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February 8, 2011
Jennifer Harris

Brinks Attorneys Author Chapter in Aspatore Special Report on Mobile Phone Patents

CHICAGO Timothy Q. Delaney and Janet A. Pioli, attorneys in the Chicago office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, recently co-authored a chapter in Navigating Recent Mobile Patent Lawsuits: An Immediate Look at the Impact of Smartphone Technology on Patent Cases, an Aspatore Special Report published in January 2011.

Delaney and Pioli's chapter, titled “Smartphone Patent Wars: It’s the Operating System,” discusses the increase in legal actions filed in recent years in the smartphone sector and offers a chronology of major patent litigation that has occurred in the ongoing battle for dominance among operating systems in the mobile phone industry. The chapter also notes the increase in complaints filed before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and how this shift raises the stakes, and may alter, licensing agreements and the future of patent litigation in the mobile phone industry.

Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business, is the largest and most exclusive publisher of books authored by C-Level executives from the world’s most respected companies and law firms. Aspatore's C-Level Business Intelligence is a line of business and legal books written by leading executives and lawyers, and provides professionals with principals and insights that have an impact on their business objectives.

Timothy Delaney is the former chair of the Litigation Group at Brinks and has extensive experience in patent, trade secret, unfair competition and breach of contract matters. He has litigated in a broad range of technical fields, including electronics, electro-mechanical devices, magnetism, computer hardware, Internet, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, automotive components, metallurgy and athletic footwear. His experience has included bench and jury trials, appellate practice and various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration. Mr. Delaney joined Brinks in 1988 after graduating with honors from The George Washington University Law School.

Janet Pioli’s practice encompasses patent clearance and due diligence, patent prosecution supervision, litigation and appeals, in industries including medical devices and systems, automobile and personal navigation systems, loudspeaker systems, automotive transmission systems, medical devices and systems, medical diagnostic devices, factory floor automation, personal care products, green technology; and advertising review and clearance. Her practice also includes pro bono appeals to obtain disability benefits for U.S. veterans. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics, including patent law and advertising law. Ms. Pioli is vice-president of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and an officer of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. She earned her J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law.

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 150 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, including its newest office in Washington D.C. More information is available at