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Ann Arbor Attorneys Oberholtzer and Sosenko Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for 2013
Ann Arbor office also receives metropolitan first-tier patent law ranking
November 01, 2012

ANN ARBOR – Steven L. Oberholtzer and Eric J. Sosenko, shareholders in the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have been recognized by their peers as leading lawyers in their field by The Best Lawyers® in America for 2013. Additionally, Brinks received a national first-tier ranking in patent law and trademark law, while the Ann Arbor office received a metropolitan first-tier ranking in patent law. The firm’s rankings appear in the current online issue of U.S. News and World Report.

Steve Oberholtzer is the Managing Partner of the Ann Arbor office and was listed in the specialty area of patent law. His practice focuses on patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. He also has experience in United States Patent and Trademark Office administrative proceedings including interferences, re-examinations, re-issues, trademark oppositions and patent application preparation and prosecution.
Mr. Oberholtzer has extensive experience with the intellectual property legal issues of the automotive industry. He has a lifelong interest in the industry and products, and was previously employed as a senior project engineer with a domestic OEM manufacturer and as in-house patent counsel for a Tier 1 supplier. In private practice, Mr. Oberholtzer has acted as primary outside counsel for a number of Tier 1 and lower tier supplier engagements that include worldwide responsibility for all intellectual property issues and management of teams of attorneys handling all facets of these matters.

Mr. Oberholtzer is the principal author of a primer on intellectual property entitled, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, formerly known as the General Motors Institute, and received his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a member of the Technology Transfer Society and the Licensing Executives Society.

Eric Sosenko was listed in his specialty areas of patent law and trademark law as well as intellectual property litigation. His intellectual property law practice focuses on the procurement, enforcement and licensing of patents and trademarks in all industrial fields, including the mechanical, electro-mechanical, medical and material arts. He counsels on the strategic implementation and management of domestic and international intellectual property portfolios for various multinational clients and deals with a wide range of intellectual property issues. In addition to his U.S. practice,

Mr. Sosenko has an extensive international practice with significant experience in international protection, both directly with all major foreign intellectual property offices and under various multinational treaties, including the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and has presented at seminars in both China and Japan.

Mr. Sosenko received his J.D. and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Washtenaw County Bar Association and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. Mr. Sosenko is also Secretary/Treasurer and council member for the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and serves as the chairperson of Brinks’ Patent Reform Committee. He is a resident of Green Oak Township.

Best Lawyers® peer-reviewed listings are published in almost 70 countries around the world. The nineteenth edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2013) includes 50,178 attorneys in 128 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Learn more at

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 140 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 bachelors and advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. In addition to Ann Arbor, Brinks has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at

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