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Brinks Patent Attorney Richards Elected to Steering Committee of AIPPI-US
November 26, 2013

CHICAGOMarc V. Richards, a patent attorney and shareholder at the Chicago office of intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, has been elected to a two-year term to the steering committee of AIPPI-US, the U.S. national group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and part of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). The steering committee is the governing board of AIPPI-US.

Mr. Richards, who has more than 20 years of experience at Brinks and who specializes in complex U.S. and international patent cases in diverse technologies, has been an active member of AIPPI, serving as U.S. group chair of the Q213 working committee at the AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress in Paris, France in 2010, and as international chair of AIPPI's Q217 working committee for the organization's forum and executive committee meeting in Hyderabad, India in 2011.

In 2013, Mr. Richards became co-chair of Brinks' post-grant patent practice, which oversees the firm's proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including post-grant and inter partes reviews, covered business method reviews, interferences, and reexaminations. A widely respected authority on patent-related issues, he has published and presented frequently on the subject. In 2013, Mr. Richards was named to Illinois Super Lawyers.

AIPPI, an international organization (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle, or AIPPI), was founded in 1887 after the signing of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. It counts more than 8,000 members.

AIPPI is comprised of businesses, executives, lawyers, educators, patent and trademark agents, intellectual property owners, and others interested in the elimination of unfair trade practices and the worldwide protection of patents, designs, trademarks, trade names, know how, goodwill, copyright, and other intellectual property rights.

AIPPI strives to act as a principal voice for the private sector in the field of intellectual property by advancing the development, expansion, and improvement of international and regional treaties and agreements, as well as national laws. More information is at

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Brinks Gilson & Lione has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at

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