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Brinks Shareholder William H. Frankel Elected Midwest Chair of Copyright Society
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.

Mr. Frankel heads the Copyright Practice at Brinks and has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property law, focusing on patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition litigation in jury and non-jury cases, as well as international intellectual property litigation and counseling. He has represented multinational clients in federal courts, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and in alternative dispute resolution forums in connection with injunction, trial, contempt and appellate proceedings.

A widely published author and speaker on intellectual property law topics, including litigation, copyright fair use, digital rights, ethics in intellectual property law practice, and intellectual property corporate compliance programs and audits, Mr. Frankel is co-author of Designing an Effective Intellectual Property Compliance Program (West Group – updated annually); Copyright Permissions (Copyright Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, 1996, 2005 eds.); and the Intellectual Property Law Handbook (Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2005 and updated in 2008). He was named in Euromoney PLC’s Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Trademark Law in 2000 and Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Experts in 2009. Since 2005, he has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer in intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Frankel has taught patent law as an adjunct professor at DePaul University and is a past president and remains a director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, a Chicago association of attorneys who provide pro bono assistance to artists and arts organizations in Chicago.

The CSUSA is dedicated to advancing the study and understanding of copyright law and related intellectual property rights, and the scope of rights in literature, music, art, theater, motion pictures, television, computer software, architecture, and other works of authorship, distributed via both traditional and new media. It has served business, lawyers and academics as a center of the U.S. copyright community since 1953 through meetings and publications, both nationally and through its 11 regional chapters.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 140 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 bachelors and advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor and Indianapolis. More information is available at

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