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Ann Arbor Attorneys Spink and Lingl Publish Article on Intellectual Property in Mergers and Acquisitions
June 8, 2012

ANN ARBORMichael N. Spink and John A. Lingl, attorneys in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have co-authored an article in the June 2012 issue of The Corporate Counselor entitled, “Intellectual Property in M&A Transactions: Don’t Overlook It. “

The Corporate Counselor is a legal publication targeted to in-house counsel of FORTUNE 500 companies and other large businesses. Lingl and Spink’s article focuses on the need for corporate counsel to be aware of the intellectual property implications of every M&A transaction and to adopt a formal approach to identifying those assets and performing IP due diligence. The article can be viewed at

At Brinks, Mr. Spink's intellectual property law practice focuses on all aspects of client counseling, including procurement, licensing and opinions on patents, trademarks and copyrights. He chairs the firm’s Intellectual Asset Management group and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) with extensive experience in complex transactions involving intellectual property, including due diligence, disposition, valuation and bankruptcy. Mr. Lingl focuses his practice of intellectual property law on patent, copyright and trademark litigation and prosecuting both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous technological areas.

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. Brinks has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor and Indianapolis. More information is available at