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Brinks Gilson & Lione Promotes Six to Shareholder
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. Tipescu have been elected as shareholders, effective January 2013.

“Each of these six attorneys has demonstrated excellence in client service and expertise in important aspects of intellectual property law. We congratulate each of them on their achievements,” said James R. Sobieraj, Brinks’ president. “Collectively, our new shareholders represent our firm’s commitment to building a deep expertise across all areas of IP legal practice in every field of technology and science.”

Bashir Ali, Ph.D., based in Brinks’ office in Research Triangle Park, N.C., focuses primarily on patent law matters for clients in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, including preparing and prosecuting patent applications. With a background in the natural sciences, he specializes in small molecule pharmaceuticals, chemicals, polymers, green technology, energy and agricultural products. Prior to joining Brinks, Dr. Ali was a research scientist and patent coordinator at Kimberly-Clark Corporation and a research chemist at Dais Corporation. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Chemistry from Somali National University, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.

David Lindner’s practice includes litigation, U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, and opinion counseling in technologies such as telecommunications, computer networks, the Internet, computer software, speech systems, power meters, electronic circuitry, and medical inhalation devices, along with business method patents. Based in Brinks’ Chicago office, Mr. Lindner is an active member of the firm’s pro bono committee, working with Lawyers for the Creative Arts to provide legal assistance to individuals in the arts, and volunteering with Cabrini Green Legal Aid. Mr. Lindner holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with Honors from the University of Illinois and a J.D. summa cum laude from the DePaul University of Law.

John Lingl, based in Brinks’ Ann Arbor office, focuses his practice on patent, copyright and trademark litigation and prosecution of both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous technological areas. Prior to joining Brinks, Mr. Lingl was a software engineer at Visteon Corporation. Mr. Lingl holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Kettering University and a J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Stephen Smith’s intellectual property practice focuses on patent prosecution, diligence, counseling, licensing, and complex litigation in the mechanical and electrical arts. Experienced in all phases of US and international prosecution matters, Mr. Smith specializes in consumer products, automotive components, medical devices, commercial restaurant equipment, construction and industrial equipment. Based in Brinks’ Chicago office, Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Scott Timmerman, based in Brinks’ Chicago office, focuses on patent prosecution and patent litigation. He also counsels clients regarding patentability, validity, infringement, clearance, licensing, patent portfolio management, and due diligence issues. With a background in physics and computer technology, his patent practice specializes in the electrical and computer arts, including technologies such as computer software, networking, wireless technology, memory systems, circuitry, telecommunications, and electronic devices, as well as extensive experience with Internet and e-commerce technologies. He holds a B.S. with Honors in Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Iowa and a J.D. with Distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Mircea Tipescu’s practice encompasses patent litigation, counseling and prosecution. He has represented clients in federal courts, as well as the United States International Trade Commission. He has written several articles for Inside Counsel concerning patent-related issues. Prior to joining Brinks, Mr. Tipescu was an applications engineer at SGS-Thomson Microelectronics and a control systems engineer at Fluid Air, Inc. Based in Brinks’ Chicago office, he holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

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 advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Indianapolis, Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. More information is available at