James R. Sobieraj
Shareholder
Overview

"Jim Sobieraj is phenomenal; I feel lucky to work with him. He’s highly sought-after and always busy, but he makes time for us no matter what." IP Counsel – Global product marketing company

Jim Sobieraj, elected as president of Brinks by his peers in 2011 and leading the firm since 2012, believes his success for clients derives from being able to capably manage two apparently contradictory traits. “A successful litigator needs to listen and to lead,” he states. “Balancing those two attributes is important to a law firm managing partner as well.”

Jim excels at both. To the benefit of his clients and his fellow partners, he relies on his tenacious competitiveness and his collegiality. "When I'm involved in a patent litigation," he notes, "I'm constantly thinking about how to win—evenings, weekends, while driving—any time. And I don't back down." At the same time, Sobieraj adds, "It's important to develop strong, collegial relationships with clients. In the best relationships, we're fighting hard for them—and winning—but our clients become friends and colleagues."

With more than 33 years of experience in more than 100 IP litigations, Jim has learned how to develop and apply strategies that never lose focus of achieving the client’s business objectives.  That means holding himself to a higher standard for service. And his clients agree.

Says one IP counsel at a global product marketing company, "Jim Sobieraj is phenomenal; I feel lucky to work with him. He’s highly sought-after and always busy, but he makes time for us no matter what. He's terrific.” Notes the IP counsel at a Tier 1 automotive supplier that Sobieraj represented in a jury trial: "Jim and the Brinks' team kicked [opposing counsels'] tail…. The [opposition] was on its heels the entire time… . [I]t was an easy shot to knock them over [at settlement]."

Another client adds, “Jim is a great analyst and he's incredible in motion practice … . He projects so much intellectual integrity that after a while the judges all want to hear from him." Another adds, "Jim deserves particular recognition for his leadership, courtroom presence, and … organizational skills…." Still another applauds his "… extraordinary effort … commitment and passion."

“I wake up every day proud to be both entrusted with leadership of this great firm, and trusted by clients to handle some of their toughest legal challenges with respect to IP,” says Jim. “As I consider how my work best exemplifies the spirit and work ethic of Brinks, an arbitration case comes to mind. There we not only won a $25 million judgment for our client, but also used the rubric of the case to develop a plan for minimizing future litigation over similar claims,which included changing contracts and procedures for protecting the client’s most valuable trade secrets. That to me typifies how Brinks is always looking ahead for our clients.”

Education
  • J.D.
    University of Michigan Law School, 1982
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude
    University of Michigan, 1979
Bar Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Dist. Court, C.D. Illinois
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Colorado
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. Dist. Court, S.D. Indiana
  • U.S. Dist. Court, W.D. Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Court, W.D. Texas
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Technical Background
  • Analog
  • Business Methods
  • Digital
  • Semiconductors
  • Signal Processing
Experience | Overview

Jim has been lead counsel in litigations involving the infringement, validity and ownership of patent rights, license agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, fraud, antitrust, and other commercial litigation. His experience includes bench and jury trials, temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, Markman hearings, appeals, arbitrations and mediations. He has represented companies in a variety of technologies, including in analog and digital electronics, telecommunications equipment, microprocessors, software, electromechanical transducers and control circuits, as well as medical devices, hydraulics, automotive components, Web sites, and various consumer goods.

Jim also advises clients on strategies for building, maintaining, enforcing, defending and commercializing patent portfolios. He works with global clients in the U.S, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and has developed a large network of highly-regarded IP professionals in many countries around the world. He has received many legal industry accolades and awards.

Experience | Legal
Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
President, 2012-Present
President-Elect, 2011
Member, Board of Directors, 1990, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011
Chair of the Litigation Practice Group, 2002-2007
Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, 2008-2009
Shareholder, 1987-Present
Associate, 1982-1986
Experience | Non-Legal
IBM Corporation, Burlington, VT
Engineering intern, 1979 and 1980
Experience | Civic Activities

St. Edward’s Church Parish Council
President, 2006-present

Union League Club of Chicago

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Forward Thinking
in the media
January 06, 2017
In the January 6, 2017  issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Jim Sobieraj reflected on the firm’s centennial anniversary. Please click here to read.
in the media
October 10, 2016
On October 10, 2016, Legal News mentioned the latest ranking from Managing Intellectual Property which named nine attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione to its annual list of IP Stars.  To read more, please visit here.
alert
July 13, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled in Amgen Inc. v. Apotex Inc. that a biosimilar-product ...

in the media
May 25, 2016
On May 25, 2016, The American Lawyer wrote an article about the new hires and offices in China and Tampa.  Click here to read more.  
multimedia
January 28, 2016

Brinks attorneys examine IP issues that will have an impact throughout 2016 and beyond..

multimedia
2015

Brinks' President, Jim Sobieraj provides an overview on the firm's  ...

in the media
August 07, 2015
On August 7, 2015 Jim Sobieraj and Gary Ropski were mentioned and quoted in the Law.com article, 'Facing Tsunami of Cases, Federal Circuit Gives PTAB Wide ...
in the media
July 13, 2015
On July 13, 2015 Brinks was mentioned in the Wastenaw County Legal News article, 'Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys earn Kudos.'  The article mentioned Brinks recent IAM Patent 1000 recognition. Click here to read more.
multimedia
January 21, 2015

Brinks attorneys Kelly Burris, Mircea Tipescu and Scott Slavick ...

in the media
September 29, 2014
On September 29, 2014, Leading Lawyers Magazine – Business Edition published the article,  “Jim Sobieraj: Calm, Clear-minded Approach to IP Litigation“. The article mentions Henry Brinks, and features quotes from Ralph Gabric ...
publication
March 23, 2012
James R. Sobieraj is profiled in the March 23, 2012, Detroit Legal News article “Detroit Native Heads One of Chicago’s Top IP Firms.”
book
2005
James R. Sobieraj contributed the 'United States,' chapter of the book 'International Litigation' published by Aspatore Books in 2005.
publication
2005
publication
June 2004
The 2003 Annual Meeting of LES (USA & Canada) began with a plenary session featuring the leaders of nine large, successful corporate licensing programs. The panelists represented a cross-section of industries in the United States and Europe: ...
publication
July 01, 2003
Clarifying who owns and controls each IP right is vital to the success of a joint development agreement. James R Sobieraj explains how to prevent problems, and ensure that both parties know where they stand.  A joint development agreement is ...
Presentations
  • 2016 LESI Annual Conference, Beijing, China, May 16, 2016
  • 2016 IP Developments, Brinks Webinar,  January 28, 2016
  • “Current Global Trends in Licensing, LES Asia Pacific 2015 Meeting, Kuala Lumpu“Important Changes Concerning the Procurement and Enforcement of IPR in the United States, Licensing Executives Society Scandinavia 2015  Annual Meeting
  • “US IP Litigation”, Licensing Executives Society (Britain and Ireland), 2015  Annual Meeting
  • “Managing the Changing IPR Landscape in High Tech Industries”, Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) 2011 Annual Meeting
  • “The Devil's in the Deals: Sticky transactional issues”, Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) 2010 Annual Meeting
  • “Global Leaders of Corporate Licensing,” moderator, Licensing Executives Society International Conference, Chicago, Illinois, May 2008
  • Evaluating and Managing the Risks of IP Litigation in the U.S," Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Brinks Gilson & Lione Litigation Seminar, "What Every European Company Should Know About Litigation in the U.S.," Munich, Germany, June 21, 2007
  • "Resolving International Licensing Disputes Through Mediation," Licensing Executives Society International Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, June 20, 2007
  • "International Arbitration," Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) 2006 Annual Meeting
  • "The Quilt Work of Damages Methodologies in Matters Within the Circuit's Preview," Federal Circuit Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 1, 2006
  • "Managing The Risks of IP Litigation," Lorman Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 2006
  • "Antitrust Issues in Patent and Technology Licensing," Licensing Executives Society International Conference, Seoul, Korea, April 12, 2006
  • "Dispute Resolution Alternatives in the Pacific Rim," Licensing Executives Society International Conference, Seoul, Korea, April 10, 2006
  • "Assessing and Managing the Risks of IP Litigation," Brinks Gilson & Lione Litigation Seminar, October 25, 2005
  • "What Business Executives Must Know About IP Litigation," Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) 2005 Annual Meeting
  • "Leaders of Licensing Panel Discussion," Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) 2005 Annual Meeting
  • "IP Bankruptcy: A Dastardly Deed," Licensing Executives Society International, Paris, France, March 31, 2004
  • "The Doctrine of Equivalents in Europe and the U.S.: A Case Study," Licensing Executives Society International Conference, Oslo, Norway, June 18, 2003
  • "Business Method Patents: Introduction and Strategies," Chicago Bar Association Corporate Law Department Committee, June 5, 2003
  • "Protecting Your Turf: Tips and Traps for Ownership of IP Rights," Licensing Executives Society, Silicon Valley Chapter, San Jose, California, March 26, 2003
  • "Intellectual Property Issues Arising From Joint Development Projects," Joint Meeting of the Licensing Executives Society of Korea and AIPPI, Seoul, Korea, October 7, 2002
  • "The Role of Intellectual Property in E-commerce and the Internet," Licensing Executives Society, USA & Canada, Annual Meeting, 2001
  • "Winners and Losers – Finding the Right Intellectual Property and E-Business Strategies," Licensing Executives Society, USA & Canada, Winter Meeting, 2001
  • "Innovation at the Speed of E-Commerce: Strategic Business and Intellectual Property Perspectives," University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, September 7, 2000
  • "Strategic Alliances in the Electronics Industry," Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) Annual Meeting, 1994
  • "Contracting for Alternative Dispute Resolution: An Application to Intellectual Property," American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting, 1993
  • "Structuring the Licensing Agreement," Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) Seminars, Chicago, Illinois, 1992 and 1990
  • "Reasonable Royalties – What Does Reasonable Mean?" Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) Annual Meeting, 1991
  • "Building a Damages Claim," Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) Annual Meeting, 1990
Representative Matters
  • Alticor Inc. et al v. UMG Recordings Inc. et al. (M.D.Florida):Represents the plaintiffs in a breach of contract and copyright case against the three largest record companies in U.S.The case is pending.
  • Quixtar Inc.v. Woodward et al. (Arbitration; E.D. Mich.):Represented Quixtar in an action relating to misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and tortious interference.  After a 16-day trial, the arbitrator awarded Quixtar more than $25 million, which was affirmed in federal court.
  • Cuno, Inc. v. Pall Corporation (E.D.N.Y.):  Represented the plaintiff during a 5-week jury trial involving claims of patent infringement asserted by both parties. The patents were directed to nylon microporous membranes.  The parties settled the case when the defendant agreed to pay the plaintiff $12 million and to provide additional consideration.
  • AMP Incorporated v. AT&T Corporation. (M.D.Pa. ):Represented  AMP in a patent infringement suit against AT&T. After a summary jury trial, the parties reached a settlement, with AT&T paying AMP $9 million and granting the company additional consideration.
  • Phi-Insul Corp. d/b/a IntegraSpec v. Reward Wall Systems, Inc. et al (E.D. Texas and Nebraska):  Represented a Canadian company accused of infringing a patent relating to an insulated concrete form. The Eastern District of Texas granted a motion to transfer the case to the District of Nebraska.  The Nebraska court granted summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of our client, which was affirmed by the Federal Circuit.
  • Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. (Fed. Cir.): Represented the appellant in appeals of two of the first Covered Business Method Patent Reviews decided by the PTAB.
  • Tenneco Automotive Inc. v. Visteon Corp., (D.Del.):Defended Visteon, which was accused of infringing two patents on catalytic converters.  One patent was dismissed prior to trial. Following a six-day jury trial on the second, the parties settled before the jury delivered a verdict.
  • Procter & Gamble v. Randy Haugen and Amway Corporation (D. Utah; 10th Cir.):Defended Amway against P&G’s claims based on the Lanham Act, defamation per se, tortious interference with business relations, unfair competition, negligent supervision and vicarious liability.  All of P&G’s claims were dismissed at the pleading stage or by summary judgment, and the 10th Circuit affirmed.
  • Nitro Distributing et al. v. Alticor Inc., et al.(W.D.Mo.; 8th Cir.): Represented the defendants in an antitrust case.  On the eve of trial, the Court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment and dismissed all of the claims. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of all claims. The U.S. Supreme Court denied plaintiffs’ petition for certiorari.
  • Wolverine World Wide Inc. v. Nike Inc., (W.D. Mich; Fed. Cir.):  Defended Nike against a claim that one of its popular shoe lines infringed a patent owned by Wolverine. The Federal Circuit affirmed the lower court’s grant of summary judgment of non-infringement.
  • Nartron Corp. v. Amway Corp.(Michigan Circuit Court; W.D.Mich. Bankruptcy Court): Represented Amway in a lawsuit involving claims of ownership of patent rights, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets relating to end-of-life indicators for water filters. Following bench trials on liability and damages, the trial court awarded Amway all of the patent rights and damages for Nartron’s breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation. The Court of Appeals affirmed the award of patent rights, affirmed Nartron’s liability for several hundred thousand dollars of damages and interest, and remanded the case for further proceedings on Amway’s claim for additional damages.  Nartron subsequently filed for bankruptcy protection. The parties settled with Nartron paying Amway $3.5 million.
  • New Medium Technologies LLC et al v. LG Philips LCD et al. (N.D.Ill.):  Mr. Sobieraj represented LG Philips LCD, which had been accused of infringing three patents relating to LCD panels. The parties settled.
  • JSDQ Mesh Technologies, Inc. v. BelAir Networks Corp et al. (D.Del.):Defended Ericsson Inc. and several affiliates, which had been accused of infringing four patents relating to wireless communications networks. The parties settled.
  • Oxford Gene Technology Limited v. Motorola, Inc.,(N.D.Ill.):Defended Motorola, which had been accused of infringing a patent directed to DNA arrays. The parties settled. 
  • Standard Oil v. Showa Entetsu(E.D. Mich.):Represented Standard Oil in a case asserting that the defendant that breached an exclusive trade secret license for an electroplating process. The court entered a temporary restraining order shortly after the lawsuit was filed, and a issued preliminary injunction after an extensive evidentiary hearing.
  • AMP Incorporated v. Teradyne, Inc. (M.D.Pa.):Represented AMP, which had sued Teradyne for infringing two AMP patents and for misappropriating trade secrets related to high density/high speed electrical connectors. The case involved a two-day Markman hearing. The parties settled shortly after AMP filed its oppositions to Teradyne’s motions for summary judgment. 
  • Alticor Inc. v. Ultra-Sun Technologies, Inc. (W.D.Mich; Fed. Cir.):Represented Alticor in an action based on claims of false advertising under federal and state law, and infringement of two patents relating to water treatment systems.  The false advertising claims were settled before trial. The Federal Circuit ruled in Alticor’s favor on the patent claims, after which the parties settled.
  • Delta T Corporation v. Sun-North et al. (E.D.Ky., and AAA):Represented several Canadian corporations in an action removed from a Kentucky state court, and then ordered to arbitration. The plaintiff alleges patent infringement, extortion and breach of contract. The court declined to grant a preliminary injunction against our client after a 1 day trial. The parties then settled. 
  • Nano-Proprietary Inc. v. Till Keesmann (N.D.Ill.):Defended a German inventor, Till  Keesmann, in an action concerning the termination of an exclusive license agreement for a pioneer patent in the field of carbon nanotubes. The parties settled.
  • Maui Jim, Inc. v. Bargain Depot (C.D.Ill.):Represented Maui Jim, which sued Bargain Depot for infringing a design patent. The court granted Maui Jim’s motion for summary judgment of infringement and validity, and awarded sanctions and costs against defendant.

Representative Published Decisions

  • Nitro Distrib., Inc. v. Alticor Inc., 565 F.3d 417 (8th Cir. 2009)
  • Nitro Distrib., Inc. v. Alticor Inc., 453 F.3d 995 (8th Cir. 2006)
  • Alticor Inc. v. Ultra-Sun Technologies, Inc., 269 F.Supp. 2d 936 (W.D. Mich. 2003)
  • Procter & Gamble v. Haugen and Amway Corp., 317 F.3d 1121 (10th Cir. 2003)
  • Procter & Gamble v. Haugen and Amway Corp., 222 F. 3d 1262 (10th Cir. 2000)
  • Nike Inc. v. Wolverine World Wide, Inc., 43 F. 3d 644 (Fed. Cir. 1994)
  • Wolverine World Wide Inc. v. Nike Inc., 38 F. 3d 1192 (Fed. Cir. 1994)
  • Amway Corp. v. Nartron Corp., 29 USPQ 2d 1314 (Fed. Cir. 1993)
  • Amway Corp. v. Nartron Corp., 25 USPQ 2d 1944 (W.D. Mich. 1992)
  • Cuno Inc. v. Pall Corp., 729 F. Supp. 234 (E.D. N.Y.1989)
  • Michod v. Walker Magnetics Group Inc., 115 FRD 345 (N.D. Ill. 1987)
  • Dana Corp. v. American Precision Co., 221 USPQ 1098 (N.D. Ill. 1984)

Press Releases & Events
February 09, 2017

CHICAGO—Twenty attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named to the 2017 ...

January 25, 2017

On January 25 at 12:00pm CT, join Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys as they kick off the firm's centennial year by discussing the issues that...

January 18, 2017

CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione kicks off its centennial year with a look at recent developments in ...

January 03, 2017

CHICAGO—A passion for intellectual property law. A commitment to exceptional client service. ...

August 15, 2016

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

June 01, 2016

CHICAGO—National law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione is “at the top of the list” again this year for intellectual property according to IAM Patent 1000 2016—The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine's guide to leading private practice patent professionals and firms.

May 26, 2016
CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, announced today that it has filed an application with the Shenzhen Justice Bureau to establish an office in Shenzhen, China, the ...
May 19, 2016
ANN ARBOR –Managing Intellectual Property magazine (MIP) named nine attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., to its annual list of IP Stars. The attorneys with Michigan connections ...
May 19, 2016
CHICAGO—For the third year in a row, Managing Intellectual Property magazine (MIP) has designated intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Illinois office as Highly Recommended in its annual rankings, and has ranked the ...
May 16, 2016

Brinks Gilson & Lione President James Sobieraj opened the 2016 Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) ...

January 28, 2016
Join Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys, Jim Sobieraj, Mark Remus, Amy Fix, Bill Frankel and Laura Beth Miller as they discuss the issues that will be front and center on the minds of Intellectual Property Departments and Attorneys in 2016, ...
January 25, 2016

CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione—one of the nation’s largest IP boutiques ...

January 12, 2016

CHICAGO—Twenty-two attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named to the 2016 ...

November 02, 2015

CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione announced today that Eric...

September 25, 2015
CHICAGO—Four attorneys have joined intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione as associates this month, as the firm continues to add talent, maintaining its position as one of the nation’s largest IP boutiques. Attorneys ...
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 ...
July 06, 2015
CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson and Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has again achieved recognition in the IAM Patent 1000 2015—The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, Intellectual Asset ...
April 21, 2015
CHICAGO—James R. Sobieraj, president of intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, was recently elected president of the board of directors for the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), a non-profit professional ...
January 20, 2015
CHICAGO—Twenty-four attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation's largest intellectual property law firms, are named to the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers, a rating service that lists lawyers from more than ...
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 ...
July 01, 2014
CHICAGO—James R. Sobieraj, Allen R. Baum and Michael N. Spink, shareholders at Brinks Gilson & Lione, have been named to IAM Strategy 300—The World’s Leading IP Strategists, the sixth annual guide to globally renowned creators ...
June 16, 2014
CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione's Chicago office has again this year received high recognition in IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, receiving distinction as Recommended ...
October 09, 2013
CHICAGO—William H. Frankel, Ralph J. Gabric, Gary M. Ropski, and James R. Sobieraj, four stand-out attorneys and shareholders at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, have been selected for inclusion in Euromoney PLC's ...
August 13, 2013
CHICAGO - Chicago-based intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation's largest IP firms, has been recognized as one of the top U.S. firms for patent prosecution in utility and design for the fifth consecutive ...
July 15, 2013
CHICAGO—When you're in the business of protecting others' brands, patents and intellectual property, it helps to have a winning brand of your own. That's the situation of Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the ...
April 24, 2013
CHICAGO – Eleven attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been recognized as IP Stars for 2013 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, for their insights into the intricacies of practicing IP law and their ...
April 05, 2013
CHICAGO – Managing Intellectual Property has recognized intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione as Firm of the Year 2013 for the Midwest region in the category of Trademark - Contentious, and has ranked Brinks as a leading ...
January 22, 2013
CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione has announced its 2013 board of directors, a group headed by firm president James R. Sobieraj and including shareholders William H. Frankel, Howard S. Michael, James P. Naughton, Steven L. Oberholtzer, ...
November 06, 2012
CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has received the Diversity Award from the Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago. Brinks shareholder Lawrence G. Almeda received 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 ...
September 20, 2012
CHICAGO – The 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition has named 24 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione in the categories of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property – Litigation respectively. The following Brinks attorneys are ...
September 18, 2012
CHICAGO – Leading Lawyers Network has named 54 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, as 2012 Leading Lawyers in intellectual property in Illinois for 2012. The roster ...
July 31, 2012
CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago’s largest intellectual property law firm and one of the largest IP firms in the country, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a new charter school, Legal Prep, slated to open this fall in ...
July 16, 2012
CHICAGO - Brinks attorneys James R. Sobieraj and Allen R. Baum have again been listed by Intellectual Asset Management magazine in IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists (4th. ed.), a reference guide for senior in-house ...
July 09, 2012
CHICAGO– Brinks shareholders Allen R. Baum, William H. Frankel, Gary M. Ropski, James R. Sobieraj and Andrew D. Stover have been ranked among the top U.S patent law practitioners in Intellectual Asset Management’s inaugural IAM Patent ...
Honors
  • Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers, 2015
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property, 2013-2014, 2016
  • Leading Intellectual Property Strategist, Intellectual Asset Management magazine's "IAM 300 - A Guide to the World's Leading IP Strategists," 2014
  • Leading Patent Practitioner, Intellectual Asset Management's "IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners," 2012-2016
  • Leading Patent Litigator, Intellectual Asset Management's "IAM Patent Litigation 250 - The World’s Leading Patent Litigators," 2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Law), 2007-2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2005-2017; Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois, 2010
  • Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Experts, 2005, 2009
  • Leading Intellectual Property Strategist Intellectual Asset Management's “IAM 250 - A Guide to the World’s Leading IP Strategists,” 2009-2011
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2003-2016
  • Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners, published by Managing Intellectual Property, 2007, 2010
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Experts, 2005
  • BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms, 2004
  • Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers, 2003
  • Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Information Technology Advisors, 1999
Affiliations
  • Licensing Executives Society
    President, 2002-2003
    President-Elect, 2001-2002
    Secretary, 1998-2001
    International Delegate, 1997-2007
    Board of Trustees, 1996-2004
    Various other roles 1992-1996
  • Licensing Executives Society International
    Past President, 2016-2017
    President, 2015-2016
    President Elect, 2014-2015
    Treasurer, 2011-2014
    Counsel to the Board of Directors, 2008-Present
    Chair, 2008 LES International Conference
    Vice Chair, Dispute Resolution Committee, 2005-2007
    Various other roles 2000-2005
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
    President, 2007
    President-Elect, 2006
    Vice President, 2005
    Judges Dinner Chair, 2004-2005
    Judicial Appointments Committee Chair, 2009-2011
    Patent Law Symposium Co-Chair, 2007-2011
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame
    Board of Directors, 2004-Present
  • IP Hall of Fame Academy, 2007-Present
  • The Licensing Foundation
    Board of Directors, 2003-2008
  • Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc.
    Board of Governors, 2007-2008
    President, 2008
    Counsel to the Board of Governors, 2008-2010
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    Chairman, Contracting for ADR Committee, 1990-1993
    Judge, Giles S. Rich Moot Court Competition
  • Richard Linn American Inn of Court, Founding Member
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Lawyers Club of Chicago
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
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