Jon H. Beaupré
Shareholder

After a fast-track start to his litigation career, including extensive oral and written advocacy experience at an early age, Jon Beaupré has earned the reputation as a “rising star” among IP litigators. In recent years, Jon has also become a leader in the relatively new practice area of post-grant patent trials.  

Jon’s practice includes all areas of intellectual property litigation, including patent litigation, trademark and false advertising disputes, and trade secret and unfair competition litigation.  He also counsels clients on intellectual asset management and prepares agreements and licenses.  Jon practices in a wide array of forums, including federal courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the International Trade Commission, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

With a background in as a background in mechanical engineering, Jon has experience in the fields of medical devices, wireless technology, software technology, business methods, and industrial mechanical devices.

Jon’s role as co-chair of the firm’s Post-Grant Patent Practice Group demonstrates his leadership in this burgeoning area of law.  In late 2012 Congress enacted the America Invents Act and created new types of proceedings through which petitioners could challenge the validity of patents through “AIA trials” at the Patent and Trademark Office.  Jon was lead counsel in several of the first petitions filed and has continued to serve at the forefront of this quickly-expanding practice area. 

Because he takes the time to form deep bonds with clients and immerses himself in their business, Jon is able to serve as an integral member of strategy teams and help his clients avoid or quickly resolve controversies.  He strives for creative solutions to help his clients’ business run more smoothly and successfully.

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude
    University of Wisconsin Law School, 2003
  • B.S., Meechanical Engineering, cum laude
    University of Michigan, 2000
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Cir.
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Colorado
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Area of Focus
Experience | Overview
  • In a recent representative matter, one of Jon’s clients learned of an infringer’s activities and asked Jon to resolve the situation.  After Jon quickly and thoroughly prepared a patent complaint and accompanying motion for preliminary injunction, the infringer acquiesced and agreed to stop all infringing activity. 
  • In another recent matter, Jon was a core team member that successfully invalidated an asserted patent in the District Court during claim construction, which was affirmed by the Federal Circuit.  This case is a landmark decision in the jurisprudence of “means plus function” claim language, and was the first time the Federal Circuit ever held a means-plus-function term indefinite when the term did not use the word "means." 
Experience | Legal
Brinks Gilson & Lione, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Shareholder, January 2012-Present
Associate, 2003-2011
Experience | Non-Legal
Johnson Controls, Plymouth, Michigan
Engineering Intern, May-August 1999
Experience | Civic Activities
  • Pro Bono Attorney for Asylum Matters
  • Volunteer, Legal Services of South Central Michigan
  • Volunteer, American Red Cross
Forward Thinking
in the media
January 09, 2017
On January 9, 2017, Ann Arbor shareholder, Jon Beaupré, was profiled in Legalnews.com.  Please click here to read the interview.
in the media
October 13, 2016
On October 13, 2016, Legal News mentioned Jon Beaupré joining the National Advisory Board of the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education. Please visit here for the Legal News article.
alert
June 21, 2016

The Supreme Court on June 20, 2016, upheld the AIA provisions allowing the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) to interpret claims under the broadest reasonable construction (BRI) standard during an inter partes review...

blogpost
June 20, 2016
The Supreme Court on June 20, 2016, upheld the AIA provisions allowing the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) to interpret claims under the broadest reasonable construction (BRI) standard during an inter partes ...
in the media
May 23, 2016
On May 23, 2016, Brinks Shareholder, Jon H. Beaupré, was mentioned in Michigan Lawyers Weekly for his participation as moderator for “Building Your IP Litigation Dream Team — Tips for Selecting, Screening & Managing Outside ...
in the media
February 05, 2016

On February 4, 2016 Mike Spink, Bill Boudreaux, Jon Beaupre and L.G. Almeda were mentioned in the ...

multimedia
September 25, 2015

The Brinks Post-Grant Practice Group held the third in a series of ...

alert
August 20, 2015
On August 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) announced a second round of proposed changes to the rules for America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings based on comments and feedback the PTO has received in the past year. As PTO Director ...
in the media
July 16, 2015
On July 16, 2015 Jon Beaupre was mentioned in the Ann Arbor news briefs section of MLive. Click here to read more.
in the media
May 31, 2015
On May 31, 2015 Jon Beaupre was mentioned in the Detroit Legal News section of Legalnews.com in the larticle 'Ann Arbor Attorney Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling.' Click here to read more.
in the media
May 27, 2015
On May 27, 2015 Jon Beaupre was quoted in the Law360 article, 'Attys React To High Court's Induced Infringement Ruling.' The article discussed the significance of the Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems Inc. case. Click here to read ...
alert
May 26, 2015
Today, in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., the Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) and held that a defendant’s belief regarding patent validity is not a defense to an induced infringement ...
alert
March 27, 2015
On March 27, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) announced a three-part roll-out plan. The first rule package of “quick fixes” will be released in full later this spring, but part of the first package is effective ...
in the media
October 15, 2014
Brinks' attorneys, Gary M. Ropski, Kori Anne Bagrowski, James G. DeRouin, James K. Cleland, Jon H. Beaupre and John A. Lingl were mentioned in the Law360 article 'Fed. Circ. Affirms Bosch Car Tester Patent As Invalid,' as counsel for ...
in the media
July 18, 2014
Josh Ney, Steve Oberholtzer, and Jon Beaupré were mentioned on MLive.com on the “Business Briefs” page on July 17, 2014. In the “People & Achievements” section, Josh Ney was mentioned for his DBusiness award ...
Presentations
  • "Building Your IP Litigation Dream Team – Tips for Selecting, Screening & Managing Outside Counsel to Oversee PTAB Proceedings," Momentum 4th IP Counsel Exchange, San Jose, CA, May 10, 2016
  • “Master Class: A Practitioner’s Guide to Most Effectively Utilizing Experts and Witnesses in PTAB Proceedings: Dissecting the Nuances of Witness Presentation and Posturing at the PTAB,” Post-Grant Challenges Exchange, San Jose, CA, March 30-31, 2015
  • Brinks Post Grant Patent webinar, September 30, 2014
Representative Matters
  • Sage Products v. Medline (N.D. Il. 2015). Represented plaintiff Sage Products in patent action relating to medical devices for turning and positioning a medical patient. 
  • ZTE v. ContentGuard (PTAB 2013). Representing petitioner ZTE in six Inter Partes Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The patents in suit relate to digital rights management (“DRM”) technology. The actions are pending.
  • Bosch v. Snap-on and Drew Technologies (E.D. Mich. 2011). Representing defendants Snap-on and Drew Technologies in patent case where Bosch is asserting a patent for a diagnostic testing device for motor vehicles. Also representing Drew Technologies as the plaintiff in an action against Bosch relating to data acquisition and display systems for motor vehicles. Both actions are pending.
  • AutoForm Engineering GmbH v. Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. (E.D. Mich. 2010). Representing plaintiff AutoForm in patent infringement action regarding Computer Aided Design (“CAD”) software. The action is pending.
  • ContentGuard v. ZTE (E.D. Va.; S.D. Cal. 2012). Representing ZTE in as defendant in patent case with six patents related to digital rights management (“DRM”) technology. The action is pending.
  • Certain Wireless Devices with 3G Capabilities and Components Thereof, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-800. Counsel for respondent ZTE defending against claims of patent infringement. The action is pending.
  • Certain Electric Fireplaces, Components Thereof, Manuals for Same, Certain Processes for Manufacturing or Relating to Same and Certain Products Containing Same, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-791. Counsel for complainants Twin-Star International and TS Investment Holding Corp. Also representing Twin-Star and TS Investment in other district court actions against Whalen Furniture and other defendants.
  • Sage Products, Inc. v. Skil-Care Corporation (N.D.Il. 2011) and Sage Products, Inc. v. ValMed, Inc. Represented Sage Products as plaintiff in two patent and trade dress infringement actions regarding heel ulcer prevention boots. The parties settled.
  • Trudell Medical Int’l. v. PARI Respiratory Equip., Inc., et al. (E.D. Va. 2010). Represented Trudell Medical Int’l. in a patent infringement action regarding nebulizers for delivering aerosolized fluid to an inhaling patient. The parties settled.
  • In the Matter of [Asylum Applicant] (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Exec. Office of Immigration Review, 2011). Represented on a pro bono basis a refugee from Togo seeking asylum on the basis of political beliefs. Applicant obtained asylum.
  • Amway Corp. v. MonaVie, Inc., et al. (D. Utah 2008). Represented Amway Corp. in an action with claims of trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference with contract, and false advertising. The case settled after arguments on summary judgment.
  • Trilink Saw Chain, LLC, et al. v. Blount, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:07-CV-0409-CAP (N.D. Ga. 2007). Represented Blount in a false advertising action relating to saw chains for chainsaws. The parties settled.
  • Stewart & Assoc. Int'l Inc., et al. v. Quixtar Inc., et al. (W.D. Mo. 2007). Represented Quixtar Inc. in a breach of contract action. The parties settled.
  • Kalb, et al. v. Quixtar Inc. (M.D. Fla. 2007). Represented Quixtar Inc. in a breach of contract action. The parties settled.
  • Delta T Corporation v. Sun-North, et al. (E.D. Ky., and AAA, 2006). Represented several Canadian corporations in a patent and breach of contract action removed from a Kentucky state court, and then ordered to arbitration. The parties settled.
  • In the Matter of [Asylum Applicant] (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Exec. Office of Immigration Review, 2006). Represented on a pro bono basis a refugee from Togo seeking asylum on the basis of political beliefs. Applicant obtained asylum and the Government attorney waived appeal.
  • Munchkin, Inc. v. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, CV 06-6342 PA, (C.D. Cal. 2006). Represented Wrigley in a declaratory judgment action filed by Munchkin in response to Wrigley's allegations of trademark infringement, dilution and cybersquatting. The parties settled.
  • Children's Memorial Medical Center, Inc. v. Kid's Doc, S.C., et al., Case No. 1:06-cv-05844 (N.D. Ill. 2006). Represented plaintiff Children's Memorial in a trademark infringement and cybersquatting action involving use of the KIDS DOC trademark and the kids-doc.net domain name. A consent judgment was entered against the defendants.
  • Motorola, Inc. v. Razor USA, LLC (Del. Chancery Ct. 2006). Represented Motorola in declaratory judgment action concerning trademark license agreement. The parties settled.
Press Releases & Events
June 06, 2017

CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione has been recognized for the ninth year in a row as a top U.S. firm for patent prosecution, including for re-examination and post-grant proceedings, by The Legal 500 United States 2017...

May 31, 2017

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announced that Jon H. Beaupré, a shareholder and litigator in the Ann Arbor office, will join with his Brinks Chicago office colleague, Jeffrey J. Catalano, to participate in the ninth China-US Intellectual Property Comparative Mock Trial at China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) training center in Beijing on June 15, 2017...

November 10, 2016

ANN ARBOR–Emerging technologies continue to infiltrate cars, and notably autonomous vehicles, making them ...

October 05, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Jon Beaupré, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual...

June 22, 2016

CHICAGO—For the eighth year in a row, intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione has been recognized in The Legal 500 United States 2016 as one of the top U.S. firms for patent prosecution, including for re-examination...

May 10, 2016

Brinks is sponsoring the Momentum 4th IP Counsel Exchange on Post-Grant Patent Challenges at the PTAB in San Jose, CA, on May 11, 2016...

May 05, 2016

ANN ARBOR – Jon Beaupré, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, will be a presenter in the Momentum IP Counsel Exchange on Post-Grant Patent Challenges at the PTAB on May 11 in San Jose, California...

July 07, 2015
ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the top U.S. firms for prosecution of utility and design patents for the seventh year ...
June 11, 2015
CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione has been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the top U.S. firms for prosecution of utility and design patents for the seventh year in a row, based on the firm’s ...
May 29, 2015
ANN ARBOR – On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. the Supreme Court overruled a prior ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) and held that a defendant’s belief regarding patent ...
March 12, 2015
ANN ARBOR – Jon H. Beaupré, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a presenter at the second IP Counsel Exchange on Post-Grant ...
April 11, 2014
ANN ARBOR—Jon Beaupré, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been selected to serve as a panelist at the April 24 United States Patent and ...
October 09, 2012
ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., is pleased to announce that Daniel R. Hoovler has joined the Ann Arbor office as an associate attorney. At Brinks, Mr. Hoovler will focus ...
August 21, 2012
ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces that Robert D. Shereda, Ph.D. and Nicholas J. Angelocci have joined the Ann Arbor office and Jon H. Beaupré, a shareholder ...
Honors
  • Recommended by Legal500, 2016-2017
  • Larkin Award (for excellence in patent law) from University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Wisconsin Environmental Law Journal
Affiliations
  • NALP Foundation
    Advisory Board
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
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