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Licensing

In today’s global economy, where products and inventions are competing in an already crowded marketplace.

Effective management and licensing of intellectual property is vital to the success of the business that invents or creates a product, to the designers who develop the product’s appearance, as well as the producers of the packaging and marketing literature to go with the product.  

However, understanding and navigating complex licensing laws in strategically protecting IP rights can be daunting, and even sometimes confusing.   But it doesn’t have to be.

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys possess the in-house experience and are adept in assisting clients protect and commercialize their intellectual property assets.  We effectively negotiate and draft licenses and technology transfer agreements that maximize the value of our clients’ patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.  Our licensing activities also cover the entire range of domestic and international trademark licensing, including word marks, logos, domain names, product configurations, trademark holding companies, and indemnification for infringement and product liability claims.

We help our clients maximize the competitive advantages of intellectual property rights through licensing and commercialization. We are successful by partnering with our clients to thoroughly understand their business and structure contractual arrangements that fit within company objectives, thus enhancing and protecting their IP interests.

Showing our clients how to avoid traps that threaten their business is our way forward.

Forward Thinking
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On April 7, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced its PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative...

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On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 6-2 ruling in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., et al., holding the decorative elements on Varsity Brands’ cheerleading uniforms were conceptually separable two-dimensional graphic works, and therefore eligible for copyright protection...

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On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States held in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC that laches cannot be used as a defense against damages for patent infringement where the infringement occurred within the six year period prescribed by 35 U.S.C. § 286...

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The maker of “My Other Bag” tote bags received its hoped-for holiday gift in late December ...

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As part of its annual “Special 301” identification and review of countries that deny adequate and...

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In its recent In re: Nuvasive, Inc. decision, the Federal Circuit on November 9, 2016 ...

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On October 6th, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a greatly anticipated study, the subject ..

 

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CHICAGO—Patent attorney Fei Hu, most recently senior legal counsel for processing chipmaker ARM Ltd., is joining intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione in Washington DC.

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ANN ARBOR—Michael N. Spink, an intellectual property attorney and shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of...

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Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit held a software-based patent to be eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in...

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In recent months, the Ninth Circuit and Fourth Circuit have issued important rulings about how the Lanham Act, ...

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For nearly a century, U.S. federal courts have struggled with the “metaphysical quandary” involved in determining ...

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CHICAGO—Craig Buschmann and Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler, attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson...

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On July 25, 2016, the Federal Circuit, in In re Magnum Oil Tools Int’l, reversed the final decision of an inter partes ...

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On June 21, 2016, the Federal Circuit, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., held that a patent application filed as a continuation of an earlier application on the issue date of the earlier application has been “filed before the patenting” of the earlier application, and therefore is entitled to the earlier application’s filing date under 35 U.S.C. § 120...

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Brinks Gilson & Lione President James Sobieraj opened the 2016 Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) ...

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The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently designated as precedential its prior decisions in LG Electronics ...

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ANN ARBOR – According to Michael N. Spink, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., the news this summer that Ford Motor Company was charged with theft ...
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Standard essential patents (“SEPs”) cover technology that is required to comply with interoperability standards, such as the 802.11 Wi-Fi standard and the LTE telecommunications standard. Given the “essential” nature of these ...
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CHICAGO—James R. Sobieraj, president of intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, was recently elected president of the board of directors for the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), a non-profit professional ...
in the media
On March 23, 2015 Brinks was mentioned in the Law360 article, 'Law360 Reveals Largest IP Boutiques.' Click here to read more.
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Brinks was mentioned in the Law360 article, '12 Firms Are The Full IP Package, In-House Counsel Say,' on July 6, 2014. Twelve firms were chosen based on corporate counsel surveyed in the new Intellectual Property Outlook report ...
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On January 22, 2014, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled in Medtronic, Inc. v. Mirowski Family Ventures, LLC, No. 12-1128, that a licensor bears the burden of persuasion on the issue of patent claim coverage over products that the licensor asserts fall ...
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On June 20, Carl C. Charneski will be speaking at the San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association June 2013 Dinner meeting in San Diego, CA. 
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On June 18, Robert K. Fergan and Linda Nattler will be participating in 20 minute one-on-one IP Counseling breakout sessions with attendees during Entrepreneur Connect 2013 on June 18 in Lansing, MI.
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ANN ARBOR ---The Michigan Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) announces its next meeting will be held on Wednesday May 22, 2013 at the Ann Arbor office of intellectual property law firm, Brinks Gilson & Lione. The Licensing ...
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ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Six attorneys from the Michigan offices of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have been named or reappointed to firm-wide Practice Group Chairs within the Firm for ...
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CHICAGO – Thirty-eight attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named in the 2013 Super Lawyers Illinois Edition, in the categories of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Alternate Dispute Resolution ...
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CHICAGO – The 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition has named 24 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione in the categories of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property – Litigation respectively. The following Brinks attorneys are ...
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CHICAGO – Leading Lawyers Network has named 54 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, as 2012 Leading Lawyers in intellectual property in Illinois for 2012. The roster ...
book
Steven L. Oberholtzer penned The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law, a primer published by Brinks Gilson & Lione in 2006. Copies available upon request by clicking here.
publication
The 2003 Annual Meeting of LES (USA & Canada) began with a plenary session featuring the leaders of nine large, successful corporate licensing programs. The panelists represented a cross-section of industries in the United States and Europe: ...
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