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., Mechanical 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
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
July 11, 2017

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Three attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., were invited to present at an IP training event...

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 ...
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