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Five Brinks Shareholders Recognized in IAM Patent 1000
July 09, 2012

CHICAGO– Brinks shareholders Allen R. Baum, William H. Frankel, Gary M. Ropski, James R. Sobieraj and Andrew D. Stover have been ranked among the top U.S patent law practitioners in Intellectual Asset Management’s inaugural IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. Brinks itself was highly ranked in the firm listings for Illinois and North Carolina.

In the rankings for individual patent litigators, Brinks president James R. Sobieraj, the firm's immediate past president Gary M. Ropski, and William H. Frankel, who chairs Brinks' copyright practice, were ranked in the Silver band. IAM recognized Mr. Sobieraj and Mr. Ropski for being “outstanding and effective litigators who, in the end, get great results for clients,” and Mr. Frankel as being “equally esteemed for his litigation nous.”

Mr. Sobieraj was also ranked in the Silver band for licensing. Mr. Sobieraj is “adept at working with a wide variety of technologies,” noted IAM. With more than 30 years of experience in patent litigation and licensing, 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. He is a past president of the Licensing Executives Society (LES USA & Canada) and of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.

IAM described Gary M. Ropski as “a veteran of over 100 IP cases, where his talent for breaking down complex technical issues for the benefit of judge and jury shines.” With over 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Mr. Ropski has litigated in every U.S. federal judicial circuit and in almost all of the top 10 court districts for patent litigation. He has received accolades for his skill at presenting and rebutting claims in litigation, making complex topics easily understandable by a jury or judge. Mr. Ropski also taught patent and copyright law for 17 years at the Northwestern University School of Law.

William H. Frankel has more than 30 years of experience focused on patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition litigation in jury and non-jury cases. He has represented multinational clients in federal courts, before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and in alternative dispute resolution forums in connection with injunction, trial, contempt and appellate proceedings. In addition, Mr. Frankel has taught patent law as an adjunct professor at DePaul University, and has written and presented on a number of intellectual property law topics in venues around the world.

Andrew D. Stover, who chairs Brinks' Patent Prosecution Group, was ranked in the Recommended band among Illinois attorneys in the patent prosecution category. Mr. Stover, reported IAM, brings “adds technical muscle to the litigation side, playing a key role in some of the firm’s most notable cases.” Mr. Stover has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting domestic, foreign and international patent applications, advising and counseling clients about all aspects of patent law, and preparing non-infringement, patentability and invalidity opinions. His practice focuses 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.

Allen R. Baum, who chairs Brinks' Chemical Group and is also managing shareholder of the Research Triangle Park office, was recognized in the Recommended band of individual patent law practitioners in North Carolina. Mr. Baum, said IAM, is a transactional expert who “adds value to numerous licensing deals” and “is adept at setting followers on the right course to avoid the courtroom.” Allen is also a past president of LES USA & Canada.

For more information about the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, see

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