John A. Lingl
Shareholder

John Lingl focuses his practice of intellectual property law on patent, copyright and trademark litigation and prosecuting both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous technological areas.

He has acted as outside counsel for a broad range of clients, from individuals, to small businesses, to startups, to Fortune 500 corporations.  In practice, clients look to him not only for his handling of tactical matters such as patent applications, but his ability to strategically think forward about the challenges coming their way.

John has extensive experience and expertise in numerous technology 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.

Education
  • J.D.,
    The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, 2004
  • B.S., Computer Engineering
    Kettering University, 2000
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Court, W.D. Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Area of Focus
Experience | Legal
Brinks Gilson & Lione, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shareholder, January 2013-Present
Associate, September 2004-December 2012
Summer Associate, Summers 2002, 2003
Experience | Non-Legal

Visteon Corporation, Sunnyvale, California
Software Engineer, 2000-2001

IMRA America, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Student Intern, 1998-2000

Forward Thinking
alert
April 07, 2017

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) denied Google’s petition for rehearing en banc.  Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., ___ F.3d. ___, Case No. 2015-1812 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 4, 2017).  In the petition, Google asked the CAFC to overturn Versata Development Group, inc. v. SAP America, Inc., 793 F.3d 1306 (Fed. Cir. 2015) in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, 136 S. Ct. 2131 (2016)...

blogpost
April 07, 2017
In a recent IP alert, Attorneys, John Lingl and Jason Jang, discuss a recent Federal Circuit decision. Please click here to read more. Contact Us Additional information about post-grant proceedings can be found on our Post-Grant Patent ...
alert
December 21, 2015

The Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Bank Int’l, 573 U.S. __, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014) ...

in the media
November 13, 2015

On November 13, 2015 John Lingl's article, "Copyright infringement fears fade with new vehicle software ...

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
September 11, 2014
On September 11, 2014, Michael Spink and John Lingl were mentioned in MLive’s Ann Arbor Business Briefs for their inclusion as “Michigan Rising Stars 2014” by Michigan Super Lawyers. Click here to read more.
publication
June 2012
Michael N. Spink and John A. Lingl wrote “Intellectual Property in M&A Transactions,” for the June 2012 issue of The Corporate Counselor.
publication
May/June 2010
This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or downloaded or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.
publication
March/April 2006
The first part of this series detailed how U.S. Copyright law provides protection for databases that have adequate selection and arrangement. The second part detailed how state contract law may provide some additional database protection. This third ...
publication
November/December 2005
Introduction With the growth of electronic commerce, the transaction costs of duplicating and transmitting electronic media, such as databases, have been significantly reduced. This transaction cost reduction has caused great concern among database ...
Representative Matters
  • Robert Bosch, LLC v. Snap-on Inc. et al., 769 F.3d 1094 (Fed. Cir. 2014).
    Successfully defended tool and diagnostic manufacturers Snap-On and Drew Technologies in a patent infringement lawsuit involving a patent directed to a diagnostic tester for motor vehicles.   Part of the core team that argued the claim terms “program recognition device” and “program loading device” were indefinite because they are means-plus function elements with no corresponding structure disclosed in the specification.  This case is a landmark decision in the jurisprudence of “means plus function” claim language, and was the first time the Federal Circuit ever held a means-plus-function term indefinite when the term did not use the word "means."
  • Wasica Finance et al. v. Continental, (D.Del. 2012-present); In re [Continental IPR].
    Represented Defendant Continental in staying the district court action at the outset of the case and obtaining institution of an inter partes review of the asserted patent.
  • In the Matter of Certain Devices for Capturing and Transmitting Images and Components thereof, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-831 (U.S. Int’l Trade Comm’n, 2012 -2013 present).
    Represented Eastman Kodak Company in a Section 337 investigation based on importation of Respondents’ (Apple and HTC) smartphone and tablet products that are accused of infringing Complainant’s patent rights that resulted in a $500 million settlement for Eastman Kodak.
  • Quixtar, Inc. v. Signature Management Team, et al. (D. Nev. 2007-2010).
    Representing Quixtar in an action relating to misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and tortious interference. The case settled.
  • Quixtar, Inc. v. Woodward, et al. (JAMS Arbitration 2007-2010).
    Representing Quixtar in an action relating to misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and tortious interference. After a 16-day trial, an arbitrator awarded Quixtar over $25 million. A district court subsequently confirmed the arbitrator’s decision.
  • Polar Molecular Corp. v. Alticor, Inc. et al., No. 07-0460 (W.D. Mich. 2007 – 2009)
    Represented Alticor in a lawsuit where plaintiff asserts trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation. This case was successfully dismissed after filing a summary judgment motion.
  • Karmann GmbH v. Dura Convertible Systems, Inc., No. 05-55927 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2006 - 2007). Defended Dura in a bankruptcy court adversary proceeding involving patent infringement claims relating to convertible tops for automobiles. Assisted in obtaining settlement advantageous to Dura just prior to trial after successfully procuring an aggressive four month filing to trial “rocket docket.”
  • Alticor Inc. v. Tristrata Technology, Inc. et al., No. 05-763 (W.D. Mich. 2005). Assisted in securing a favorable settlement on behalf of Alticor quickly after filing a complaint for declaratory judgment.
  • Hull v. Rothhammer International, Inc., No. C05-03538 (N.D. Cal. 2005). Defended Rothhammer in a patent infringement action that was successfully dismissed after filing a motion for summary judgment. 
  • Tenneco Automotive Inc. v. Visteon Corp. (D. Del. 2003-2005). Member of the team that represented Visteon, which was accused of infringing two patents on catalytic converters. One patent was dismissed prior to trial.  Following a six-day trial on the second patent, the case settled before the jury delivered a verdict.
Press Releases & Events
September 01, 2016

ANN ARBOR—John A. Lingl and Josh E. Ney, Ph.D., attorneys in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks...

November 02, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – John Lingl, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & ...

September 15, 2015
ANN ARBOR – John A. Lingl and Josh E. Ney, Ph.D., attorneys in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have been named Michigan Rising Stars 2015 by Michigan Super ...
September 02, 2014
ANN ARBOR – John A. Lingl and Michael N. Spink, shareholders in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have been named Michigan Rising Stars 2014 by Michigan Super ...
December 20, 2012
ANN ARBOR – John A. Lingl, an attorney in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks 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 ...
December 10, 2012
CHICAGO – Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, today announced that Bashir M.S. Ali, David P. Lindner, John A. Lingl, Stephen C. Smith, Scott A. Timmerman and Mircea A. ...
September 13, 2012
ANN ARBOR – Steven L. Oberholtzer, Managing Partner of the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer for 2012 in the practice area of ...
June 8, 2012
ANN ARBOR – Michael N. Spink and John A. Lingl, attorneys in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have co-authored an article in the June 2012 issue of The Corporate ...
Honors
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013; Rising Star, 2014-2016
Affiliations
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
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