Janet A. Pioli
Shareholder
Education
  • J.D., cum laude
    Northern Illinois University College of Law, 1984
  • Graduate Studies, Molecular Biology/Biotechnology
    Illinois Institute of Technology, 1992
  • B.S., Political Science
    Illinois State University, 1981
Bar Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Cir.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Experience | Legal

Brinks, Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
Shareholder, January 2012-Present
Counsel, January 2005-2011
Associate, August 1998-2004

Law Offices of Evan B. Karnes II and Associates, Chicago, Illinois
Partner, 1993-1998

Helene Curtis, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
Corporate Counsel, 1989-1993

Cook, Wetzel & Egan, Chicago, Illinois
Associate, May 1987-January 1989

Laff, Whitesel, Conte and Saret, Chicago Illinois
Associate, August 1984-April 1987

Presentations
  • FTC v. Actavis:  A Year in Review, Mumbai, India, February, 2014
  • Second Annual Naples Midwinter Patent Law Experts Conference, Faculty, January 2014
  • "Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2014: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing," Public Interest Law Initiative program, Chicago, May 12-14, 2014
  • "Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2013: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing," Public Interest Law Initiative program, Chicago, May 14-16, 2013
  • "Is Inequitable Conduct Dead? Updating Medical Device Prosecution and Litigation Strategies Post-Therasense," ACI Medical Device Patents Conference, Chicago, March 5-6, 2013
  • "Proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board," moderator, The John Marshall Law School’s 57th Annual Intellectual Property Law, Chicago, February 22, 2013
  • "Patent Overview: Part 1," Patent Basics for the Non-Specialist 2008, Practising Law Institute, Chicago, Illinois, June 13, 2008
  • "The Future of Patent Law - U.S. Supreme Court Update," Law Bulletin Seminars: Corporate IP, Chicago, Illinois, February 19, 2008
  • "Litigating the Multinational Patent Dispute," moderator, Brinks Gilson & Lione Client Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, November 1, 2007
  • "Preparing Priority Applications that Succeed When Filed in the U.S. Patent Office and Enforced in the U.S. Courts," Brinks Gilson & Lione Client Seminar, Munich, Germany, June 14, 2005
  • "Knorr-Bremse v. Dana Corporation: How This Landmark Decision May Affect Your Company," Brinks Gilson & Lione Client Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, October 12, 2004 and November 3, 2004
Press Releases & Events
April 27, 2017

CHICAGO—Janet A. Pioli, a patent attorney and shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, will moderate the panel “Comparing ITC and U.S. District Court Litigation” at the Update on Intellectual Property Litigation at the U.S. International Trade Commission to be held at The John Marshall Law School on April 27, 2017...

April 27, 2017
On April 27, 2017, Janet Pioli will serve as a moderator for the panel, “Comparing ITC and U.S. District Court Litigation.”  Administrative Law Judge Mary Joan McNamara and Former ITC Commissioner Dean Pinkert are on the panel. ...
January 12, 2016

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

April 20, 2015
CHICAGO—Laura Beth Miller and Janet A. Pioli, two stand-out intellectual property attorneys and shareholders at Brinks Gilson & Lione, have been named by Leading Lawyers to its list of the Top 10 Women Intellectual Property Lawyers in ...
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 ...
January 14, 2014
CHICAGO—Twenty-seven attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named as 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers in the categories of Intellectual Property Litigation and Intellectual Property, and six have been recognized as Rising ...
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 ...
Honors
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Law, 2009-2011, 2013-2017
  • Leading Lawyers, 2012-2014, Top 100 Leading Women Lawyers in Illinois, Top 100 Leading Women Business Lawyers in Illinois
  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, Patent Law, Intellectual Property Law, Advertising & Media Law, Copyright & Trademark Law
Affiliations
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
    Board Member, 2014
    Past President, 2013-2014
    President, 2012-2013
    President-Elect, 2011-2012
    Committee Chair, 2007-2013
  • Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada)
    International Delegate 2011-present
  • Licensing Executives Society International, Life Sciences Committee Vice Chair
  • Richard Linn American Inn of Court
    Secretary, 2009-2010
    Board Member, 2008-2009
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Historical Society
    Secretary, Dinner Chair
  • Board of Visitors, Northern Illinois University College of Law
    Chairperson-Career and Professional Development Committee
  • Aspire of Illinois
    Board of Directors, 2014