Brinks Gilson & Lione

Brinks Gilson & Lione is one of the largest and most prominent IP law firms in the United States and is at the cutting edge of IP law. Its attorneys, scientific advisers, patent agents and paralegals focus on all aspects of trademark, unfair competition, copyright, trade secret, patent, IP litigation, intellectual asset management, as well as technology and licensing agreements. Brinks’ brand protection team is well-known for representing industry-leading brands across a wide variety of industries, including Fortune 100 companies and famous global brands. The firm is repeatedly ranked by World Trademark Review, Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and other legal directories as a top IP firm in the United States, and specifically in Chicago.

Industries represented

Brinks represents companies of all sizes and across many industries, including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, biotechnology, chemical, computer software and hardware, construction, consumer goods and appliances, electrical and electronics, energy, engineering, entertainment and media, food and beverages, internet and e-commerce, healthcare, higher education, life sciences, manufacturing, medical and medical devices, mechanical, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors and telecommunications and waste disposal.

Trademarks and unfair competition

Brinks performs a full range of trademark-related services, including registering, enforcing and defending trademark rights. Brinks represents clients in resolving unfair competition disputes that involve design and trade dress infringement, counterfeit products, dilution, unfair trade practices, trade secret misappropriation and rights of publicity.

With one of the largest groups of attorneys focusing on trademark law in the country, Brinks represents clients in US district courts, courts of appeal and the USPTO TTAB, as well as abroad.

Several of Brinks’ trademark attorneys have authored prominent and leading articles and treatises relating to trademark law, including trademark litigation, TTAB practice, international trademark practice, corporate compliance and the 10-volume Gilson on Trademarks, which has been cited in more than 350 US court decisions.

Brinks’ trademark attorneys are also active in related organisations, including INTA, where one of its attorneys served as INTA counsel (the highest position available to outside counsel) from 2014 to 2015 and was awarded the INTA President’s Award in 2016.


Brinks protects the copyrights of its clients on issues involving the Internet, multinational transactions, licensing and work-for-hire agreements. The firm assists clients in protecting domestic and foreign copyrights in many fields, including publishing, sound recordings, the Internet, visual arts, television and motion pictures.


Brinks has earned an esteemed nationwide reputation for its litigation practice. With a long history of winning jury verdicts, leveraging its thorough knowledge of technology, mastering the nuances of the law and effectively communicating with clients, Brinks represents clients at all levels of the judicial system and guides them through alternative means to resolve important disputes. As part of its full-service litigation practice, Brinks has been focused on post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). It has jumped to the forefront of IP rights and covered business method patents, having been involved in more than 100 cases before the PTAB and several subsequent appeals to the Federal Circuit.


Brinks’ 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. Our patent lawyers prosecute patent matters from the earliest stages in the research process through to grant, extension and enforcement. Our knowledge and experience allow us to help clients realise the value of their research and development efforts.

Our patent lawyers and agents have extensive industry experience and academic credentials, many having advanced degrees including doctoral degrees in a wide range of technologies.

International Trade Commission

The Brinks International Trade Commission (ITC) practice 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 skills and technical prowess. This dedicated team of attorneys often handles ITC proceedings in tandem with parallel proceedings in federal court. The team also has a deep understanding of US customs procedures, including specific IP and Section 337 issues. This is important because Customs and Border Protection is responsible for enforcing ITC and Section 337 exclusion orders, and we have an extensive record helping clients with those issues.

Contact details

Brinks Gilson & Lione
NBC Tower Suite 3600
455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago IL 60611-5599
United States

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Durham NC
  • Indianapolis
  • Shenzhen
  • Washington DC

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