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January 3, 2012
Jennifer Harris

James R. Sobieraj Assumes Presidency of Brinks Gilson & Lione

CHICAGO – James R. Sobieraj, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione with 30 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, has been selected to become the firm's president, effective January 1, 2012.

"It is a privilege to have been elected by my colleagues as president of Brinks, one of the country's largest and most accomplished intellectual property law firms," said Mr. Sobieraj. "Brinks has a history of staunch advocacy for our clients, and I will continue to uphold our commitment to providing high quality intellectual property legal services and successful work on our clients' behalf."

“In today's global business environment, technological innovation and intellectual property are important drivers of company value," noted Mr. Sobieraj. "The expertise of Brinks' intellectual property attorneys in the sciences, engineering, and a wide range of technologies helps us to identify and protect our clients' intellectual property, manage their intellectual asset portfolios, and enforce and defend their IP rights."

An attorney at Brinks since 1982, Mr. Sobieraj has extensive experience in counseling clients and litigating intellectual property cases before juries, judges and arbitrators, representing companies with a variety of innovative technologies. He has been lead counsel in numerous lawsuits involving patent infringement, ownership of patent rights, license disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, fraud, antitrust, breach of contract and other commercial disputes.

Mr. Sobieraj is a past president of the Licensing Executives Society (LES USA & Canada), and currently serves as treasurer to the board of directors of the Licensing Executives Society International. He also has served as president of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and on the board of directors for the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Mr. Sobieraj is a founding member of the IP Hall of Fame Academy, and the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Sobieraj is the president of the St. Edward’s Church parish council in Mendon, Michigan, and is a member of the Union League Club of Chicago.

Mr. Sobieraj earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and holds a B.S. magna cum laude in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
One of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, Brinks Gilson & Lione provides legal expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and trade secrets law. Its lawyers have appeared in cases before numerous federal and state courts, as well as the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Supreme Court. With more than 140 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, Brinks specializes in serving global clients engaged in the research sciences, engineering and technology, helping them to identify and protect their intellectual property, to manage intellectual asset portfolios, and to enforce and defend their IP rights. Brinks' team includes lawyers with business experience in specific industry sectors and with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science.

Brinks has its headquarters in Chicago, and offices in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor and Indianapolis. More information is available at

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