Brinks Names Six Michigan Shareholders as Firm-Wide Practice Group Chairs for 2013

Ann Arbor Managing Partner also Named to Firm’s Board of Directors

ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – January 14, 2013 – Six attorneys from the Michigan offices of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have been named or reappointed to firm-wide Practice Group Chairs within the Firm for 2013.

In the area of specialty Legal Practice Groups, Michael Spink (Ann Arbor) will serve a third term as Chair of the Intellectual Asset Management Group and Margaret Dobrowitsky (Detroit) will serve a fourth term as Chair of the Licensing Group.

In the Industry Practice Groups, Bill Boudreaux (Ann Arbor) will continue as Co-Chair of the Biotech/Pharma Industry Practice Group; Kelly Burris, Managing Partner of the Firm’s Detroit office, will serve a second term as Chair of the Green Technology Group; Eric Sosenko (Ann Arbor) will continue as chair of the Patent Reform Task Force and also serve as the new Chair of the Mechanical Group, and Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda (Ann Arbor) will continue as Chair of the Nanotechnology Group and also serve as Chair of the firm’s new Brazil task force.

Additionally, Steven L. Oberholtzer, Managing Partner of the firm’s Ann Arbor office, has been selected to serve on the firm’s Board of Directors for 2013. This is the third non-consecutive term Oberholtzer has served on the firm’s board.

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 Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

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Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione’s Detroit Office is Now Open

National IP Law Firm is Co-Located with Detroit’s USPTO Satellite Office

Detroit – January 10, 2013 – Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces its new Detroit office is now open. The address is 300 River Place Drive, Suite 1775, Detroit, MI 48207. The phone number is 313.393.5400 and the fax is 313.393.5401.

The Detroit office is located in the same building as the new Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which opened in July 2012 and is the nation’s first satellite USPTO office. The Detroit location provides an on-site location for Brinks and its domestic and international clients to participate in on-site patent examination and administrative trial proceedings. Brinks now has offices at both USPTO locations with its Detroit and Washington, D.C. national offices.

Kelly K. Burris, formerly a shareholder in Brinks’ Ann Arbor office, is the managing partner of the new Detroit office of Brinks, and she is joined by Brinks shareholder Margaret Dobrowitsky and associate Keith D. Weiss, Ph.D.

Ms. Burris chairs Brinks’ Green Technology Practice Group and focuses her practice on patents in the mechanical, electrical, and materials science arts. She also performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and manages corporate IP portfolios and policies. In August 2012, Ms. Burris testified as an expert witness before the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet in Washington D.C., speaking in opposition of HR 3889, a bill that would drastically reduce the term for certain automotive design patents.

Prior to her law career, Ms. Burris was an aeronautical engineer with McDonnell Douglas and Boeing for over 11 years. A licensed pilot since 1984, Ms. Burris serves on a variety of volunteer missions through Angel Flight/Air Charity Network to transport people with medical conditions who are unable to fly commercially to and from medical appointments, military personnel and their families, and medical supplies. In 2009, Ms. Burris won the Unsung Hero Award from the State Bar of Michigan for her efforts with Angel Flight. In 2010 she was a recipient of the Women in the Law award from trade publication, Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Ms. Dobrowitsky chairs Brinks’ Licensing Practice Group and focuses on drafting and negotiating intellectual property and commercial agreements. Prior to joining Brinks, she was senior patent counsel for the engine and energy management business operations of a multinational U.S. automotive technology corporation, where she also served as intellectual property counsel for its mergers and acquisitions, information technology and telecommunications groups. In addition, she was patent counsel for the company’s Mexican operations. Ms. Dobrowitsky has served as Treasurer of the U.S. Group of the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI), and is a past Chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Dr. Weiss brings a unique background to Brinks with over 20 years of corporate experience in R&D management, product development, and technology licensing prior to becoming an attorney. He is listed as an inventor on 26 U.S. patents and 9 pending U.S. patent applications regarding advanced materials, components, and systems used in the automotive, aerospace, coatings, plastics, and microelectronic industries. Dr. Weiss focuses his practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property agreements with an emphasis towards IP portfolio planning, development, and management.

In addition to Detroit, Brinks has an office in Ann Arbor, which opened in 2000.

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 Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

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Ann Arbor Attorney Elected to Shareholder at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

ANN ARBOR – December 20, 2012 – John A. Lingl, an attorney in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been elected a shareholder in the firm effective January 2013.

Mr. Lingl focuses his practice on patent, copyright and trademark litigation. In addition, he prosecutes both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous areas including semiconductors, electrical systems, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) systems, packet switching and routing, network traffic optimization, Internet search technologies, advertising and behavioral targeting technologies, optical systems, terahertz radiation systems, x-ray systems, automotive interior systems and automotive powertrain systems.

Earlier this year, Mr. Lingl was named a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers. The Rising Star recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less. Mr. Lingl holds a J.D. from The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Kettering University.

In addition to Mr. Lingl, five other attorneys were elected as shareholders at Brinks effective January 2013; they are Bashir M.S. Ali, David P. Lindner, Stephen C. Smith, Scott A. Timmerman and Mircea A. Tipescu.

“Each of these six attorneys has demonstrated excellence in client service and expertise in important aspects of intellectual property law. We congratulate each of them on their achievements,” said James R. Sobieraj, Brinks’ president. “Collectively, our new shareholders represent our firm’s commitment to building a deep expertise across all areas of IP legal practice in every field of technology and science.”

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 140 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. In addition to Ann Arbor, Brinks has offices in Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

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Brinks’ Ann Arbor Office Managing Partner Named a DBusiness Top Lawyer

ANN ARBOR – November 19, 2012 – Steven L. Oberholtzer, managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been recognized by his peers as a leading lawyer in DBusiness magazine’s Metro Detroit Top Lawyers List for 2013. Mr. Oberholtzer was listed in his specialty area of intellectual property law. DBusiness is Detroit’s premier monthly business journal; the Metro Detroit Top Lawyers’ list is in the magazine’s November/December 2012 issue, available on newsstands now and online.

At Brinks, Steve Oberholtzer’s 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.
Mr. 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, Mr. 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.
Mr. 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 Technology Transfer Society and the Licensing Executives Society.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 140 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. In addition to Ann Arbor, Brinks has offices in Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

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