“We are delighted to welcome our newest partner to the firm,” said Brinks president Gary M. Ropski. “His legal and business insights in the international trade area will significantly add to the depth of services we can offer our clients.”
ITC Practice Chair Laura Beth Miller added that “we have worked closely with Lyle on a variety of ITC and customs matters and have great respect for his many talents.” Vander Schaaf has been listed in Euromoney PLC's Expert Guides: The World's Leading International Trade Lawyers. An international trade attorney with a focus on intellectual property, Lyle Vander Schaaf practices before the ITC, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and U.S. Customs offices, and represents clients in trade litigation before the U.S. federal courts and NAFTA panels. He has participated in a number of World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel proceedings and counsels clients on free trade agreements and regional trade issues.
Vander Schaaf served in the Office of General Counsel of the ITC, as well as in the Office of then-Chairman Peter S. Watson. He managed a variety of patent and trademark-based Section 337 investigations, including drafting opinions and advising Commissioners in their decisions under Section 337. He also led a number of anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, and handled various GATT and WTO trade matters. Prior to joining Brinks, Vander Schaaf was a partner at Bryan Cave LLP, where he led the ITC practice.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Brinks team," said Vander Schaaf. "Together, we offer domestic and international clients a wealth of resources and a depth of IP and trade experience which allows us to serve them more efficiently."
At Brinks, he will continue to appear before the ITC in Section 337 investigations related to unfair competition. He also will assist clients with anti-dumping and countervailing duty disputes, and safeguards investigations under the WTO, as well as customs issues. According to D.C. Managing Partner Thomas L. Holt, “we opened our D.C. office with the vision of providing our clients with expanded ITC, international trade and unfair competition services. Lyle adds a depth of practice to our D.C. office in each of these areas that will directly benefit our clients.”
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 secret, 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.