Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler
Shareholder

With many years of international in-house patent prosecution experience, Linda Nattler knows how important it is to view patent applications in the context of a client’s business and technology. In the automotive supplier industry, Linda learned to be conscientious of costs and to focus on value.

While working in Europe, Linda was admitted to practice before the European Patent Office and thus has a truly international perspective.  The knowledge of different standards applied by different patent offices helps her draft patent applications that withstand international as well as domestic challenges. At Brinks, Linda shares her knowledge with other attorneys to optimize the chances of patent grants on an international scale.

Linda’s German clients appreciate that she is a native speaker of German.  A quick phone call can resolve many issues instantly when no translation is necessary. Her European experience helps enable her to identify between issues that need further explanation and those that the clients are familiar with from their own experience.

As a patent prosecutor, Linda perceives every patent grant like the graduation of one of her children.  A patent grant is not the end, but the beginning of a patent’s career that can span 20 years from the filing date.  In view of the many potential challenges over the course of a patent’s life and in view of fast-paced changes in technology, it is not enough to obtain patentable claims.  It is important to carve out a meaningful scope that is valid, enforceable and takes into account current and future developments in technology.

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude
    Thomas Cooley Law School, 2010
  • University Diploma, Physics
    Universität Bayreuth, 1989
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Languages
  • German
Experience | Legal

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Ann Arbor, MI
Shareholder, January 2017 - Present
Associate, November 2010 - December 2017

Experience | Non-Legal

Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI
Manager N.A. Patents & Licenses, October 1998 – November 2010

ITT Automotive, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI
Patent Engineer, December 1996 – September 1998

ITT Automotive Europe GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
Patent Engineer, April 1990 – November 1996

Presentations
  • "Understanding Patent Applications and Methods for Best Approaches in Europe and the U.S.," Presenter, Brinks Webinar, March 29, 2017
  • "Drafting Patent Applications that Comply with European Disclosure Requirements," Presenter, Wayne State University Law School, November 3, 2016
  • "European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court," Presenter, Illinois Paralegal Association, Chicago, Illinois, August 25, 2016
  • "Options of Challenging Competitors' Patents before the USPTO," Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, October 23, 2013
Press Releases & Events
September 27, 2018

Ann Arbor, Mich. --- Linda Nattler and Jennifer Theis, intellectual property attorneys in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., served as panelists at the Intellectual Property Essentials event at the Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College on September 27, 2018....

August 02, 2018

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been included in the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law class of 2018...

February 15, 2018

Ann Arbor, Mich.—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announced that six shareholders from the Ann Arbor office have been named firm-wide chairpersons of the firm’s legal and industry practice groups and internal committees for 2018...

March 29, 2017

For patent applications, the disclosure requirements differ among various countries. Two of the most important ...

March 01, 2017

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Linda Nattler, a shareholder with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will explain how the United States and Europe scrutinize parts of the patent disclosure differently and discuss ways to approach these distinctions in a webinar to be held on Wednesday, March 29...

October 19, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Linda Nattler, an IP attorney with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest...

August 23, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Linda Nattler, an IP attorney with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one ...

August 23, 2016

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

August 23, 2016

On August 23, at 12:00 PM (CST) Craig Buschmann and Linda Nattler will be speaking at ...

July 01, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Linda Nattler, an IP attorney with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., conducted...

Honors
  • Named, Women in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2018 (PDF interview)
  • Managing Associate Editor, Senior Associate Editor, and Associate Editor; Thomas M. Cooley Law Review.
  • John D. Voelker Award 2009 for the Senior Associate Editor who has made the most significant contribution to the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review
  • 100% Honor Scholarship, Dean's List, and Honor Roll every term at Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Affiliations
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Vereinigung von Fachleuten des Gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes (VPP)