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January 25, 2010
Carolee Swallie

Gilson, Ropski Head List of Five Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Named Among World's Leading Trademark Practitioners

CHICAGO – Senior shareholder and trademark luminary Jerome Gilson heads a list of five attorneys at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, included in Euromoney PLC’s Expert Guides: The Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners 2009. The firm’s current president, Gary M. Ropski, was also named, along with Brinks attorneys David S. Fleming, Jeffery A. Handelman and Mary M. Squyres.

Brinks attorneys are frequent nominees to Euromoney PLC’s invitation-only legal directories pertaining to intellectual property. In The Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners 2009, the firm was lauded for its “great reputation with clients,” one of whom noted that, "[T]he firm's . . . methods are clear and concise and they really help the judge and jury—very impressive."

Jerome Gilson is known among IP attorneys as the original author of Gilson on Trademarks, a leading treatise in the field and one frequently cited in court decisions. Gilson has helped some of the largest trademark owners in the world develop legal strategies to protect their brands, including Harvard University, Exxon, Bayer AG, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Wrigley Doublemint and Juicy Fruit, United Airlines, Jockey, U.S. Steel and others.

Gilson has been the recipient of many industry awards, including Managing Intellectual Property’s first Lifetime Achievement Award and he has been inducted into Intellectual Asset Magazine’s IP Hall of Fame. Managing Intellectual Property named Gilson the top trademark practitioner in the world in 1998, based on an international survey of attorneys. In 2003, he was among the top five U.S. trademark practitioners in Euromoney PLC’s Expert Guides: The Best of the Best, receiving the most votes worldwide.

Brinks president Gary M. Ropski has practiced IP law for more than 30 years at Brinks and has been the firm’s president since 2006. He has participated in more than 100 IP legal cases and litigated in every federal judicial circuit in the United States. Ropski excels at presenting and rebutting damage claims in IP litigation, making complex topics easily understand able by a jury or judge and incorporating creative visual and computer-generated techniques at trial. He is frequently named among top IP litigators in Illinois.

David S. Fleming chairs the firm’s Trademarks and Unfair Competition Litigation Group and co-chairs Brinks’ Litigation Group. He represents a wide range of companies in trademark and unfair competition matters, including many Internet-related matters. Fleming has been an active member of the International Trade Trademark Association (INTA) and will begin a three-year term on INTA’s Board of Directors beginning on January 1, 2010. Fleming was previously listed in The Expert Guides in 2002. He has represented such well-known companies as Yahoo, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Motorola.

Jeffery A. Handelman has practiced IP law at Brinks for more than 25 years and has served as co-chair of Brinks’ Litigation Group and chair of the Trademark Group. Handelman litigates before U.S. Courts of Appeals and U.S. District Courts around the country and practices extensively before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. His expertise includes trademark law, unfair competition, trade dress, dilution, false advertising, copyright law and licensing matters. He is a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Mediation Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Handelman is a frequently invited speaker on IP topics and is the author of Guide to TTAB Practice, a two-volume treatise published by Aspen Publishers that was a co-winner of a 2008 Burton Award for Legal Achievement.

Mary M. Squyres is chair of Brinks’ International Trademark Group. She manages eight staff and more than 20,000 active trademark files. Her practice includes international trademark litigation, licensing and prosecution, including determination of international filing strategies, negotiating worldwide mutual co-existence agreements and effective enforcement strategies to defend marks and prevent infringements. She has tried numerous cases in Europe and Asia, representing such entities as Harvard University, Tyson Foods and United Air Lines. Squyres is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2009 and other top attorney rankings. She is the author of West’s Trademark Practice Throughout the World, a three-volume treatise on the management of an international trademark portfolio.

The Expert Guides, published by Euromoney PLC’s Legal Media Group, list the leading practitioners in approximately 60 jurisdictions. Attorneys listed in the Expert Guides are selected through a rigorous nomination and screening process that includes questionnaires, interviews and nominations from legal professionals and in-house counsel around the world.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States and serves the intellectual property needs of clients around the world. Brinks has more than 180 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property litigation and all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright law. The firm also advises on issues relating to intellectual asset management, trade secrets, unfair competition, and technology and licensing agreements. Brinks routinely handles assignments for companies in the electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering sectors; the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and nanotechnology industries; and for companies whose work relates to Internet and computer technology law. The firm’s trademark practice works on behalf of clients who deal in a wide variety of products and services. Founded in 1917, Brinks is based in Chicago and has five additional offices across the country.