Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is one of the largest IP law firms in the United States and is at the cutting edge of IP law. With more than 140 attorneys, supported by a full complement of scientific advisers, patent agents and paralegals, the firm specialises in IP litigation and all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, intellectual asset management and technology and licensing agreements. The firm is repeatedly ranked by Chambers & Partners and other legal directories as the number one IP firm in Chicago and the Midwest. US News & World Report named Brinks one of the Best Law Firms - National for IP law in its inaugural law firm survey in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named Brinks Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year – Midwest and Trademark Firm of the Year (Contentious) – Midwest.
Brinks represents many Fortune 1000 companies from a variety of industries, including aerospace, agriculture, automotive and transportation, aviation, beverage, biotechnology, chemicals, colleges and universities, computer and construction, software and hardware, consumer goods, electrical and electronics, energy, engineering, entertainment and media, internet/e-commerce, food, forestry and paper products, furniture and home furnishings, general merchandise, government, healthcare, household and personal products, industrial and farm equipment, life sciences, manufacturing, medical and medical devices, mechanical, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, retail, semiconductor, sports, technology, telecommunications, textiles, tobacco and utilities.
Brinks’s patent lawyers have experience prosecuting patents in every major technical field and help clients to obtain and license patents, enforce them against infringers and defend against charges of infringement.
Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named Brinks Patent Litigation Firm of the Year for the Midwest Region and one of the Top 5 Patent Litigation Firms in the United States. Legal 500 named Brinks a Top Law Firm for Patent Prosecution in Utility and Design from 2009 to the present.
Trademarks and unfair competition
Brinks performs a full range of trademarkrelated services in the United States and abroad, including registering, enforcing, opposing and defending trademark rights. Brinks represents victims and alleged infringers in the resolution of unfair competition disputes involving design and trade dress infringement, counterfeit products, dilution, unfair trade practices, trade secret misappropriation and rights of publicity. The firm was named a Top 5 Trademark Practice by IP Today magazine in 2012.
Brinks protects the copyrights of its clients on issues involving the Internet, multinational transactions, licensing or work-for-hire agreements. The firm assists clients in registering domestic and foreign copyrights in many fields, including publishing, sound recordings, visual arts, television and motion pictures, theatre and dance, databases, software, video games, multimedia and the Internet.
Brinks has earned a nationwide reputation for litigation, with a long history of winning jury verdicts, leveraging a thorough knowledge of technology, mastering the nuances of the law and effectively communicating with clients. We represent clients at all levels of the judicial system and guide them through alternative means to resolve important disputes. Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named Brinks Patent Litigation Firm of the Year - Midwest and one of the Top 5 Patent Litigation Firms in the United States. Brinks was also named among the Busiest Patent Litigation Firms in the United States in 2011 by Corporate Counsel’s Patent Litigation Survey.
International Trade Commission
The Brinks International Trade Commission (ITC) group represents a vast array of clients before the US ITC. With the globalisation of corporations, new technologies and increasing competition worldwide, rights holders are increasingly turning to the ITC for its accelerated procedures and powerful remedies. Recognising that ITC proceedings are complex and specialised, the Brinks ITC group uses a team approach to offer clients a unique combination of legal and technical expertise. Under the leadership of Laura Beth Miller, the group has grown to include former ITC Administrative Law Judge Carl Charneski, as well as experienced ITC lawyers Lyle Vander Schaaf and Jay Reiziss. The group regularly speaks and writes on ITC-related topics.
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