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Brinks Gilson & Lione Praised for Technical Knowledge and Client Service in IAM Patent 1000
12 Individual Attorneys Also Recognized
July 06, 2015

CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson and Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has again achieved recognition in the IAM Patent 1000 2015—The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, Intellectual Asset Management magazine's guide to leading private practice patent professionals and firms. 

The IAM Patent 1000 seeks to produce the definitive list of best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing, and litigation practitioners nationwide based on feedback it receives from clients and peers. Brinks’ attorneys stood out in each of those areas. As one source explained, 'The depth of its technical knowledge and devotion to the client sets [Brinks] apart. Its lawyers also go the extra mile to learn about the business strategies and products of the companies they represent.' 
Brinks' Washington office was recognized as “a key player” in a “crucial forum” for clients—the U.S. International Trade Commission, while the firm's Chicago office was recognized in the areas of litigation, prosecution and transactions. The firm’s offices in Michigan, North Carolina, and Utah rounded out the list based on their patent expertise.
The publication also featured 12 individual Brinks attorneys on the basis of their exceptional skill sets and insights into patent matters, singling out Brinks president James R. Sobieraj for fostering a collaborative ethos at the firm, acknowledging patent prosecutor Andrew Stover for his “superb knowledge of patent law and practical approach to counseling,” describing Steve Oberholtzer, managing partner of the firm's Ann Arbor, Mich. office, as a “creative problem-solver,” and crediting litigator Laura Beth Miller with increasing Brinks' visibility and success at the ITC. IAM also named Chicago-based shareholders William H. Frankel, Ralph J. Gabric, Joseph F. Hetz, and Gary M. Ropski; Carl C. Charneski in Washington; Kelly K. Burris in Detroit; Allen R. Baum in Research Triangle Park, N.C.; and Ryan L. Marshall in Salt Lake City.
More information about the IAM Patent 1000 2015 is at
Brinks Gilson & Lione
The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property.  Brinks is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks lawyers provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. More information is at