Michael E. Milz
Shareholder
Overview

“My clients know they can pick up the phone and I’ll quickly give them options or solutions that meet their business goals.”

Michael Milz is co-chair of Brinks, Gilson & Lione's International Patent Group, and counsels clients in obtaining or avoiding U.S. and foreign patents. To date, he has prepared and/or prosecuted hundreds of U.S. patents in mechanical and related technologies including heavy industrial construction equipment, medical devices, electro-mechanical devices, harvesting machinery, electric and gas fireplaces, office furniture and machinery for the printing/converting industry.

Clients value Michael’s insights early in the patent process, and often call on him at the outset of product development to help steer a path through crowded technology spaces. He brings to bear a unique perspective based on more than a decade of patent infringement and related litigation, enabling him to think forward to how courts and administrative judges will view a patent or product.

Michael has a particular focus in the field of medical devices, and frequently collaborates with doctors and engineers who are working to develop successful new products or improve on existing ones. He has a deep knowledge of their competitive landscape and prior art, and is a valued counselor on the best options to manage risk and obtain protection.

Education
  • J.D., with Honors
    Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1990
  • B.S., Civil Engineering
    University of Illinois, 1983
Area of Focus
Experience | Overview
  • Counsels one of the world’s leading health care device companies on product development and patent protection worldwide.

  • Represented Western Printing Machinery Company in patent litigation involving high speed machinery for shingling paper products and in litigation against former employee for misappropriation of trade secrets, false advertising and tortious interference with prospective economic advantage.

  • Represented CFM International in patent litigation involving direct-vent gas fireplaces and gas stoves, and in patent infringement, breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets relating to ceramic fiber products.

  • Represented Herman Miller, Inc. in multi-billion dollar patent litigation involving electric-powered office panels and panel systems.

Experience | Non-Legal
Envirodyne Engineers, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
Structural Engineer, May 1983 - May 1989
Representative Matters
Significant Litigation Experience
  • Scheffer v. Western Printing Machinery. Second chair in patent litigation involving high-speed machinery for shingling paper products.
  • Western Printing Machinery v. Walter Powley et al. Second chair in litigation against former employee for misappropriation of trade secrets, false advertising and tortious interference with prospective economic advantage.
  • CFM v. Heat-N-610. Second chair in patent litigation involving direct vent gas fireplaces.
  • Carry v. CFM. Second chair in litigation for patent infringement, breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets relating to ceramic fiber products.
  • Superion v. CFM. Second chair in patent litigation involving rent-free gas stoves.
Other Litigation Experience
  • Haworth v. Herman Miller. Multi-billion dollar patent litigation involving electric powered office panels and panel systems.
  • Viskase v. Grace. Patent litigation involving oxygen barrier bags.
  • Motor Wheel v. Kelsey-Hayes. Patent litigation involving automotive wheels.
Press Releases & Events
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 ...
July 09, 2014
CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione has been recognized by The Legal 500 for the sixth consecutive year as one of the top U.S. firms for patent prosecution in utility and design, and for the first time the firm ranks as a top U.S. firm for ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
  • Legal 500, Recommended Intellectual Property Lawyer, 2014
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009-2012, 2014, 2016
Affiliations
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    Member, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Registered Professional Engineer - State of Illinois