Henry L. Brinks
Henry Brinks is a true elder statesman of intellectual property litigation. In more than 50 years of practice he has amassed an enviable record that includes major victories in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals as well as numerous district courts. Henry is also a persuasive advocate before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where his experience as an examiner helps him make compelling arguments on behalf of clients.  

Although he has a long and successful career to look back on, Henry personifies the Brinks Gilson & Lione motto of thinking forward. He identifies closely with his clients and is able to anticipate their concerns in litigation and business planning. A 360-degree thinker, Henry is often able to identify new inventions, product lines and even trademarks that need intellectual property protection. 

Henry is an effective champion for his clients, and his relationships with them often last for decades. He has repeatedly been recognized for excellence in publications including The Best Lawyers in America.

  • J.D.,
    The George Washington University Law School, 1951
  • B.A., Chemistry
    Wheaton College, 1948
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Dist. of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Columbia
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Technical Background
  • Biopharma
Experience | Overview
  • Henry secured some of the first patents for the use of anti-skid devices in aircraft braking systems, similar to those still in use today.
  • For more than 30 years, Henry defended a Fortune 500 consumer products company’s patents against challenges from powerful competitors, both in federal court and the Patent Office.
  • Henry helped a small oil-industry business grow its portfolio from a handful of patents into a multibillion dollar asset.
  • In the biotech industry, Henry secured the first patent for transgenic corn by winning a dispute with a foreign firm that claimed to hold prior rights in an earlier filed patent application. The patent became the basis for many other types of genetically-modified food products.
  • Henry has a deep understanding of patent law and litigation outside the United States. He is experienced in working with legal systems and business cultures throughout Europe.
Forward Thinking
in the media
June 10, 2014
On June 9, 2014, Henry Brinks’ 60-year career was profiled in an article entitled, “After 60 years, still a 24/7 patent lawyer” in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Click here to read the article.
Press Releases & Events
June 06, 2017

CHICAGO—Best Lawyers, a widely-respected peer review publication for the legal profession, recently recognized eleven attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione in its 2017 edition of Illinois’ Best Lawyers...

August 15, 2016

CHICAGO—Fifteen attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United  ...

August 17, 2015
CHICAGO—Thirteen attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, were recently listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.  Eleven of the honored attorneys are based in ...
October 23, 2014
CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione and the firm's past president, has been named the #1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, and fifty-nine ...
August 19, 2014
CHICAGO—Sixteen shareholders at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. Thirteen of the ...
October 05, 2012
CHICAGO – Eighteen attorneys from intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named as leaders in intellectual property law in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review ...
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2007, 2008, 2010-2017
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2014, 2015
  • Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Experts, 2005
  • American Intellectual Patent Law Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago Board of Directors
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association Board of Directors, 1986-1989
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
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