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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Brinks In Top Tier of IP Law Firms Nationwide
November 05, 2012

CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione has again been ranked a top-tier law firm in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers® ranking of the 'Best Law Firms.” Brinks is ranked in Tier 1, the highest level, in the national categories of patent law and trademark law. The firm is ranked in Tier 2 in litigation - intellectual property and in litigation - patent.

In the metropolitan rankings, encompassing 170 major U.S. markets in eight states, the firm's Chicago office is ranked Tier 1 in litigation - intellectual property, in litigation - patent, in patent law and in trademark law, and its Ann Arbor office is ranked Tier 1 in patent law. Brinks’ Ann Arbor office also is listed in Tier 2 in litigation – intellectual property and in trademark law.

Brinks’ office in Research Triangle Park, NC, is listed in Tier 2 in patent law, and in Tier 3 in biotechnology law.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on a national survey of law firm clients, managers, attorneys, associates, and marketing and recruitment staff. Presented in tiers, they showcase more than 10,000 law firms ranked nationally or by metropolitan region. Firms were ranked nationally in one or more of 80 legal practice areas and by metropolis or state in 118 practice areas.

Firms are ranked by clients on the basis of their expertise, responsiveness, understanding of the client's business, cost-effectiveness, civility and likelihood of receiving a client referral. Outside lawyers rank the firms on the basis of their expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm and whether they consider a firm to be a worthy competitor.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 140 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor and Indianapolis. More information is available at