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MOVING FORWARD
WITH TECHNOLOGY

Mechanical

In today’s global economy, navigating patent laws can be a challenging, daunting endeavor.  Deciphering the latest caselaw from the courts or requirements from the USPTO can prove to be just as complex as a simple mechanical invention going to market. 

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys are experienced with all the mechanical arts, from the most basic articles to complicated machinery.  This experience includes obtaining patents, advising on right to use for contemplated commercial products, negotiating agreements and licenses, post grant proceedings, and litigating issues involving patents and trade secrets.  Areas of mechanical technology in which the firm has been involved include electrical connectors, plastic molding, automotive components, machine tools, industrial equipment, beverage cans, packaging and textile machinery, power tools, construction equipment, steel-making equipment, energy generation and power transmission , robotics, commercial products, athletic footwear, medical devices, exercise machines, to name a few. 

Fluent with all aspects of intellectual property rights in the mechanical arts, we use this experience on a daily basis to provide high-quality, cost-effective services to our clients in the mechanical fields.  Being able to combine our legal knowledge, practical industry experience and strong technical insight enables us to create customized, forward thinking solutions for your legal IP needs.

Forward Thinking
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On June 5, 2017, the Federal Circuit arrived at two different conclusions concerning whether a case is exceptional under 35 U.S.C. § 285, reversing the district court in both cases...

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On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (Case No. 16-341) altering the landscape of venue for patent infringement litigation...

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In Helsinn Healthcare S.A., v. Teva Pharm. USA, Inc., the Federal Circuit recently held that, despite changes to the statutory language of § 102 under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), the Court’s pre-AIA interpretation of the on-sale bar remains the same with respect to public sales...

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As part of its annual “Special 301” identification and review of countries that deny adequate and...

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On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office launched its new electronic registration system ...

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On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc. upset the framework for determining damages for infringement of a design patent in the context of a multicomponent product.  Under § 289 of the Patent Act, the infringer of a design patent is liable for all of its profit from the manufacture or sale of the infringing “article of manufacture.” 

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The Supreme Court recently granted a petition for writ of certiorari to review the Federal Circuit’s en banc ...

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In Medtronic, Inc. v. Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc., the Federal Circuit discussed the non-appealable...

 

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On October 6th, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a greatly anticipated study, the subject ..

 

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In recent months, the Ninth Circuit and Fourth Circuit have issued important rulings about how the Lanham Act, ...

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For nearly a century, U.S. federal courts have struggled with the “metaphysical quandary” involved in determining ...

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On July 25, 2016, the Federal Circuit, in In re Magnum Oil Tools Int’l, reversed the final decision of an inter partes ...

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On July 11, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) announced a new Post-Prosecution ...  

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On June 23, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to exit the European Union (EU) – a decisive move whimsically known ...

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The Federal Circuit, in an en banc decision, held that to be “on sale” under pre-AIA § 102(b), a product must be the ...

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In vacating a District Court grant of summary judgment that a patent directed to a cryopreservation process was ...

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On June 21, 2016, the Federal Circuit, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., held that a patent application filed as a continuation of an earlier application on the issue date of the earlier application has been “filed before the patenting” of the earlier application, and therefore is entitled to the earlier application’s filing date under 35 U.S.C. § 120...

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On June 17, 2016, IP Frontline published an article entitled, “Never Late is Better: PTAB Denies Petitioners Motion in IPR After Missing Filing Deadline By Minutes” written by Oluwafemi Masha, Kent E. Genin and Jennifer Fox.  Please ...
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On May 23, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision denying motions...

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On May 13, 2016, the Federal Circuit, in Merck & Cie v. Watson Labs., Inc., held that an offer for sale that qualifies as a commercial offer under the law governing contracts...

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The Supreme Court recently granted a petition for writ of certiorari to review the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision in SCA Hygiene Prods. Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Prods., LLC.

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CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione patent attorney and shareholder Stephen C. Smith was a featured presenter at RAPID 2016, a 3D technology conference, on May 17, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Smith spoke ...
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President Obama signed into law yesterday the Defend Trade Secrets Act, establishing for the first time an ostensibly uniform national trade secret protection standard...
 

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On April 25, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case, Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, No. 15-446, that seeks to determine whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board...

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Suggestions to amend or abolish 35 U.S.C. § 101 of the Patent Act are increasing in light of the number of software and biological patents...

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On Friday, January 15, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in In re Cuozzo Speed ...

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CHICAGO—Danielle Gillen, an attorney at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, and a team ...

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CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione announced today that Mark H. Remus has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Chicago office. Remus is a seasoned trial lawyer who has served as lead counsel on numerous patent ...
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Chicago — Elizabeth Chien-Hale, former Apple in-house counsel and founder of the Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Asia (I2PLA), has joined Brinks Gilson & Lione in Washington DC, supplementing the firm’s patent ...
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CHICAGO—Nine attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named IP Stars for 2015 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. For the second year in a row, the publication also designated Brinks' offices ...
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ANN ARBOR– A report titled Patent Related Trends in the Automotive Industry, released today by Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., reviews patent filings and litigation activity from 2008 ...
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CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione has been recognized by The Legal 500 for the sixth consecutive year as one of the top U.S. firms for patent prosecution in utility and design, and for the first time the firm ranks as a top U.S. firm for ...
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ANN ARBOR – James Cleland, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been reappointed for a second, two- year term to serve as a member of the ...
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ANN ARBOR – Four attorneys from the Ann Arbor office of intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been recognized as IP Stars for 2013 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine for their insights into the intricacies ...
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CHICAGO – Eleven attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been recognized as IP Stars for 2013 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, for their insights into the intricacies of practicing IP law and their ...
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ANN ARBOR –For patent seekers and patent attorneys alike, March 16, 2013 will be a momentous date. That’s the day the U.S. transitions from its current 'first-to-invent' system to a 'first-inventor-to-file' (FITF) system ...
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CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione has added four new attorneys as chairs of its firm-wide practice groups and formed two new task forces to focus on intellectual property legal services to clients in Germany and Brazil. Appointees include ...
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CHICAGO – Thirty-eight attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named in the 2013 Super Lawyers Illinois Edition, in the categories of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Alternate Dispute Resolution ...
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ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., is pleased to announce that Daniel R. Hoovler has joined the Ann Arbor office as an associate attorney. At Brinks, Mr. Hoovler will focus ...
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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, ...
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CHICAGO – The 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition has named 24 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione in the categories of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property – Litigation respectively. The following Brinks attorneys are ...
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CHICAGO – Leading Lawyers Network has named 54 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, as 2012 Leading Lawyers in intellectual property in Illinois for 2012. The roster ...
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ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces that Robert D. Shereda, Ph.D. and Nicholas J. Angelocci have joined the Ann Arbor office and Jon H. Beaupré, a shareholder ...
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CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago’s largest intellectual property law firm and one of the largest IP firms in the country, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a new charter school, Legal Prep, slated to open this fall in ...
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is set to mark a milestone in its history next week, with the opening of its first regional office. On July 13, 2012, the “Elijah J. McCoy U. S. Patent and Trademark Office” officially opens its doors ...
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Steven L. Oberholtzer penned The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law, a primer published by Brinks Gilson & Lione in 2006. Copies available upon request by clicking here.
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