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Chambers USA Recognizes Chicago IP Law Firm Brinks, Five Leading Attorneys Rank in Top Bands Nationally
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 property category.

Brinks' immediate past-president Gary M. Ropski ranks in Band 1 for intellectual property law, and senior shareholder and nationally known trademark authority Jerome Gilson ranked in the Senior Statesman Band. They are joined by Brinks shareholders Laura Beth Miller (Band 3), who co-leads Brinks' International Trade Commission (ITC) practice group, Ralph J. Gabric (Band 4), who leads its litigation practice group, and William H. Frankel (Band 4), who leads the firm's copyright practice group.

Brinks shareholder and immediate past president Gary Ropski has practiced intellectual property law at the firm for more than 35 years. A trial and appellate lawyer, Mr. Ropski emphasizes the need to make complex topics easily understandable by a judge and jury, and has often used creative visual and computer-generated techniques at trial. He has participated in more than 100 intellectual property cases, including jury trials and almost two dozen appeals, including at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Ropski has litigated in every federal judicial circuit in the United States and in almost all of the top ten districts for patent litigation. He also taught patent and copyright law for 17 years at Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Ropski is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Illinois and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as numerous federal courts.

Jerome Gilson, a senior shareholder at Brinks and a world-renowned trademark authority, has specialized in trademark and unfair competition law almost 50 years. He is the original author of the landmark 10-volume law treatise, Gilson on Trademarks, and now collaborates with Anne Gilson LaLonde on its updates. He has helped some of the largest trademark owners in the world protect their brands. Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and eight Courts of Appeals around the country, Mr. Gilson is member of INTA, the ABA, and the IPLAC, and served on the board of editors for the Northwestern Law Review. He has won with Ms. LaLonde four Burton Awards for Outstanding Legal Writing and in 2011 received World Trademark Review's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Laura Beth Miller is a skilled trial attorney with experience in IP law, antitrust and commercial litigation, and presently co-chairs the ITC Practice Group at Brinks Gilson & Lione. Ms. Miller focuses her practice on district court litigation and ITC proceedings, and her experience includes counseling clients in trade secret protection, trademark clearance and use, patent and copyright protection, antitrust and licensing matters in electrical, computer, Internet, chemistry, biotechnology and mechanical arts. An adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School, Ms. Miller has been named a Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer and one of the Top 50 Women Business Litigation Lawyers in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network. She is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Illinois and the USPTO, as well as numerous federal courts.

Ralph J. Gabric, who chairs Brinks' litigation practice group, focuses on high-stakes patent litigation and related antitrust matters. With over two decades of trial experience, Mr. Gabric has substantial first- and second-chair responsibilities in bench and jury trials. His litigation experience includes Markman hearings, preliminary injunctions, temporary restraining orders, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals. Mr. Gabric has represented clients from a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, e-commerce, electronic trading, analytical instrumentation, chemical, and computer software and hardware. He has lectured on patent litigation, ethics, and patent licensing and has written about trade dress protection and dispute resolution. Mr. Gabric is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and Federal District Courts in the Northern District of Illinois, the Western District of Michigan and the Southern District of Indiana. He is also registered to appear before the USPTO.

Brinks shareholder William H. Frankel has over 30 years of IP experience focused on patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition litigation in jury and non-jury cases, and he chairs Brinks' copyright practice group. His practice includes patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition litigation in jury and non-jury cases; international intellectual property litigation and counseling; and licensing. He has counseled clients in a variety of technologies in strategies relating to IP licensing, worldwide patent protection and the coordinating legal strategies in global IP disputes. Mr. Frankel serves on the Board of Lawyers for the Creative Arts as a past President. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar and before the USPTO.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks 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. Brinks has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at