Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler
Shareholder

With many years of international in-house patent prosecution experience, Linda Nattler knows how important it is to view patent applications in the context of a client’s business and technology. In the automotive supplier industry, Linda learned to be conscientious of costs and to focus on value.

While working in Europe, Linda was admitted to practice before the European Patent Office and thus has a truly international perspective.  The knowledge of different standards applied by different patent offices helps her draft patent applications that withstand international as well as domestic challenges. At Brinks, Linda shares her knowledge with other attorneys to optimize the chances of patent grants on an international scale.

Linda’s German clients appreciate that she is a native speaker of German.  A quick phone call can resolve many issues instantly when no translation is necessary. Her European experience helps enable her to identify between issues that need further explanation and those that the clients are familiar with from their own experience.

As a patent prosecutor, Linda perceives every patent grant like the graduation of one of her children.  A patent grant is not the end, but the beginning of a patent’s career that can span 20 years from the filing date.  In view of the many potential challenges over the course of a patent’s life and in view of fast-paced changes in technology, it is not enough to obtain patentable claims.  It is important to carve out a meaningful scope that is valid, enforceable and takes into account current and future developments in technology.

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude
    Thomas Cooley Law School, 2010
  • University Diploma, Physics
    Universität Bayreuth, 1989
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Languages
  • German
Experience | Legal
Brinks Gilson & Lione, Ann Arbor, MI
Associate, November 2010–Present
Experience | Non-Legal

Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI
Manager N.A. Patents & Licenses, October 1998 – November 2010

ITT Automotive, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI
Patent Engineer, December 1996 – September 1998

ITT Automotive Europe GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
Patent Engineer, April 1990 – November 1996

Forward Thinking
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March 29, 2017

For patent applications, the disclosure requirements differ among various countries...

in the media
January 30, 2017
On January 30, 2017, Linda Nattler was mentioned in the Michigan Lawyers Weekly People in the Law column for her recent election to shareholder.  Please click here to read more.
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January 28, 2017
On January 28, 2017, Linda Nattler was mentioned in the Detroit Free Press Business Leaders in the News column for her recent election to shareholder.  Please click here to read more.
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January 12, 2017
On January 12, 2017, various media outlets published the announcement regarding the newly elected shareholders in 2017.  Please visit here and here and here to read more.
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January 12, 2017
On January 12, 2017, Mlive.com mentioned Linda Nattler being elected to shareholder in the People & Achievements column. Please click here to read more.
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October 27, 2016
On October 27, 2016, Ann Arbor attorney, Linda Nattler, was mentioned in Legal News regarding her lecture, “Drafting Patent Applications that Comply with European Disclosure Requirements,” at Wayne State University Law school.  ...
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August 23, 2016

Craig Buschmann and Linda Nattler present, “Diving into the (Patent) Pool & Specification and Claim Drafting to Avoid Indefiniteness.” ...

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August 11, 2016

After British citizens voted on June 23, 3016, to leave the European Union (Brexit), the UK Intellectual Property Office ...

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October 09, 2014
On October 9, 2014, Linda Nattler was mentioned in Detroit Legal News in the “Daily Briefs” section, regarding a presentation entitled, 'Damages and Invalidity Proceedings in the USA and Experiences with Proceedings before the U.S. ...
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 ...
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October 16, 2012
Brinks Gilson & Lione has created a series of short videos discussing various provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), including sections that went into effect on September 16, 2012, and enacted major changes to patent law. The videos ...
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October 03, 2012

Linda Nattler discusses challenging patents at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for German companies. This ...

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October 03, 2012

Linda Nattler discusses the post-grant review process for business patents, the effects on litigation and what to do ...

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October 03, 2012
Linda Nattler discusses the post-grant review process for business patents, the effects on litigation and what to do since its implementation on September 16, 2012. This program is presented in German. Please note: This program does not offer CLE ...
Presentations
  • "Drafting Patent Applications that Comply with European Disclosure Requirements," Presenter, Wayne State University Law School, November 3, 2016
  • "European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court," Presenter, Illinois Paralegal Association, Chicago, Illinois, August 25, 2016
  • "Options of Challenging Competitors' Patents before the USPTO," Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, October 23, 2013
Press Releases & Events
March 29, 2017

For patent applications, the disclosure requirements differ among various countries. Two of the most important ...

March 01, 2017

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Linda Nattler, a shareholder with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will explain how the United States and Europe scrutinize parts of the patent disclosure differently and discuss ways to approach these distinctions in a webinar to be held on Wednesday, March 29...

October 19, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Linda Nattler, an IP attorney with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest...

August 23, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Linda Nattler, an IP attorney with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one ...

August 23, 2016

CHICAGO—Craig Buschmann and Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler, attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson...

August 23, 2016

On August 23, at 12:00 PM (CST) Craig Buschmann and Linda Nattler will be speaking at ...

July 01, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Linda Nattler, an IP attorney with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., conducted...

Ocotober 23, 2013
On October 23, Linda Nattler will be presenting "Options of Challenging Competitors' Patents before the USPTO"  before the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.
June 18, 2013
On June 18, Robert K. Fergan and Linda Nattler will be participating in 20 minute one-on-one IP Counseling breakout sessions with attendees during Entrepreneur Connect 2013 on June 18 in Lansing, MI.
October 04, 2012
ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces that attorneys Saif Khan and Linda Nattler from the firm’s Ann Arbor office recently completed educational videos to discuss ...
Honors
  • Managing Associate Editor, Senior Associate Editor, and Associate Editor; Thomas M. Cooley Law Review.
  • John D. Voelker Award 2009 for the Senior Associate Editor who has made the most significant contribution to the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review
  • 100% Honor Scholarship, Dean's List, and Honor Roll every term at Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Affiliations
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Vereinigung von Fachleuten des Gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes (VPP)
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