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Brinks Announces 2013 Board of Directors
January 22, 2013

CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione has announced its 2013 board of directors, a group headed by firm president James R. Sobieraj and including shareholders William H. Frankel, Howard S. Michael, James P. Naughton, Steven L. Oberholtzer, Gustavo Siller Jr. and Andrew D. Stover.

Sobieraj has more than 30 years’ experience in litigating patent cases before juries, judges and arbitrators. He has been lead counsel in many lawsuits involving patent infringement, ownership of patent rights, license disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, fraud, antitrust, breach of contract and other commercial litigation. Mr. Sobieraj has represented companies in cases involving a variety of technologies, including analog and digital electronics, microprocessors, software, medical devices, automotive components and various consumer goods.

William Frankel has more than 30 years of IP experience focused on patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition litigation in jury and non-jury cases. Currently, he serves as chair of both Brinks’ Copyright practice group and the firm’s task force on legal services to Israel. Mr. Frankel has represented multinational clients in federal courts, before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, before the International Trade Commission and in alternative dispute resolution forums in connection with injunction, trial, contempt and appellate proceedings.

Howard Michael, repeatedly recognized by his peers as a leading lawyer in intellectual property law, specializes in advertising and media law, and trade secrets and unfair competition law. He is often asked to speak on current intellectual property topics. New to Brinks’ board this year, Mr. Michael focuses on trademark, unfair competition, trade dress, dilution, false advertising, copyright, trade secret and licensing matters, and is also involved in Internet-related litigation and counseling.

James Naughton has over 30 years of legal experience and focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling, portfolio management, prosecution and litigation, with emphasis in patent matters. Mr. Naughton has extensive experience in vehicle navigation, medical devices, online commerce, business methods, computer systems and electronic circuits.

Steven Oberholtzer specializes in patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, and joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. Due in part to his lifelong interest in the automotive industry, he has developed a particular expertise in intellectual property legal issues relating to industry. Mr. Oberholtzer has additional experience in various areas of technology, including medical devices, lasers, fiber optics, optical devices and heavy industrial equipment.

Gustavo Siller, Jr. is a licensed patent attorney with experience in patent prosecution and interference practice; he focuses on patent, trade secrets and unfair competition litigation, counseling and prosecution. Mr. Siller’s practice includes trial work and counseling in patent and anti-trust litigation relating to analog and digital technology, medical devices, computer design, semiconductor technology, expert systems, software related technology, conveyor devices and packaging technology. He also chairs the firm’s China task force.

Andrew Stover chairs Brinks’ U.S. Patent Prosecution practice group and has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting U.S., foreign and international patent applications. Mr. Stover counsels clients about all aspects of patent law, and prepares non-infringement, patentability and invalidity opinions. His patent prosecution experience concentrates on the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts, including medical devices, scanning and detecting equipment, textile machinery and products, agricultural machinery and products, packaging machinery and products and office furniture products.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis and Detroit. More information is available at