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Managing IP Names Fourteen Brinks Attorneys to 2014 IP Stars, Recommends Firm's Illinois, Michigan and North Carolina Offices
June 03, 2014

CHICAGO—Fourteen attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to appear in its second edition of IP Stars for 2014.

Brinks attorneys named include firm president James R. Sobieraj, and his Chicago office colleagues William H. Frankel, Bradley G. Lane, Scott J. Slavick, Mary M. Squyres and Andrew D. Stover. Shareholders Carl C. Charneski, Jay H. Reiziss, and Lyle Vander Schaaf from Brinks' Washington, D.C. office were also named to the list, as were Lawrence G. Almeda, Joshua E. Ney, Ph.D., Steven L. Oberholtzer, and Eric J. Sosenko from Brinks’ Ann Arbor, Mich. office; and Allen R. Baum, from the firm’s office in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

IP Stars also designated Brinks' Illinois and Michigan offices as 'Highly Recommended' and its North Carolina office as 'Recommended,' and recognized the firm for its work in the Copyright, Patent Contentious, Patent Prosecution, Trademark Contentious, and Trademark Prosecution categories. The publication noted Brinks' strong reputation for expertise in litigation, patent prosecution, and licensing, and called out its well-known trademark practice, which covers both enforcement and non-contentious work involving search and clearance, prosecution and licensing.

Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest IP law firms in the United States, specializes in serving clients in the scientific research and technology sectors, including recent clients R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Honda, Maersk Drilling, Kimberly-Clark, and ConvaTec. In its analysis, IP Stars quoted a Brinks client who noted, 'Brinks Gilson & Lione has a tough, analytical approach to litigation that is fact-based but does not overlook the behavior and perception issues that are naturally part of jury trial work in the U.S.'

The Brinks team includes attorneys, scientific advisors, and patent agents who hold advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science, and provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. Another client, singling out firm president Jim Sobieraj, stated, 'There has been a long list of people on the client service team that reflect his values, drive and intelligence.'

Managing Intellectual Property conducted over 1,000 interviews and surveys with industry clients and peers to identify its list of the leading IP attorneys in the United States, and to provide insight into the complex U.S. IP legal market for in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies.

IP Stars is distributed to Managing Intellectual Property's 11,800 international readers as a one-stop reference guide for in-house counsel and private-practice lawyers. The magazine is a leading source of news and analysis on intellectual property developments worldwide, and is part of the Euromoney Legal Media Group. More information is at

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.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at