Brinks Gilson & Lione

Brinks Gilson & Lione is one of the largest 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 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 and Partners and other legal directories as a top IP firm in Chicago and the Midwest. US News & World Report has named Brinks one of the Best Law Firms – National for IP law in its law firm surveys for nine years in a row, including in its latest 2019 guide.

Industries represented

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

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, the USPTO TTAB and abroad.

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

Brinks’s 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’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. BTI Consulting Group named Brinks as one of only two law firms in the United States recognised in the Fortune 1000 for routine and complex patent work in its 2015 Intellectual Property Outlook. Brinks was also named by BTI Consulting Group to the Honour Roll of Value Driving Firms in its Brand Elite 2017 Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms survey.


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 registering domestic and foreign copyrights in many fields, including publishing, sound recordings, visual arts, television and motion pictures, and the Internet.


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). Although the new proceedings have only been available for a few years, Brinks has jumped to the forefront of IP rights and covered business method patents, having been involved in nearly 100 cases before the PTAB and several subsequent appeals to the Federal Circuit.

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.

Contact details

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

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Ann Arbor
  • Indianapolis
  • Research Triangle Park
  • Salt Lake City
  • Shenzhen
  • Tampa
  • Washington DC

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