William H. Frankel
Shareholder
Overview

“I believe in frequent and candid two-way communication with clients.  My clients know I will always listen to their needs and will always tell it to them straight.”

Clients and colleagues alike recognize Bill Frankel for his extraordinary range of experience and his effective advocacy in intellectual property disputes. His litigation practice encompasses patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition litigation in the U.S. and abroad; he also counsels clients on evaluating, protecting, procuring and transferring IP rights. Bill is known for helping clients think ahead to prepare for any situation that may arise in litigation. His maxim is, “Continuously communicate with clients and avoid surprises.”

In over three decades of practice, Bill has earned a reputation for his uncompromising ethics and dedication to client needs. He has been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation since 2005, has been named in Euromoney’s Guides to the World's Leading Patent and Trademark Law Experts, and has been recognized by Chambers U.S.A., The Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who Legal, among other accolades. He is also a trained mediator, using his judgment and experience to help both clients and litigants resolve intellectual property disputes outside the courtroom.

Bill represents clients in leading cases in federal trial and appellate courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission and alternative dispute resolution fora. His engineering background and communication skills have helped him distill complex fact patterns into compelling arguments involving medical devices, packaging materials, hydraulics, consumer electronics, navigation systems, telecommunications, Internet and e-commerce matters, social media, software applications, automotive technologies, oil and gas drilling technologies, and cargo restraint apparatus.

Businesses with global aspirations rely on Bill for worldwide IP protection, as well as the coordination of legal strategies in cross-border IP disputes. He has worked with clients throughout Europe, as well as in Canada, Israel, Australia and China, and has represented domestic and foreign companies  before the International Trade Commission.

As Chair of Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Copyright Group, Bill handles a range of cutting-edge copyright disputes. He is a past President and active Board member of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, an association that provides pro bono legal assistance to artists and arts organizations in the Chicago area.

Education
  • J.D., cum laude
    Tulane University School of Law, 1980
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, cum laude
    Tulane University, 1977
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Experience | Overview
  • Bill regularly handles business-critical patent infringement litigation for a worldwide medical device company.
  • In a case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court, Bill represented a worldwide offshore drilling contractor in a patent infringement case involving an offshore drilling apparatus. The case made two trips to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and then settled on appeal to the Supreme Court after to the Court referred the case to the Solicitor General for review and comment.
  • Staying on the leading edge of copyright litigation, Bill has represented both a major airline and a consumer products company in cutting edge copyright disputes and litigation with the record companies over the use of music in inflight entertainment and in videos posted on social media.
  • As part of his recent ITC practice, Bill represented a Chinese manufacturer and its U.S. subsidiary in a Section 337 case relating to microprocessors in wireless communication devices.   After a five-day hearing, the ITC found the patent not infringed and refused to issue an exclusion order against the client.
  • In a record-breaking Illinois case, Bill and his colleagues won a $102 million jury verdict for a global food packaging company in a patent infringement case relating to heat-shrinkable plastic films.  The case settled on appeal.
  • Bill co-authors a number of influential IP law publications, including Designing an Effective Intellectual Property Compliance Program (West Group); Copyright Permissions (Copyright Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago); and the Intellectual Property Law Handbook (Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education). 
Experience | Legal Experience

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
Shareholder, May 1991-Present

Neuman, Williams, Anderson & Olson, Chicago, Illinois
Partner, June 1980-April 1991

Experience | Civic Activities

Lawyers for the Creative Arts
Volunteer Lawyer, 1982-Present
President, 2004-2008
Immediate Past President, 2008 

Experience | Teaching Experience

DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Adjunct Professor, Patent Law, 1993-1995
   

Forward Thinking
in the media
April 20, 2017
On April 20, 2017, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin mentioned the recently released book, “Copyright Litigation Strategies,” a publication of the American Bar Association which was written by Chicago shareholder, Bill Frankel. To read ...
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March 24, 2017

On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 6-2 ruling in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., et al., holding the decorative elements on Varsity Brands’ cheerleading uniforms were conceptually separable two-dimensional graphic works, and therefore eligible for copyright protection...

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January 24, 2017

On January 14, 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) implemented numerous amendments to its Trademark ...

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December 07, 2016

On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office launched its new electronic registration system ...

multimedia
January 28, 2016

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

in the media
November 11, 2015

On November 11, 2015, Brinks Gilson & Lione shareholder William H. Frankel who chairs the ...

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October 21, 2015
On October 16, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google, Inc., No. 13-4829-cv, affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment dismissing the Authors Guild’s copyright infringement claim ...
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September 08, 2015
On April, 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decisions in Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. and Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Management System, Inc. These decisions made it easier for a prevailing party in a patent ...
in the media
June 30, 2015
On June 30, 2015 William Frankel was quoted in the Arts and Culture section of the Huffington Post article, 'Richard Prince Sold Strangers' Instagram Photos For $90k -- And It's Probably Legal.' Click here to read more.
book
April 2013

Three Brinks attorneys authored chapters in the 2013 edition of the Intellectual Property ...

publication
March 30, 2006
Constructed in the early 3rd century BCE, the Royal Library of Alexandria, Egypt came to hold tens of thousands of manuscripts in its ten great halls. The great library, destroyed by fire or war centuries after its creation, has come to symbolize ...
book
2005
William H. Frankel co-authored Intellectual Property Handbook for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education in 2005.
publication
1996, 2005
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October 2004
book
1993
William H. Frankel, Christopher M. Dolan, Richard A. Kaplan and Allan J. Sternstein co-authored Designing An Effective Intellectual Property Compliance Program published by Clark-Boardman in 1993. Click here to read more.
Presentations

Worldwide presentations, as a speaker and guest lecturer, on intellectual property issues to clients, associations, groups and students.

  • 2016 IP Developments, Brinks Webinar,  January 28, 2016
  • "Recent Developments in Copyright Law," The John Marshall Law School's 59th Annual Intellectual Property Law conference, Chicago, February 27, 2015
  • "Recent Developments in Copyright Law," The John Marshall Law School’s 58th Annual Intellectual Property Law conference, Chicago, February 28, 2014
  • "Recent Developments in Copyright Law," The John Marshall Law School’s 57th Annual Intellectual Property Law conference, Chicago, February 22, 2013
  • "Licensing Agreements 101," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago, June 22, 2012
  • "Recent Developments in Copyright Law," The John Marshall Law School 56th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, Chicago, February 24, 2012
  • “The Use of Social Media Sites At Home and In The Workplace”, Speaker, American Airlines Legal Department Meeting, Dallas, Texas, August 2010
  • Presentation on Effective U.S. IP Litigation Strategies to the Shunde Industrial Design Society, Shunde, China, June 2010
  • Participated in International Mock Copyright Trial, with SIPO and the Copyright Center of China, Beijing University, China, June 2010
  • Chicago Bar Association's YLS Intellectual Property Law Committee Meeting, Presenter, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 2010
  • "Enforcing Copyrights," speaker, PLI's Understanding Copyright Law 2009, Chicago, Illinois, June 2009
  • "Recent Developments in Copyright Law," speaker, The John Marshall Law School 53rd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 2009
  • Participated in International Mock Patent Trial, International Intellectual Property Law Symposium, Oxford University, England, June 2007
  • "Copyright Licensing," speaker, IICLE Licensing Agreements 2007, Chicago, Illinois, June 2007
  • "Copyright Ethics," speaker, Copyright 2007, Practising Law Institute, Chicago, Illinois, June 2007
  • "Shelter From The Internet Copyright Storm – The Safe Harbor of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act," speaker, Kimberly-Clark 2007 General Counsel Conference, Neenah, Wisconsin, May 2007
  • "Recent Developments in Copyright Law," speaker, The John Marshall Law School 51st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 2007
  • "Google's Grand Plan – Is It Grand Infringement?," speaker, Intellectual Property in Global Mainstream Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 2006
  • "Copyright Law and Technological Activism," speaker, Update on Intellectual Property Law and the Internet, Brinks Gilson & Lione Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, April 18, 2006
  • "Jury Trials: Strategies for Success," speaker, Managing the Risks of IP Litigation, Brinks Gilson & Lione Litigation Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, October 25, 2005
  • "Strategic IP Asset Management & The IP Audit," speaker, Intellectual Asset Management Update: Translating Intellectual Property and Business Strategies into Bottom Line Value, Brinks Gilson & Lione Seminar, Menlo Park, California, September 7, 2005
  • "Willful Infringement and Claim Construction: The Federal Circuit Attempts to Fix U.S. Patent Law in 2004," presenter, Perspectives on U.S. IP Law and Practices in 2004, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 22, 2004
  • "Legal Strategies: Key Elements in Defending Patent Lawsuits," Mining Patent Portfolios Conference, Law Seminars International, Chicago, Illinois, October 29, 2004
Representative Matters
  • S-Line LLC v. B2B Supply and Jerrell P. Squyres, Case No. 3:14-cv-02284, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division (2014-present).  Representing S-Line in a patent infringement action relating to a bulkhead device.
  • UMG Recordings Inc. et al. v. Global Eagle Entertainment, et al., Civil Action No. 14-cv-03466; Central District of California (2014-2015).  Represented American Airlines in a copyright case involving music licensing issues.  The case settled successfully as to American.
  • Trudell Medical International v. RPC Formatec GMBH,  Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-032, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division (2014).  Represented Trudell in a medical device patent infringement action relating to a dose counter.  This case settled successfully.
  • Northgate Technologies, Inc. v. Stryker Corporation d/b/a Stryker Endoscopy; and W.O.M. World of Medicine AG, Case No. 1:12-cv-7032, Northern District of Illinois (2012-2014).  Represented Northgate in a medical device patent infringement action relating to an insufflator.  The case settled successfully.
  • Transocean Offshore Drilling, Inc. v. Maersk Contractors USA, Inc., Civil Action No. 4:07-CV-02392, S.D. Texas, Houston (2007-2014). Represented Maersk Drilling in a patent infringement action relating to an apparatus for multi-activity offshore drilling.  The case settled on appeal after the Supreme Court referred the case to the Solicitor General for review.
  • Trudell Medical International v. PARI Respiratory Equipment, et al., Civil Action No. 1:10-CV-00955, USDC, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria (2010-2011). Represented Trudell in a patent infringement action relating to a nebulizer. This case was filed in a “rocket docket,” and was quickly and successfully resolved.
  • Arimathea LLC v. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company et al., Civil Action No. 08cv3796, N. D. IL, Eastern Div. (2008). Represented Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in a patent infringement action relating to a hinged lid container. The case settled successfully.
  • Centre National de Recherche Scientifique and Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique, Civil Action No. C 08-1217 PJH, N.D. Cal., San Jose Division (2008). Represented French governmental research agencies in action for declaration of inventorship and patent ownership concerning patents relating to magnetic memory devices. The case settled successfully for the firm's clients.
  • Pro Tech Monitoring, Inc. v. Elmo-Tech Ltd. and ADT Security Systems, Inc., M.D. Fla., Tampa Division (2004-2007). Represented Elmo-Tech in a patent infringement case involving electronic monitoring of offenders. Pro Tech's complaint was voluntarily dismissed.
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy v. Thomas A. Heinz, N.D. Ill., Eastern Div. (2005-2006). Represented Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and owner of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Fallingwater® in copyright infringement action. The case settled successfully.
  • TNI Packaging, Inc. v. Perdue Farms Inc., N.D. Ill., Eastern Div. (2005-2006). Represented Perdue Farms in a patent infringement action relating to a method for identifying the cooking process applied to fowl. The case settled successfully.
  • Freni Brembo, S.p.A. and Brembo North America, Inc. v. Alcon Components, Ltd., et al., N.D. Ill., Eastern Div. (2004-2005). Represented Freni Brembo and Brembo North America in a patent infringement case relating to consumer automobile and Formula 1/NASCAR disk brake systems. The case settled successfully.
  • Overture Services, Inc. v. Google Inc., N.D. Calif., San Francisco Div. (2002-2004). Represented Overture Services, Inc. in a patent infringement action relating to on-line paid search services. The case settled successfully.
  • Vicky Howard v. Revere Mills, Inc., and Walgreen Co., N.D. Kansas (2003-2004). Represented Revere Mills in copyright infringement lawsuit. The case settled.
  • BI Incorporated v. Elmo-Tech, Ltd. and SecurityLink, Inc., U.S.D.C. Colo. (2001-2002) Represented Elmo-Tech and SecurityLink in a patent infringement action relating to electronic monitoring of offenders. The case settled successfully.
  • Blount, Inc. and Hamby v. CSI, W.D. N.C., Charlotte Div. (2000-2002). Represented Blount in a patent infringement case relating to tree delimbers. The case settled successfully.
  • Multi-Tech v. VocalTec et al., D. Minn. (2000-2001). Represented Multi-Tech in patent infringement lawsuit involving VoiP technologies. The case settled.
  • ibid., Inc. v. Tomatsu Yagi Design, N.D. Calif., San Francisco Div. (2000-2001). Represented ibid in a copyright infringement action involving misappropriation of stock photographs. The case settled successfully.
  • Varis v. Scitex Digital Printing, Inc. and Scitex Corporation Ltd., S.D. Ohio, Western Div. at Dayton (1999-2001). Represented Scitex in a patent infringement case relating to printing variable data with a page description language. The case settled successfully.
  • Energy Absorption, Inc. v. Traffix, C.D. Calif., Southern Div. (1999-2000). Represented Energy Absorption in a case involving theft of trade secrets and patent infringement relating to highway safety barriers. The case settled successfully.
  • Arista Records, Inc., et al. v. Amway Corporation, et al., M.D. Fla. (1996-1997). Represented Amway Corporation in a copyright infringement case involving sound recordings. The case settled.
  • The Rival Company v. Sunbeam Corporation et al., W.D. Missouri (1995-1999). Represented The Rival Company through appeal in a patent infringement case relating to food steamers.
  • Personal Awareness Systems, Inc. v. Financial Training Resources, Inc., N.D. Ill. (1995-1996). Represented Personal Awareness Systems in a copyright infringement case relating to performance testing materials. The case settled successfully.
  • Re-Source America, Inc. v. Republic Packaging Corp. (1994). Represented Republic Packaging in a patent infringement case relating to recyclable packaging. The case was settled on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
  • Viskase Corp. v. W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn, N.D. Ill. (1993-1992). Represented Viskase in a patent infringement case relating to heat-shrinkable plastic films. The case settled successfully.
  • Roadmaster Corp. v. NordicTrack, Inc., N.D. Ill. (1993-1994). Represented Roadmaster in a patent and trade dress infringement case relating to an exercise apparatus. The case settled successfully.
  • Rockwell Graphic Systems, Inc. v. DEV Industries, Inc., et al., N.D. Ill. (1990-1991). Represented Rockwell Graphic Systems on appeal in a trade secret misappropriation case relating to the theft of manufacturing drawings for printing press components.
Trials
  • Certain Wireless Consumer Devices and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-853.  Represented ZTE Corporation and ZTE (USA) Inc. in an ITC Section 337 case relating to microprocessors in wireless communication devices and the clocking thereof.  After a five day hearing and Commission review, the ITC found the asserted patent not infringed and refused to issue an exclusion order against ZTE and its co-respondents.
  • Transocean Offshore Drilling, Inc. v. Maersk Contractors USA, Inc., Civil Action No. 4:07-CV-02392, S.D. Texas, Houston (2007-2011). Represented Maersk Drilling in a patent infringement action relating to an apparatus for multi-activity offshore drilling. After a seven-day jury trial, and despite a jury verdict in favor of Transocean, the court rejected the jury’s factual findings as based on insufficient evidence, and ruled in Maersk’s favor on all issues as a matter of law. Transocean’s patents were held invalid and not infringed.  The Federal Circuit reversed, but then the case settled on appeal after the Supreme Court referred the case to the Solicitor General for review and comment.
  • Aero Products International, Inc. and Robert Chaffee v. Intex Recreation Corp. et al., N.D. Ill. (2002-2004). Represented Aero Products International and Robert Chaffee in a patent and trademark case relating to inflatable beds. After a seven-day jury trial, the jury awarded Aero $13 million for willful patent and trademark infringement, including interest and fees. Intex was subsequently found to be in contempt of the court's injunction, and the patent award was affirmed on appeal.
  • Viskase Corp. v. American National Can Co., N.D. Ill. (1993-1996). Represented Viskase Corp. in a patent infringement case relating to heat-shrinkable plastic films. The case settled on appeal after a 12-day jury trial and an award to Viskase of $102 million.
  • Peabody Myers v. Vac-Con, D. Fla. (1987-1990). Represented Peabody Myers in a patent infringement action relating to sewer cleaning equipment. The case settled on appeal after a 10-day bench trial.
  • Those Characters from Cleveland v. J.J. Gams, Inc., et al., S.D. N.Y. (1986-1992). Represented J.J. Gams, Inc., et al. in a contract, trade dress, unfair competition and copyright infringement case relating to toy products. Successfully obtained reversal of TRO and won the IP side of the case after a five-day bench trial.
  • American Photo-Graphics v. Ronald D. Edhlund, Chicago, American Arbitration Association (1985-1986). Represented Ronald D. Edhlund in employment agreement dispute. Won case after six-day arbitration.
  • Oshkosh Truck v. Lockheed, N.D.Calif. (1985-1987). Represented Oshkosh Truck in a DJ action involving patent infringement, validity and license issues relating to an articulated vehicle. Won case after a four-week jury trial.
  • Moore v. Stewart, D. Arkansas (1982-1983). Represented Moore in design patent infringement, copyright infringement and unfair competition case relating to toy train whistles. Won case after four-day bench trial.
TROs and Preliminary Injunctions
  • World Kitchen (GHC), LLC v. Zyliss Haushaltwaren, AG and Zyliss USA Corporation, N.D. Ill. (2005-2006). Represented Zyliss Haushaltwaren and Zyliss USA in patent infringement action relating to salad spinner with a brake. Successfully defeated plaintiff's request for a preliminary injunction. Affirmed on appeal.
  • Tilia International, Inc. v. The Rival Company, In the Matter of Certain Home Vacuum Packaging Machines, U.S. International Trade Commission (2003-2004). Represented The Rival Company in a patent infringement action relating to vacuum packaging machines and bags used therewith. The case settled after Tilia's Motion for a Temporary Exclusion Order was successfully defeated.
  • The Rival Company v. TPI Corporation, N.D. Georgia (1996-1997). Represented The Rival Company in a copyright infringement, trade secrets, patent infringement case relating to an industrial fan company's unauthorized use of Rival's business materials and information. Filed TRO and the case settled after consent order obtained against defendant.
  • Those Characters from Cleveland v. J.J. Gams, Inc., et al., S.D. N.Y. (1986-1992). Represented J.J. Gams, Inc., et al. in a contract, trade dress, unfair competition and copyright infringement case relating to toy products. Successfully obtained reversal of TRO and won the IP side of the case after a five-day bench trial.
  • Keystone Camera Products Corporation v. Ansco Photo-Optical Products Corporation v. W. Haking Enterprises Limited, N.D. Ill. (1987-1988). Represented Keystone Camera Products in trade dress infringement case relating to colored cameras. The case settled after denial of preliminary injunction.
  • Pizazz v. Perfect Pearl, N.D. Ill. (1984). Represented Pizazz in a copyright infringement case relating to costume jewelry. Successfully obtained a TRO and case settled shortly thereafter.
Press Releases & Events
August 15, 2017

CHICAGO—Fifteen attorneys 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 2018...

July 13, 2017

CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione is a “top U.S. boutique” and a “Chicago IP stalwart” with “deep reservoirs of prosecution and litigation experience,” according to Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) ...

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...

June 06, 2017

CHICAGO—For the fourth consecutive year, Managing Intellectual Property, publisher of the annual comprehensive legal directory IP STARS, has accorded a Highly Recommended ranking to the Illinois office of intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, and a Recommended ranking to the firm’s office in North Carolina. Managing IP also ranked Brinks’ office in Ann Arbor, Mich., office as Recommended...

May 26, 2017

CHICAGO—Chambers USA, an annual guide to the world’s best lawyers and law firms, has again ranked Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, in Band 1 in the intellectual property practice area for Illinois, and has recognized four Illinois-based Brinks attorneys for their notable contributions to the practice of IP law...

April 07, 2017

CHICAGO—William H. Frankel, a shareholder and litigator at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, is a contributing author of the recently released book Copyright Litigation Strategies, a publication of the American Bar Association (ABA)...

March 27, 2017
CHICAGO—Six attorneys and shareholders at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been selected for inclusion in Euromoney PLC’s 2017 Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners: William H. ...
February 09, 2017

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

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 27, 2016
CHICAGO—Chambers USA, an annual guide to the world's best lawyers and law firms, has again placed intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione in Band 1 for IP law firms in Illinois, its highest level of ...
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 ...
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 ...

December 10, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MI—Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms ...

November 16, 2015

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

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 ...
June 01, 2015
CHICAGO—Nine attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named IP Stars for 2015 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. For the second year in a row, the publication also designated Brinks' offices ...
May 19, 2015
CHICAGO—Chambers USA, an annual guide to the world's best lawyers and law firms, has elevated intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione to Band 1 for IP law firms in Illinois, its highest designation. Four individual ...
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 ...
August 06, 2014
CHICAGO—Six shareholders at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, have been named among the world's leading trademark lawyers by Who's Who Legal – Trademarks ...
June 05, 2014
CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has again this year received high recognition in Chambers USA's annual rankings of the nation's law firms, once more placing in ...
June 03, 2014
CHICAGO—Fourteen attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to appear in its second edition of IP Stars for 2014. Brinks attorneys named include firm ...
January 14, 2014
CHICAGO -- Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, has announced the 2014 chairpersons of its legal and industry practice groups and geographic task forces. The firm added a new practice group ...
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 05, 2013
CHICAGO—Chambers USA has placed Chicago-based intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione in Band 2 for IP law firms in its 2013 national rankings, and has recognized five Brinks lawyers for their achievements in the intellectual ...
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 ...
June 19, 2013
CHICAGO — LAF, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance to tens of thousands of low-income, elderly and disabled individuals in Chicago and suburban Cook County, has honored Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione with its ...
June 05, 2013
ANN ARBOR - Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces the publication of the third edition of its intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law. 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 15, 2013
CHICAGO – With the America Invents Act fresh on the minds of intellectual property attorneys nationwide, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) has published its 2013 edition of Intellectual Property Law as part of its ...
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, ...
January 15, 2013
CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione has added four new attorneys as chairs of its firm-wide practice groups and formed two new task forces to focus on intellectual property legal services to clients in Germany and Brazil. Appointees include ...
January 04, 2013
CHICAGO – Thirty-eight attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named in the 2013 Super Lawyers Illinois Edition, in the categories of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Alternate Dispute Resolution ...
October 09, 2012
CHICAGO – Five Brinks attorneys have been recognized in the 2012 International Who’s Who Legal - Trademarks, bringing to eight the number of Brinks attorneys listed in the Who’s Who Legal compendium. Name shareholder Jerome ...
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 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 ...
June 22, 2012
On June 22, William H. Frankel will be presenting, "Licensing Agreements 101" at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's Program in Chicago, IL.
June 20, 2012
CHICAGO–Intellectual property attorney William H. Frankel, a shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione in Chicago, was elected chair of the Midwest Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (CSUSA) at the group’s 2012 Annual Meeting. ...
Honors
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Copyright Law and Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013, 2015-2018
  • Copyright Law "Lawyer of the Year" - Chicago, The Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Illinois IP Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2005-2017
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property magazine, 2013, 2014, 2016-2017
  • Who’s Who Legal – Patent 2015
  • Who’s Who Legal - Trademarks, 2010-2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Named, Euromoney Expert Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners, 2009, 2015, 2017
  • Leading Patent Practitioner, Intellectual Asset Management magazine's "IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners," 2012-2017
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2004-2014
  • Leading Lawyer, Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law, 2009
  • Named, Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Law Experts, 2000
  • "AV" Peer-Review Rated, highest ranking for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell, since 1984
  • Qualified Lanham Act Neutral in Voluntary Mediation Program, N.D. Ill.
Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
    Litigation Section
    Patent, Trademark & Copyright Section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
    Secretary, 2001-2003
    Board of Managers, 1999-2001
    Copyright Committee
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • International Patent and Trademark Association
  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts
    President, 2004-2008
    Board Member, 1985-Present
  • Richard Linn American Inn of Court
    Master
  • The Copyright Society of the USA
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