patent law and Sosenko was recognized for intellectual property litigation, patent law and trademark law. Additionally, Sosenko was named The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 Ann Arbor patent law “Lawyer of the Year.”

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. Lawyers 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. To be eligible for consideration as one of the “Best Law Firms,” a firm must have at least one attorney listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers.

Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The firm’s lawyers, who have advanced degrees across all fields of technology and science, serve commercial clients, innovators and research universities in every technical field, including in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, agriculture, electrical and computer technologies, the mechanical arts, medical devices, green technology, and nanotechnology. In addition to Ann Arbor and Detroit, Brinks has offices in Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Salt Lake City and Indianapolis.

More information on the 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings is available here.

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Attorney from Ann Arbor office of Brinks to speak at the German Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VVP) Autumn Symposium in Würzburg, Germany

ANN ARBOR–Oct. 6, 2014 – Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler, an attorney in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a speaker at the German Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VPP) Autumn Symposium 2014, to be held in Würzburg, Germany on Oct. 23-24.

Nattler will present “Damages and Invalidity Proceedings in the USA and Experiences with Proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office” on Friday, Oct. 24. A German native, Nattler focuses her intellectual property law practice on patent prosecution and IP portfolio management, with a particular emphasis on the areas of mechanics, electronics, hydraulics and computerized processes. Prior to joining Brinks, Nattler gathered extensive experience in U.S., European and German patent prosecution. While employed in Europe, she was admitted to practice before the European Patent Office. Nattler attended Thomas Cooley Law School on a full academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. She holds an undergraduate degree in physics from Universität Bayreuth in Germany.

Also participating in the presentation at the VPP conference are shareholder and former Brinks President, Gary Ropski, from the Chicago office of Brinks and attorney Michael Hussey, from the Indianapolis office of Brinks.

To learn more about the VPP fall conference, click 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.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks attorney named Ann Arbor patent law “Lawyer of the Year”

ANN ARBOR – Aug. 29, 2014 – Steven L. Oberholtzer and Eric J. Sosenko, shareholders in the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks 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© 2015. Oberholtzer was recognized in the area of patent law and Sosenko was recognized for intellectual property litigation, patent law and trademark law. Additionally, Sosenko was named The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 Ann Arbor patent law “Lawyer of the Year.”

Celebrating 30 years in the legal profession this year, Oberholtzer is the managing partner of the Ann Arbor office and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. 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.

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 serves as the chairperson of Brinks’ Mechanical Practice Group. He received his J.D. and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.

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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.

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.

More information is at http://www.iam-magazine.com/patent1000.

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.