Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Offers New Edition of Primer on the ABCs of IP Law

ANN ARBOR – June 5, 2013 – Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces the publication of the third edition of its intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law. The primer was originally published in 2006 and has since been updated to reflect recent court decisions and changes in intellectual property as a result of the America Invents Act of 2011 (“Patent Reform”).

The principal author of The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law is Steven L. Oberholtzer, managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of Brinks and a member of the firm’s board of directors.

Oberholtzer focuses his practice on patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. He has extensive experience and expertise in the intellectual property legal issues of the automotive industry and a lifelong interest in the industry and its products. Oberholtzer has acted as primary outside counsel for a number of Tier 1 and lower Tier suppliers and these engagements included worldwide responsibility for all intellectual property issues. He has significant experience in technology areas including medical devices, lasers, fiber optics, optical devices and heavy industrial equipment. In addition, he has acted as trial counsel in a number of patent infringement litigation cases.

“Intellectual property issues have always been important in the business world, but perhaps never more so than they are today,” said Oberholtzer. “Virtually everyone in the commercial world interacts with intellectual property issues, but is seldom aware of such matters. In fact, individuals encounter at least 1,500 trademarks daily and up to 30,000 in the supermarket.”

While IP law can be complex, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law primer provides general information within the four categories of intellectual property law: patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Also covered in the primer are contract law and intellectual property protection and defense because, while intellectual property is considered intangible, it is still property in the truest sense and thus gives rise to legal rights, duties and consequences.

“Information in the primer will provide readers the ability to identify intellectual property assets and undertake protective measures,” explains Oberholtzer. “A lack of understanding in the arena of intellectual property has proven costly to numerous individuals and companies.”

In addition to Oberholtzer, contributing authors of the primer include the following attorneys from Brinks’ Michigan offices: William R. Boudreaux, Kelly K. Burris, Robert K. Fergan, Eric J. Sosenko and Michael N. Spink. Authors from other offices include Jennifer L. Fox, William H. Frankel, Mary M. Squyres and Katherine L. Tabor.

The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law is available at no charge by visiting the Brinks website.

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.

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Brinks New IP Tool Kit Now Available for Start-Ups, Entrepreneurs and Established Companies

ANN ARBOR –February 25, 2013 – Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces the availability of its new “IP Tool Kit,” a resource binder of information for dealing with routine intellectual property legal matters including IP agreements, IP policies and procedures for companies, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and IP for information technology and social media. The IP Tool Kit project was overseen by Steven L. Oberholtzer, Managing Partner of Brinks’ Ann Arbor office and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. He is also the author of the firm’s IP primer, an introduction to the basics of intellectual property law, now in its third printing.

“Intellectual property issues arise regularly in business. Unfortunately, if intellectual property matters are not addressed properly, a permanent loss of property rights can result,” explained Oberholtzer. “Steps can be taken early to avoid pitfalls and provide maximum protection for these assets. While IP legal counsel can assist at an early stage, we understand that it is not always practical to engage them at every stage. The Brinks IP Tool Kit is a resource for reference and information purposes to help young companies and even established ones identify and address important IP issues early.”

The Brinks IP Tool Kit is geared to entrepreneurs and start-ups. In addition, small companies and large companies that have an infrastructure for handling intellectual property matters will find this new resource helpful. To learn more about obtaining a Brinks IP Tool Kit, please contact Alison Rifkin toll free at 866-222-0112.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione has been servicing the needs of entrepreneurs and companies with their intellectual property legal needs since 1917. It is the largest firm in the Midwest dedicated exclusively to patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, related agreements and litigation.

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 bachelors and 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 www.usebrinks.com.
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