Steven L. Oberholtzer
Shareholder
Overview

“There’s a technological revolution happening in the automotive industry, and we’re in the middle of it.”

Steven Oberholtzer’s practice focuses the development and implementation of corporate intellectual property policies, intellectual asset management, litigation, and technology licensing.

Steven has decades of experience representing clients in the automotive industry, including current responsibility for the worldwide intellectual property issues of multiple automotive suppliers. A lifelong auto enthusiast, he worked as an engineer at General Motors and as a senior project engineer with a domestic OEM manufacturer before receiving his law degree.  He previously served as in-house patent counsel for a Tier 1 supplier, and in private practice has acted as primary outside counsel for a number of Tier 1 and lower Tier suppliers.

Steven frequently supervises teams of attorneys managing all of his clients’ intellectual property matters. 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.

Familiar with a range of mechanical and electromechanical disciplines, he has also worked with clients technology areas including medical devices, lasers, fiber optics, optical devices and heavy industrial equipment. A frequent writer and speaker on intellectual property policy development, Steven also has experience in United States Patent and Trademark Office administrative proceedings, including trademark oppositions and patent application preparation and prosecution. He regularly provides opinions regarding infringement risks, design-around projects, patentability, litigation, and intellectual property issues surrounding merger and acquisition transactions.

Practice Groups
Education
  • J.D.,
    Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, 1981
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering
    General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), 1977
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Area of Focus
Experience | Overview
  • Served as primary outside counsel to multiple Tier 1 auto suppliers.
  • Developed intellectual property policies for multiple automotive industry clients.
  • Acted as trial counsel in patent infringement cases in federal district court.
Experience | Legal

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shareholder, 2001-Present
Managing Partner, Ann Arbor Office
Member, Board of Directors, 2007-2008

Harness, Dickey & Pierce
Partner, 1987-2001
Associate, 1983-1987

Kelsey Hayes, Inc.
Associate Patent Counsel, 1981-1983

Press Releases & Events
November 28, 2017

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., and celebrating its 100th year in 2017, is pleased to announce its proprietary IP Tool Kit is now available in a Centennial version for entrepreneurs...

October 17, 2017

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Steven L. Oberholtzer, managing shareholder of the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been named a 2018 Top Lawyer by the Detroit business publication, DBusiness Magazine...

August 15, 2017

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Steven L. Oberholtzer managing shareholder of the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based  Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the area of patent law...

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...

August 01, 2017
Ann Arbor, MI - Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., and with a thriving office in Ann Arbor, is celebrating the firm’s centennial anniversary in 2017. The firm, which also has offices in ...
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) ...

June 06, 2017

CHICAGO—For the fourth consecutive year, Managing Intellectual Property, publisher of the annual comprehensive legal directory IP STARS, has accorded a Highly Recommended ranking to the Illinois office of intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, and a Recommended ranking to the firm’s office in North Carolina. Managing IP also ranked Brinks’ office in Ann Arbor, Mich., office as Recommended...

May 31, 2017

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Managing Intellectual Property magazine (MIP)  named eleven attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., to its annual list of IP Stars...

February 01, 2017

Ann Arbor, Mich.—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, announced that Steven L. Oberholtzer, ...

January 31, 2017

Ann Arbor, Mich.—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, announced that Brinks’ ...

August 29, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Steven L. Oberholtzer managing shareholder of the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based...

August 15, 2016

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

June 01, 2016

ANN ARBOR, MI.—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.

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.

May 19, 2016
ANN ARBOR –Managing Intellectual Property magazine (MIP) named nine attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., to its annual list of IP Stars. The attorneys with Michigan connections ...
May 19, 2016
CHICAGO—For the third year in a row, Managing Intellectual Property magazine (MIP) has designated intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Illinois office as Highly Recommended in its annual rankings, and has ranked the ...
January 07, 2016
ANN ARBOR/Detroit – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., and with offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit, is listed as the 9th largest intellectual property law firm in Southeast Michigan in the ...
December 10, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MI—Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms ...

November 16, 2015

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

August 28, 2015

ANN ARBOR – Steven L. Oberholtzer managing shareholder of the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based ...

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 ...
July 06, 2015
CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson and Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has again achieved recognition in the IAM Patent 1000 2015—The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, Intellectual Asset ...
June 01, 2015
CHICAGO—Nine attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named IP Stars for 2015 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. For the second year in a row, the publication also designated Brinks' offices ...
May 26, 2015
ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces three attorneys from the Ann Arbor office are among 10 Brinks attorneys selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to ...
March 18, 2015
ANN ARBOR– A report titled Patent Related Trends in the Automotive Industry, released today by Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., reviews patent filings and litigation activity from 2008 ...
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 29, 2014
ANN ARBOR – Steven L. Oberholtzer and Eric J. Sosenko, shareholders in the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., were selected by their peers for inclusion ...
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 ...
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 06, 2014
ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces four attorneys from the Ann Arbor office are among 14 Brinks attorneys selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to ...
June 03, 2014
CHICAGO—Fourteen attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to appear in its second edition of IP Stars for 2014. Brinks attorneys named include firm ...
May 29, 2014
ANN ARBOR – Steven L. Oberholtzer, shareholder and managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., was a recent guest on Comcast Newsmakers, a news show ...
January 17, 2014
ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Six shareholders from the Michigan offices of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, have been named or reappointed firm-wide chairpersons of the firm’s legal and ...
January 07, 2014
ANN ARBOR - Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces the third edition of its intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law, is now available in ...
Honors
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2018
  • Patent Law "Lawyer of the Year" - Ann Arbor, The Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Leading Patent Practitioner, Intellectual Asset Management magazine's "IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners," 2014-2017
  • Named among the "Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit," Dbusiness, 2013, 2018
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property magazine, 2013, 2014, 2016-2017
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2014-2015
  • Leader in the Law Award, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2012
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2012, 2014
  • "AV" Peer-Review Rated, highest ranking for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), 2009-Present
Affiliations
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
    Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Technology Transfer Society
  • Michigan Patent Law Association
  • Licensing Executives Society - Co-Chair, Michigan Chapter
  • Original Equipment Suppliers Association