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IICLE Publishes Intellectual Property Law 2013, Brinks' Miller, Frankel and Richards Contributing Authors
April 15, 2013

CHICAGO – With the America Invents Act fresh on the minds of intellectual property attorneys nationwide, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) has published its 2013 edition of Intellectual Property Law as part of its continuing series of guides to practitioners in the law.

Intellectual property attorney Laura Beth Miller, a shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione, contributed the chapter, 'Enforcing and Defending Against Patent Rights Through Litigation,' co-authored with Jeffrey Marx of Rakoczy Molino Mazzochi Siwik LLP.

'Our courts and our colleagues in the profession are constantly facing complex legal questions pertaining to intellectual property rights and protections,' notes Miller. 'This guidebook offers insights and important updates to practitioners across the spectrum of IP law.'

Brinks shareholders and intellectual property attorneys William H. Frankel and Marc V. Richards each also contributed chapters to Intellectual Property Law, Mr. Frankel's on 'Ownership and Management of Patent Rights' and Mr. Richards' on 'Patenting Inventions.'

Ms. Miller, who chairs Brinks' International Trade Commission practice and is a member of the firm's litigation practice group, added that the U.S. Supreme Court faces an increasing caseload specific to intellectual property, even as the overall number of cases it reviews continues to shrink.

'The importance of intellectual assets to corporate success—and to the balance sheet—has become impossible to overlook in the last two decades,' Miller says. 'It's in line with the evolution of the U.S. economy from manufacturing to innovative research and services.'

Miller also notes that the ITC is an increasingly important alternative venue for remedying patent or trademark infringement by non-U.S. entities that is injurious to domestic companies. The ITC, a quasi-judicial Federal agency that functions much like a special court, provides a forum for U.S. and foreign corporations to address claims of patent, trademark or copyright infringement by imported goods, unfair competition related to imported products, misappropriation of trade secrets or trade dress, false advertising and antitrust issues.

'The availability of the ITC as a venue for adjudicating domestic and international trade disputes, combined with the rising frequency of such disputes, has certainly contributed to Brinks' success in building that area of practice,' she adds.

Laura Beth Miller is a trial attorney with experience in IP law, antitrust and commercial litigation. She focuses her practice on district court litigation and ITC proceedings. Her experience includes counseling clients in trade secret protection, trademark clearance and use, patent and copyright protection, antitrust and licensing matters in electrical, computer, Internet, chemistry, biotechnology and mechanical arts. An adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School, Ms. Miller is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Illinois and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as numerous federal courts.

Bill Frankel is chair of Brinks' copyright group. His practice includes patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition litigation in jury and non-jury cases; international intellectual property litigation and counseling; and licensing. He has counseled clients in a variety of technologies in strategies relating to IP licensing, worldwide patent protection and the coordinating legal strategies in global IP disputes. Mr. Frankel has represented clients in federal courts, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, before the International Trade Commission and in alternative dispute resolution forums in connection with injunction, trial, contempt and appellate proceedings.

Marc Richards has extensive experience handling U.S. and international patents in software, business methods, pharmaceuticals, and chemical processes. He has prepared and obtained patents in diverse industry sectors ranging from financial services and insurance to e-commerce, from therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, and combinatorial chemistry to industrial polymers, coatings and films, from thermoplastic moldings to cryogenics, virtual reality products and toys. Mr. Richards has also handled reexamination and interference proceedings for software patents and chemical process patents, has prepared appellate briefs before Federal Circuit, and has handled discovery, pre-trial and trial procedural and substantive matters in patent litigation. He has also investigated trade secret and employee termination disputes.

Intellectual Property Law 2013 is designed to guide corporate general counsel and legal professionals in protecting their intellectual property assets, and has sections addressing patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets matters. Topics for individual chapters include business method patents, cybercrimes, jurisdiction in the information age, enforcement and defenses in trademark law, copyright infringement, the misappropriation of trade secrets, and software and online licensing.

The 2013 edition of Intellectual Property Law also includes discussions of recent updates to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), a new chapter on software licensing, and an updated glossary of patent terms. The handbook includes over 30 sample forms, checklists, and language provisions, including new examples of a prosecution bar provision and source code terms, as well as an updated hybrid browse-wrap and click-wrap agreement for a streaming multimedia service provider. Click here to purchase the book.

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