Brinks Gilson & Lione Adds Six Attorneys in Chicago
CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has announced the addition of six legal professionals in its Chicago office: Betsy J. Derwinski, Eric D. Babych, James G. DeRouin, Angela K. Hsieh, Hersh H. Mehta and Nicholas A. Restauri.
Betsy J. Derwinski has joined Brinks as counsel focusing her practice on U.S. patent prosecution. Ms. Derwinski specializes in patents for biomedical devices and equipment; blood processing and intravenous systems and methods of use; cardiovascular devices; dialysis equipment; blood filters; and membranes. Her work also includes patent validity and infringement analyses, trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement matters, and intellectual property licensing agreements.
Before joining Brinks, Ms. Derwinski was a shareholder at the Chicago-based firm Cook Alex Ltd. Previously, she worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the American Medical Association and in the legal department of a Chicago-based hospital system. Ms. Derwinski is a member of the board of managers for the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. She holds a B.S. in biology from the College of William & Mary and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Eric D. Babych has joined Brinks as an associate focusing on domestic and foreign patent prosecution in the pharmaceutical, chemical and medical device industries. He will also be advising clients on issues related to patent infringement, enforcement and validity, as well as providing strategic patent portfolio guidance. Previously, Mr. Babych was an associate with Ladas & Parry in Chicago, after beginning his career as a medicinal chemist at Arena Pharmaceuticals in San Diego, Calif. While at Arena, Mr. Babych performed complex multi-step organic synthesis and was listed as an inventor on International Patent Application No. PCT/US2004/043609, among others. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Utah and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.
James G. DeRouin has joined Brinks as an associate focusing on patent prosecution and litigation in the electrical arts. Before joining Brinks, Mr. DeRouin worked with Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance as a Graduate Fellow of the Public Interest Law Initiative. Previously, he was a summer associate at St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens in Stamford, Conn.; an intern for Chief Judge James F. Holderman in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; and an extern at McCracken & Frank in Chicago. In addition, Mr. DeRouin interned at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in Hsinchu City, Taiwan, and was an engineer at Emerson Process Management in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. DeRouin holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri and a J.D., cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School.
Angela K. Hsieh has joined Brinks as an associate focusing on patent prosecution and litigation in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Ms. Hsieh was a summer associate at Brinks in 2010 and 2011 and previously was a patent engineering intern at Rolls-Royce Corp. in Indianapolis, Ind. Ms. Hsieh holds a B.S. with honors in bioengineering and a J.D., magna cum laude, both from the University of Illinois. Ms. Hsieh was a national qualifier in the International Trademark Association’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in 2012 and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Hersh H. Mehta has joined the firm as an associate focusing on patent litigation, prosecution and opinions. He also counsels clients on patentability, validity, infringement, freedom to practice, and licensing issues. Mr. Mehta’s experience spans a broad range of technologies related to the Internet, cellular networks, cryptographic protocols, displays, futures trading, medical imaging, processors, robotics, high-altitude platforms, medical devices, wearable computing devices and automotive powertrain systems. Before joining Brinks, Mr. Mehta was an associate at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff in Chicago and at Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch in Falls Church, Va. He began his career as an engineer at Pall Life Sciences and Chrysler LLC, both based in Michigan. Mr. Mehta holds a B.S., magna cum laude, in electrical engineering from Kettering University and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Nicholas A. Restauri has joined Brinks as an associate focusing on patent litigation and prosecution in the electrical and computing arts. Before joining Brinks, Mr. Restauri was a patent law clerk at Cherskov Flaynik & Gurda and at Saper Law Offices, and a summer associate at Scandaglia & Ryan, all based in Chicago. Mr. Restauri holds a B.S. in mathematics and political science from Western Michigan University, an M.S. in computer science from DePaul University and a J.D., cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Restauri was an editor of DePaul’s Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property, where he published a case study on i4i Ltd. Partnership v. Microsoft Corp., and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers, a national honorary society. He took first place in the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Patent Moot Court Competition regionals and was a runner-up at the national Competition, where he and his partner also received awards for best brief in both the Appellee and Appellant categories.
Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 140 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 bachelors and advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.brinksgilson.com.