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August 14, 2006
Sydney Iglitzen

Laura Beth Miller Named Chair of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione's International Trade Commission Group

CHICAGO - Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., is pleased to announce that Laura Beth Miller has been named Chair of the firm's International Trade Commission (ITC) Group. The ITC group represents clients in section 337 proceedings before the International Trade Commission. That section provides protection against unfair trade practices involving patent, trademark and copyright infringement.

"We are pleased that Laura is heading this group," said Gary M. Ropski, president of Brinks. "Given her talent, leadership abilities and the scope of her experience in this area, we are confident that our ITC Group will continue to provide exceptional service to our clients involved in ITC proceedings."

Ms. Miller is a skilled litigator with experience in intellectual property law and commercial litigation, including antitrust, contract, product liability, RICO actions and bankruptcy law. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her law degree from The College of William and Mary, Marshall Wythe School of Law. She has been recognized as one of Illinois' leading intellectual property lawyers by Chambers USA for the past three years and as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" in intellectual property litigation for the past two years. She is an Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois.

"I have focused on this area of law throughout my career and I'm honored by this appointment," said Ms. Miller. "My goal as chair of the ITC Group is to play a central role in the growth of the group and to continue protecting our clients' interests in ITC proceedings."

Notably, in January 2006, Ms. Miller and several members of the ITC Group, including Gary Ropski, Thomas J. Filarski, Charles M. McMahon, Raymond R. Ricordati and Timothy J. Le Duc, won a landmark ruling in a Section 337 enforcement proceeding on behalf of their clients, ZF Friedrichshafen AG and ArvinMeritor, Inc., distributors of the FreedomLine™ heavy duty truck transmission systems. The complainant had sought penalties in excess of $40 million, all of which were denied. This is believed to be the first time in the 75-year history of the ITC's Section 337 investigations that an administrative law judge has ruled for a respondent in an enforcement proceeding.

In another recent case, Brinks attorneys obtained a limited exclusion order for a patent owner, Flexsys America L.P. At issue were patents covering a process for preparing chemicals and intermediate compounds used in the manufacture of rubber products that prevent premature degradation of the rubber from exposure to sun, heat, ozone and other environmental factors. Brinks successfully defended against invalidity and unenforceability defenses, while proving a case for infringement.

Brinks attorneys also successfully defended their client in a temporary exclusion proceeding before the ITC. The ITC complaint alleged that the respondent had infringed a patent for home vacuum sealers. Following a multi-day evidentiary hearing, the administrative law judge rejected the complainant's request for a temporary exclusion order.

For further information about Brinks' ITC Group, contact Laura Beth Miller at (312) 321-4715 or

Founded in 1917, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is based in Chicago with four other offices across the country serving the intellectual property needs of clients from around the world. The firm is one of the largest IP law firms in the country, with more than 150 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents specializing in intellectual property litigation and all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, intellectual asset management, and technology and licensing agreements. Brinks routinely handles assignments in fields as diverse as electrical, chemical, mechanical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, nanotechnology, Internet and computer technology, as well as in trademarks or brand names for a wide variety of products and services.