Brinks Gilson & Lione’s new edition of primer on the ABCs of IP law now available in Chinese, German and Japanese

Brinks Gilson & Lione’s new edition of primer on the ABCs of IP law now available in Chinese, German and Japanese

ANN ARBOR – Jan. 7, 2014 – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces the third edition of its intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law, is now available in Chinese, German and Japanese. The primer was originally published in 2006 and has since been updated to reflect recent court decisions and changes in U.S. 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 in today’s global marketplace,” 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 U.S. 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 based on U.S. laws,” said Oberholtzer. “A lack of understanding in the arena of intellectual property has proven costly to numerous individuals and companies.”

In addition to business users, the IP Primer is used as a reference text for the course, Law and the Entrepreneur, offered on Coursera and taught by Professors Esther Barron and Steve Reed of Northwestern University School of Law.

The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law is available in English, Chinese, German and Japanese at no charge by visiting the Brinks website. 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, Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler, 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.

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.

Four Brinks Michigan Attorneys Named to IP Stars for 2013 by Managing IP

Ann Arbor – April 25, 2013 – Four attorneys from the Ann Arbor office of intellectual property law firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione have been recognized as IP Stars for 2013 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine for their insights into the intricacies of practicing IP law and their experience serving clients in various industries and technology sectors. Eleven Brinks attorneys were selected firm-wide.

Brinks Ann Arbor attorneys named were Lawrence G. Almeda, Joshua E. Ney, Ph.D., Steven L. Oberholtzer, the Ann Arbor office’s managing partner, and Eric J. Sosenko. Also included was Brinks’ president, Michigan native and University of Michigan graduate, James R. Sobieraj.

One of the country’s largest IP law firms, Brinks specializes in serving clients in scientific research and technology. In 2013, Managing IP named Brinks Firm of the Year – Midwest for Trademark Contentious. Managing IP also recognized the firm for its work in the Patent Prosecution, Trademark Prosecution and Patent Contentious categories, in the Midwest.

Managing IP’s IP Stars ranks market-leading attorneys at top US law firms, emphasizing editorial coverage of firms’ capabilities and analyzing attorneys to reflect their specific expertise. IP Stars will be published online at miphandbook.com, a searchable portal to Managing IP’s legal market commentary, news on major cases, and other updates on the legal profession. Managing IP is part of the Euromoney Legal Media Group.

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 Named Midwest Firm of the Year for Trademark Contentious by Managing IP; Leading Firm in Three Other Categories

Ann Arbor/Detroit – April 9, 2013 -Managing Intellectual Property has recognized intellectual property law firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione as Firm of the Year 2013 for the Midwest region in the category of Trademark – Contentious, and has ranked Brinks as a leading firm in the Midwest for Patent Prosecution, Trademark Prosecution and Patent Contentious. Brinks has Michigan offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

The firm also was ranked in the top tiers in each of these four categories nationally, including Tier 2 rankings in Trademark Prosecution and Trademark Contentious, Tier 3 in Patent Prosecution and Tier 4 in Patent Contentious.

“We are extremely pleased to receive recognition from Managing IP as 2013 Firm of the Year in the Midwest for our work in trademark disputes,” said Brinks’ John T. Gabrielides, who chairs the firm’s trademark practice and who accepted the award on its behalf at Managing IP’s 6th annual North American Awards ceremony in Washington D.C., on March 20, 2013.

One of the country’s largest IP law firms, with particular expertise in serving clients in scientific research and technology, Brinks also marked its fifth consecutive year in being accorded such high rank in the regional Patent Prosecution and Trademark Prosecution categories.

“Brinks attorneys work hard to provide high-quality intellectual property legal services to our clients across a broad range of range of technologies and trademarks,” said Brinks president and Michigan native James R. Sobieraj. “To consistently be accorded such high rankings by Managing IP in patent and trademark categories again confirms our attorneys’ commitment to excellence and our position as the largest IP firm in the Midwest.”

Managing IP, part of the Euromoney Legal Media Group, is an international magazine for IP owners covering all aspects of IP practice worldwide. About three-quarters of the readers are senior in-house counsel in multinational companies. The publication bases its awards on interviews with IP practitioners and owners worldwide, and ranks leading firms in various tiers.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., with more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents providing expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. Clients around the world use Brinks to identify, protect, and manage intellectual assets, and to defend or enforce their intellectual property rights. The Brinks team includes lawyers with 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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