Gary M. Ropski
Shareholder
Overview

“To succeed in litigation, it’s essential to develop an overall strategy and follow it without getting distracted by tactical battles.”

When Gary Ropski addresses a courtroom, he speaks with the force and authority of over 40 years of trial and appellate experience. During his career Gary has handled more than 125 patent, trademark and copyright cases in every federal judicial circuit, including jury trials, controversies before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and appeals at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and several others. His is a familiar face in high-stakes cases before key patent litigation district courts, and in precedent-setting appeals nationwide.

Clients and colleagues describe Gary as a "top-drawer" litigator, “a class act,” “unflappable,”  “overflowing with common sense” “who works tirelessly to bring about commercial resolutions to conflicts.”  He is able to "turn an esoteric subject into something easy to understand” and “he has all the people skills needed to be a successful attorney and is a great listener.”  Gary has a "real forte in strategy” and “tells it straight and doesn’t overreach and that has the effect of inspiring confidence” while “taking a central role in must-win cases with consummate professionalism.” These traits he has honed in virtually every variant of patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright litigation. They serve him well in helping adversaries resolve disputes as a special master, arbitrator and trained mediator.

Gary has long been recognized as one of America’s best intellectual property lawyers. In 2014, Leading Lawyers Magazine ranked him #1 in Intellectual Property in Illinois. In 2013, The Best Lawyers in America named him Chicago's Patent Litigation Lawyer of the Year.

An experienced sailboat racer, Gary believes in thinking forward in legal matters just as he would in a boat race. He keeps a fixed eye on his client’s ultimate goal in litigation, and looks for the most efficient and cost-effective route to the finish line.

During Gary’s six-year tenure as its president, Brinks Gilson & Lione became the first intellectual property law firm in the Midwest Region and only the second in the country to receive the Thomas L. Sager Diversity Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Education
  • J.D., cum laude
    Northwestern University School of Law, 1976
  • B.S., Physics
    Carnegie-Mellon University, 1972
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Cir.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Dist. Court, C.D. Illinois
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Colorado
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Minnesota
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Wisconsin
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. California
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. Dist. Court, W.D. Wisconsin
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Languages
  • German
Experience | Overview
  • Successfully defended a German company and its U.S. affiliate in ITC proceedings in Washington, D.C. and the district court in Detroit, alleging infringement of 11 patents relating to automated mechanical transmissions. In the district court, he won summary judgments on several patents and a jury verdict of non-infringement and invalidity on the remaining ones. In the ITC proceedings, he obtained the first known positive advisory opinion and enforcement proceeding result for a respondent that redesigned a product.
  • Obtained in Austin, and the Federal Circuit affirmed, two summary judgments for a defendant  in the automobile- and hand-held navigation industry, ending a potentially costly litigation with minimal discovery expense.
  • At claim construction in Detroit, avoided a trial and further legal expense by obtaining an indefiniteness patent invalidity ruling for an automobile parts supplier, which the Federal Circuit unanimously affirmed.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction in the Western District of Wisconsin to enforce two patents on lithium iron disulfide batteries.
  • Defeated a preliminary injunction motion in Atlanta for a plastic molding machine equipment patent based, in part, on the “repair vs. reconstruction” doctrine.
  • Won a trial holding a patent invalid and non-infringed in the D.C. district court for a Swiss client, which was affirmed without opinion one week after oral argument on appeal.
Experience | Legal
Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
1976-Present
President, 2006-2011
Experience | Teaching
Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Adjunct Professor, Patents and Copyrights
1981-1997
Experience | Civic Activities

Chicago and Northern Illinois Region of the National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews)
Executive Committee, 1986-2006

Lira Ensemble (Professional Polish Performing Arts Company)
Board of Directors, 2012-Present

Northwestern University School of Law
Law School Fund Board, 2003-2007

Forward Thinking
alert
July 31, 2017

In late June 2017, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) co-sponsored and introduced in the U.S. Senate the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience  Patents Act of 2017...

multimedia
May 18, 2017

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, attorneys from Brinks' Post-Grant Patent practice group presented the webinar, PTAB and the District Courts...

in the media
March 27, 2017
On March 24, 2017, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin mentioned Brinks Gilson & Lione Shareholder Laura Beth Miller as a featured presenter at Women In Bio-Chicago’s Women’s History Month event, Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Navigating ...
in the media
January 31, 2017
On January 31, 2017, Gary Ropski was profiled by columnist, Shia Kappos, of the Chicago Sun-Times.  Please click here to read more.
alert
April 15, 2016

Suggestions to amend or abolish 35 U.S.C. § 101 of the Patent Act are increasing in light of the number of software and biological patents...

blogpost
April 15, 2016
Suggestions to amend or abolish 35 U.S.C. § 101 of the Patent Act are increasing in light of the number of software and biological patents invalidated after the Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014) ...
in the media
August 07, 2015
On August 7, 2015 Jim Sobieraj and Gary Ropski were mentioned and quoted in the Law.com article, 'Facing Tsunami of Cases, Federal Circuit Gives PTAB Wide ...
in the media
August 06, 2015
On August 5, 2015 Gary Ropski was quoted in the Law360 article, “Progressive Blasts PTAB Process in Fed. Circ. Appeal.” Click here to read the article.
in the media
June 01, 2015
On June 1, 2015 Gary Ropski was featured in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in the article, 'Chicago patent lawyers capture 2nd in international race in South Africa.'  Click here to read more.
in the media
October 24, 2014
On October 24, 2014 Gary Ropski was mentioned in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin regarding his upcoming presentation at the Autumn Symposium 2014 at the Maritim Hotel in Wurzburg, Germany. Click here to read more
in the media
October 15, 2014
Brinks' attorneys, Gary M. Ropski, Kori Anne Bagrowski, James G. DeRouin, James K. Cleland, Jon H. Beaupre and John A. Lingl were mentioned in the Law360 article 'Fed. Circ. Affirms Bosch Car Tester Patent As Invalid,' as counsel for ...
in the media
October 09, 2014
On October 9, 2014, Linda Nattler was mentioned in MLive in the “Ann Arbor Area Business Briefs” section, regarding a presentation entitled, 'Damages and Invalidity Proceedings in the USA and Experiences with Proceedings before the ...
in the media
September 09, 2014
On September 9, 2014, IPO Daily News reported that its U.S. Patent Law Committee earned a Committee of the Year Award. Gary Ropski serves as vice chair of the committee. “Yesterday at the IPO Annual Meeting, IPO President PHILIP JOHNSON ...
in the media
July 22, 2014
On July 22, 2014, Gary Ropski was noted in IPO Daily News in their “Meet the Committee Leaders” section regarding his role as vice-chair of the IPO U.S. Patent Law Committee. See attached PDF to view the full issue.
in the media
May 05, 2014
Gary Ropski is mentioned in the Appointments section of the Firm Life page of the May 5, 2014 issue of Chicago Lawyer, for his selection as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America honorary society. Click here to read more.
publication
September 13, 2010
Brinks was named 'Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year' by Finance Monthly magazine in the annual law award edition which recognizes leading firms for their expertise and success.  In the article, shareholder and firm President ...
publication
November 2007
Gary M. Ropski's participation in a roundtable discussion on diversity in the legal profession was profiled in '’Round the Table with Top Managing Partners,' in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Diversity & the Bar magazine ...
publication
May/June 2006
Q: What are the one or two key issues you will need to address in your practice area in the coming months, and what business developments are driving them? The executives I serve are usually IP counsel or general counsel; sometimes they are ...
publication
1998
publication
January 31, 1997
book
1995
Gary M. Ropski edited Butterworth's Patent Litigation: Enforcing a Global Patent Portfolio published by IBA in 1995.
publication
November 1993
publication
1975
Presentations
  • "Verletzungs- und Nichtigkeitsverfahren in den USA und Wechselwirkungen mit Verfahren vor dem US-Patentamt" (Infringement and Invalidity Proceedings in the US and Interactions with Procedures Before the US Patent Office), VPP, Würzburg, Germany, October 24, 2014
  • "Intellectual Property Litigation in the US: Different Approaches via District Courts or the International Trade Commission," VPP, Leverkusen, Germany, June 13, 2013
  • “The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” ABA Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 26, 2013 
  • "Comparison of International Competitiveness: What Works in the United States and What We Can Learn From Other Countries," Federal Circuit Bar Association 2012 Bench & Bar Conference, San Diego, California, June 23, 2012
  • "Comparison of Patent Litigation in the United States, Germany and Japan," Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, June 12, 2008
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association Diversity Roundtable Discussion, Washington, D.C., August 7, 2007
  • "Litigating Software Patents," Moderator, Intellectual Property Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Roundtable Discussion, Chicago, Illinois, April 27, 2006
  • "ITC: Battles at the Border," Brinks Gilson & Lione Litigation Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, October 25, 2005
  • "The ITC Rocket Docket," Brinks Gilson & Lione Seminar, Glenview, Illinois, May 31, 2005
  • "Patent Infringement Issues," Law Seminars International, Patent Law for Business People and Non-Patent Lawyers, Chicago, Illinois, July 26, 2004
  • "Client Relationship Management: Improving the In-House/Outside Counsel Relationship," LexisNexis, Law Firm Marketers' Roundtable, Phoenix, Arizona, November 4, 2003
  • "Proof of Monetary Recovery Under the Lanham Act," LexisNexis, Advanced Trademark Strategies Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 15-16, 2002
  • Trial Practice Program, demonstrated direct examination techniques and acted as instructor, International Trademark Association, Chicago, Illinois, July 11-13, 2000
  • "Grey-Market Goods and Parallel Imports," International Bar Association, Section on Business Law Conference, Barcelona, Spain, September 20-22, 1999
  • "Claiming and Defending Against Monetary Awards for Trademark Infringement," International Trademark Association 119th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, May 3-7, 1997
  • "Patenting of Computer Software," co-chair, International Bar Association 26th Biennial Conference, Berlin, Germany, October 14-18, 1996
  • "Remedies In USA Patent Litigation," International Bar Association 25th Biennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia, October 9-14, 1994
  • "Intellectual Property Rights in the United States," Wirtschaftsverband Industrieller Unternehmen Baden e.V., Freiburg, Germany, March 29, 1990
  • "Intellectual Property Litigation in the United States," Deutscher Verband der Patentingenieure und Patentassessoren e.V., Wiesbaden, Germany, November 9, 1989
  • "Intellectual Property Litigation in the United States," Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht – Bezirksgruppe Südwest, Stuttgart, Germany, October 4, 1989
  • "Damages in Intellectual Property Litigation and the Right Of Publicity," International Bar Association's 22nd Biennial Conference, Buenos Aires, September 28 and 29, 1988
  • "Revolutionary Changes In Liability and Rewards of New Product Development," Albany Law School/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Industrial Innovation Conference, Albany, New York, June 4, 1986
  • American Chemical Society, Division of Chemistry and The Law, 1985 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, September 10, 1985
  • "Recent Developments in Trademark and Unfair Competition Law," Bureau of National Affairs Seminar, June 21, 1984
  • "The Right of Publicity," United States Trademark Association Forum, New York, New York, March 16, 1983
  • The American Patent Law Association's Annual Meetings, Miami, Florida, January 26, 1981; Scottsdale, Arizona, January 30, 1982
  • 18th Annual Institute on Patent Law of the Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas, Texas, March 14, 1980
Representative Matters

Patent Litigation

  • At claim construction, obtained an indefiniteness invalidity ruling regarding two nonce, generic terms lacking support in the patent specification, which the Federal Circuit unanimously affirmed.
  • Affirmance of two summary judgments granted for defendants in Austin, Texas with minimal discovery expense. The plaintiff had been trying unsuccessfully to get the court to rule that electronic encyclopedia patents also covered automobile and hand-held navigation systems.
  • Settlement of an ITC proceeding and district court action in Los Angeles relating to 14 aviation-related patents asserted to cover automobile and hand-held navigation systems.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction in Madison, Wisconsin to enforce two patents on lithium iron disulfide batteries.
  • Successfully defended German and U.S. companies in ITC proceedings in Washington, DC and district court actions in Detroit, alleging infringement of 11 patents relating to automated mechanical transmissions, including summary judgment for the defendant companies on several patents and a jury verdict of non-infringement and invalidity on the remaining patents. Also obtained the first known positive advisory opinion and enforcement proceeding result from the ITC for a respondent who redesigned a product.
  • Settlement of a four-patent lawsuit in Los Angeles involving web-enabled controllers after various summary judgment motions in favor of our client.
  • Settlement of a patent infringement lawsuit for an electronic futures trading system a month before trial in Dallas, involving the leading futures exchanges in the country, permitting our client to continue its activities for a payment of less than 5% of the damages sought by plaintiffs.
  • Obtained dismissal of a district court case in Chicago in which the plaintiff alleged breach of contract as well as trade secret and copyright infringement regarding health insurance computer software for debugging computer programs, based on untimely submission of the claims and failure to protect trade secrets.
  • Defeated preliminary injunction motion in Atlanta for a plastic molding machine equipment patent based, in part, on the “repair vs. reconstruction” doctrine.
  • Obtained consent judgments in Rockford, Illinois against nine companies infringing patents for parallel port peripheral products for use with a personal computer.
  • Obtained summary judgment in Newark holding noninfringement of a patent for low-fat cheese asserted against four of the largest U.S. cheese manufacturers; affirmed on appeal.
  • Won a trial in Washington, DC holding a patent invalid and non-infringed for our Swiss client, which was affirmed without opinion one week after oral argument on appeal.
  • Protected our client in Greeneville, Tennessee by limiting a trial judgment to less than 15% of the amount sought by the patentee relating to a furnace used in making fused silica.
  • Completed an ITC proceeding within a year of patent issuance with permanent injunctions against two respondents and favorable settlements against the others for a patent relating to SIMM memory modules.
  • Obtained judgment of inequitable conduct after a two-week bench trial in Delaware on a patent asserted against several large machine tool manufacturers relating to flexible manufacturing systems—inequitable conduct affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained a summary judgment in San Francisco of non-infringement of a patent for air conveyors, based on the reverse doctrine of equivalents even though literal infringement was found on some claims.

Trademark and Copyright Litigation

  • Successfully stopped infringement of the famous design trademark, service mark and trade dress for the RUBIK’s CUBE puzzle design in district court and at the U.S. Border Patrol (Customs) in Washington, DC.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing all counts of copyright and trade secret infringement and breach of contract for computer software for debugging computer programs used in the insurance industry.
  • Won an appeal in the Ninth Circuit affirming our client’s fair use of alleged trade dress in a heart-shaped cut-out in a metal figurine on issues of decorativeness, functionality and ornamental, non-trademark use.
  • Settled a case between major competitors relating to trade dress in the shape of the head of a cable tie and a related trademark.
  • Obtained a consent judgment after successful summary judgment motions thwarted a significant competitor’s product comparisons involving false statements about our client’s trucks.
  • Received summary judgment eliminating defendant’s defenses of fair use, priority, laches and estoppel in a trademark lawsuit relating to fire trucks and heavy duty trucks.
  • Prevented our client’s competitor from using a NASDAQ trading symbol identical to the trademark of our client.
  • Settled a right of publicity and trademark lawsuit permitting our client to continue to use the name EAMES for furniture.
  • Established the rule in the Seventh Circuit that a first-filed declaratory judgment action does not take precedence when it merely anticipates an assertive action filed for trademark infringement.
  • Developed a courthouse-steps settlement just prior to a judge announcing his decision on a preliminary injunction motion.  A non-competitive business had been seeking to prevent our client from using its new trademark based on reverse confusion.
  • Obtained denial of a preliminary injunction against our client on a false advertising claim for “five full ounces of milk in every slice.”
  • Argued one of the first cases in the Federal Circuit, which affirmed a TTAB decision awarding priority and deciding likelihood of confusion in favor of our client.
Press Releases & Events
August 15, 2017

CHICAGO—Fifteen attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018...

July 13, 2017

CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione is a “top U.S. boutique” and a “Chicago IP stalwart” with “deep reservoirs of prosecution and litigation experience,” according to Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) ...

May 26, 2017

CHICAGO—Chambers USA, an annual guide to the world’s best lawyers and law firms, has again ranked Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, in Band 1 in the intellectual property practice area for Illinois, and has recognized four Illinois-based Brinks attorneys for their notable contributions to the practice of IP law...

May 18, 2017

CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, Miyoung Shin, Jafon Fearson, and Sen (Alex) Wang, attorneys in the post-grant patent practice group at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, will present the webinar “PTAB and the District Courts” at 12:00 p.m. CDT on May 18, 2017...

May 18, 2017

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, Gary Ropski, Miyoung Shin, Jafon Fearson, and Alex Wang will present the webinar, PTAB and the District Courts...

May 12, 2017

CHICAGO—The fabled bays, harbors, and coves of the Long Island Sound welcomed Gary Ropski of Brinks Gilson & Lione along with Leif Sigmond and Marcus Thymian of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (MBHB) this spring as they sailed Team USA to a fifth-place finish in the 29th Annual Patent Cup Regatta, held May 8 through May 12, 2017, in the West Harbor off Oyster Bay, New York...

March 27, 2017
CHICAGO—Six attorneys and shareholders at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been selected for inclusion in Euromoney PLC’s 2017 Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners: William H. ...
March 21, 2017

On March 21, 2017, Gary Ropski and Miyoung Shin will serve as moderator and speaker on a panel session entitled ...

February 17, 2017

CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski and Miyoung Shin, shareholders and patent litigators at intellectual property law firm Brinks ...

February 09, 2017

CHICAGO—Twenty attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named to the 2017 ...

August 15, 2016

CHICAGO—Fifteen attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United  ...

July 19, 2016

CHICAGO—Gary Ropski remembers being sent a letter in 1975 by the hiring partner at the patent law firm then ...

June 13, 2016

CHICAGO—Against the beautiful backdrop of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast...

June 01, 2016

CHICAGO—National law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione is “at the top of the list” again this year for intellectual property according to IAM Patent 1000 2016—The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine's guide to leading private practice patent professionals and firms.

January 12, 2016

CHICAGO—Twenty-two attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named to the 2016 ...

November 02, 2015

CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione announced today that Eric...

August 17, 2015
CHICAGO—Thirteen attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, were recently listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.  Eleven of the honored attorneys are based in ...
May 19, 2015
CHICAGO—Chambers USA, an annual guide to the world's best lawyers and law firms, has elevated intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione to Band 1 for IP law firms in Illinois, its highest designation. Four individual ...
April 30, 2015
In photo above (left to right):  Paul Tubbing (European Patent Office), Patrick Erk (Grünecker), Marcus Thymian (MBHB), Gary Ropski (Brinks), and Richard Carden (MBHB). In photo above (left to right): Richard ...
January 20, 2015
CHICAGO—Twenty-four attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation's largest intellectual property law firms, are named to the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers, a rating service that lists lawyers from more than ...
October 23, 2014
CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione and the firm's past president, has been named the #1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, and fifty-nine ...
August 19, 2014
CHICAGO—Sixteen shareholders at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. Thirteen of the ...
August 06, 2014
CHICAGO—Six shareholders at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, have been named among the world's leading trademark lawyers by Who's Who Legal – Trademarks ...
July 01, 2014
   Front row (left to right):  Patrick Erk (Grünecker), Derek Minihane (Cochlear Limited), Marcus Thymian (MBHB), and Gary Ropski (Brinks Gilson & Lione). Back row: Richard Carden ...
June 16, 2014
CHICAGO— Each year, Intellectual Asset Management magazine's IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners spotlights best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners and firms, and this year ...
June 05, 2014
CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has again this year received high recognition in Chambers USA's annual rankings of the nation's law firms, once more placing in ...
March 10, 2014
CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, has been selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a highly selective honorary society that represents the best in law ...
January 14, 2014
CHICAGO -- Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, has announced the 2014 chairpersons of its legal and industry practice groups and geographic task forces. The firm added a new practice group ...
June 16, 2014
CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione's Chicago office has again this year received high recognition in IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, receiving distinction as Recommended ...
October 09, 2013
CHICAGO—William H. Frankel, Ralph J. Gabric, Gary M. Ropski, and James R. Sobieraj, four stand-out attorneys and shareholders at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, have been selected for inclusion in Euromoney PLC's ...
August 05, 2013
CHICAGO—Chambers USA has placed Chicago-based intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione in Band 2 for IP law firms in its 2013 national rankings, and has recognized five Brinks lawyers for their achievements in the intellectual ...
July 15, 2013
CHICAGO—When you're in the business of protecting others' brands, patents and intellectual property, it helps to have a winning brand of your own. That's the situation of Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the ...
June 13, 2013
On June 13, Gary M. Ropski will be presenting "Intellectual Property Litigation in the US: Different Approaches via District Courts or the International Trade Commission," for the VPP, an association of IP law professionals, in Leverkusen, ...
April 26, 2013
On April 26, Gary M. Ropski will be speaking the panel“The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” at the ABA Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference in Chicago IL.
April 18, 2013
Front row (l-r): Marcus Thymian, Michael Pophal, Leif Sigmond and Melissa Junge Back row: Henrique Steuer I. de Mello and Gary Ropski CHICAGO–From first chair to team captain is not so different for lawyers who compete in the ...
January 15, 2013
CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione has added four new attorneys as chairs of its firm-wide practice groups and formed two new task forces to focus on intellectual property legal services to clients in Germany and Brazil. Appointees include ...
December 11, 2012
CHICAGO – Brinks shareholders Gary M. Ropski and Allen R. Baum have been recognized as Lawyers of the Year in the 2013 The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Baum has been named Raleigh Lawyer of the Year in Biotechnology, and Mr. Ropski was named ...
October 09, 2012
CHICAGO – Five Brinks attorneys have been recognized in the 2012 International Who’s Who Legal - Trademarks, bringing to eight the number of Brinks attorneys listed in the Who’s Who Legal compendium. Name shareholder Jerome ...
October 05, 2012
CHICAGO – Eighteen attorneys from intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named as leaders in intellectual property law in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review ...
September 20, 2012
CHICAGO – The 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition has named 24 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione in the categories of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property – Litigation respectively. The following Brinks attorneys are ...
September 18, 2012
CHICAGO – Leading Lawyers Network has named 54 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, as 2012 Leading Lawyers in intellectual property in Illinois for 2012. The roster ...
July 09, 2012
CHICAGO– Brinks shareholders Allen R. Baum, William H. Frankel, Gary M. Ropski, James R. Sobieraj and Andrew D. Stover have been ranked among the top U.S patent law practitioners in Intellectual Asset Management’s inaugural IAM Patent ...
June 23, 2012
On June 23, Gary M. Ropski will be moderating the panel discussion "Comparison of International Competitiveness: What Works in the United States and What We Can Learn From Other Countries" at the Federal Circuit Bar Association 2012 Bench ...
June 15, 2012
CHICAGO – For the tenth consecutive year, Brinks Gilson & Lione has been named among the top intellectual property law practices in Illinois in the annual Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition, Brinks ...
Honors
  • #1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois, Leading Lawyers, 2014-2015
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2008–2017
  • Euromoney Expert Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law, Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Peer-Review, 2013
  • Patent Litigation Lawyer of the Year - Chicago, The Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Leading Patent Practitioner, Intellectual Asset Management magazine's "IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners," 2012-2017
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, 2013-2016
  • Leading Patent Litigator, Intellectual Asset Management magazine's "IAM Patent Litigation 250 - The World’s Leading Patent Litigators," 2011
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2004–2007, 2009–2017
  • Top 100 Business Lawyers, Leading Lawyers Network, 2012
  • #6 among the Top Ten Business Litigators in Illinois, 2009
  • Top 10 Leading Lawyers for Business in Illinois, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2005–2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Top 10 Attorneys, 2006, 2007
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Top 100 Attorneys, 2008–2010, 2012
  • Lawyer Monthly, Leading Lawyer 100 - Intellectual Property, 2011
  • Best of the Best USA: Patents, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • PLC Which lawyer?, Recommended Intellectual Property Lawyer in Chicago, 2006–2012
  • The Best Lawyers In America, Intellectual Property, 2006–2018
  • Who’s Who Legal - Patents, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010-2012, 2014-2016 
  • Who’s Who Legal - Trademarks, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2009, 2013
  • Managing Intellectual Property's Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, 2006–2008
  • Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
  • Stephen P. Ladas Award from the United States Trademark Association for outstanding article in the field of trademark law, 1980
  • Robert C. Watson Award from the American Patent Law Association for outstanding article in the field of patent law, 1977
  • Executive Editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Northwestern University, 1975–1976
  • Tau Beta Pi, Carnegie-Mellon University
Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
    Dispute Resolution Section—Intellectual Property Section
    Intellectual Property Section—Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
    Litigation Section
    Senior Lawyers Division—Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    Acting Judge, Giles S. Rich Moot Court Competition
  • Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms
    Inaugural Mentorship Academy, Mentor
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
    Advisory Board Member, 2010-present
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
    Chair, Antitrust Committee, 1995-1997
  • Intellectual Property Litigator Editorial Board, 1997-2002
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
    Vice-Chair, Patent Law Committee, 2012-present
    Member, Annual Meeting Program Committee, 2009
    Member, Damages and Injunctions Committee, 2009
    Vice-Chair, Committee on Discovery in Litigation, 2000-2004
  • International Bar Association
    Chair, Patent Subcommittee of the Intellectual Property Committee,1994-1997
  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
  • International Trademark Association
    Trademark Mediators Network, 2014-present
    Special Advisor to U.S. Legislation Committee regarding drafting a federal right of publicity statute, 1994-1998
    Editorial Board, The Trademark Reporter, 1981-1984; 1987-1989
  • Litigation Counsel of America, 2014-15
    Diversity Law Institute, 2014-15
    Member, The Trial Law Institute, 2014-15
    Barrister, Order of Veritas, 2014-15
    Barrister, Order of Certus, 2014-15
  • Richard Linn American Inn of Court, 2006-present
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