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"Look No Further Than Brinks," Say Editors at IAM, Firm Receives High Recognition in IAM Patent 1000, 13 Attorneys Named Stars
June 16, 2014

CHICAGO— Each year, Intellectual Asset Management magazine's IAM Patent 1000The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners spotlights best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners and firms, and this year intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione has again received high recognition, distinguished as Recommended in Illinois for patent prosecution and transactions, placing in the Silver Band in Illinois for patent litigation, and placing in the Silver Band in Michigan and North Carolina for patent firms.

Brinks, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, also placed in the Bronze Band in the Washington, D.C. metro area for patent litigation, and for the first time was recognized in the Bronze Band in Utah for patent firms. Says IAM, now in its third edition: 'Companies seeking a group of smart, down-to-earth attorneys with a strong … work ethic need look no further than Brinks Gilson & Lione.'

IAM notes that Brinks does a great job maintaining the utmost standards in both patent prosecution and patent litigation. The editors add that with its skill mix, the firm is ideally suited to post-grant work and report that Brinks finds itself in high demand in the environment post-America Invents Act. The publication cites the firm's mastery of the electrical arts and its recruitment of marquee names from the International Trade Commission (ITC) as foundations of its 'muscular Section 337 practice,' and notes that medical device and biopharmaceutical litigation are also strongholds for the contentious division.

The IAM Patent 1000 also featured 13 individual Brinks attorneys identified by market sources for their exceptional skill sets and profound insights into patent matters. In Chicago, the publication singled out Brinks president James R. Sobieraj, and his colleagues and fellow shareholders William H. Frankel, Ralph J. Gabric, Joseph F. Hetz, Laura Beth Miller, Gary M. Ropski and Andrew D. Stover. IAM also named Carl C. Charneski from Brinks' Washington, D.C. office; Kelly K. Burris from the firm's Detroit office; Steven L. Oberholtzer from its Ann Arbor office; Allen R. Baum from its office in Research Triangle Park, N.C.; and Ryan L. Marshall and Steven P. Shurtz from its office in Salt Lake City.

Published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), the IAM Patent 1000 seeks to produce the definitive list of the world’s leading patent experts on the basis of feedback received from over 1,500 telephone interviews with attorneys and in-house counsel. Firms qualify for a listing on the basis of their depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically engaged.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 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. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at