Experienced International Trade Commission Standouts Reiziss, Charneski to Head Brinks Gilson & Lione's Practice
CHICAGO—The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) continues to be an “attractive tribunal in the age of highly complex intellectual assets and global competition,” says James R. Sobieraj, president of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms.
That’s why Brinks has asked former ITC attorney Jay H. Reiziss and former ITC Administrative Law Judge Carl C. Charneski, two attorneys deeply experienced in practice before the ITC, to co-chair the firm's ITC practice for 2015.
“The ITC offers fast injunctive relief and can intercede against infringing imports right at the point where those products enter the U.S.,” says Reiziss, a shareholder at Brinks who worked at the ITC from 1995 to 2007, in the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Chairman Stephen Koplan, and the Office of Unfair Import Investigations.
While an attorney with the ITC, Reiziss was involved in more than 50 Section 337 investigations involving patents, trademarks, and trade secrets in the areas of biotechnology, chemistry, computer hardware and software, and mechanical devices. His experience includes all aspects of litigation before ITC Administrative Law Judges, advising ITC Commissioners, and briefing and arguing matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This extensive experience at the ITC enables Reiziss to provide Brinks clients with unparalleled insights and access into the ITC’s Section 337 investigative process.
“Practicing before the ITC requires clients and advocates to know how the tribunal and its administrative law judges prefer to operate,” adds Charneski. “Success before the Commission demands deep understanding of case law, precedent, and the ITC’s key role in enforcing the Tariff Act of 1930 through Section 337 investigations.”
Charneski, who also co-chaired Brinks' ITC practice group in 2013 and 2014, focuses his practice at Brinks on international trade matters with an emphasis on representing clients in Section 337 investigations, and advises clients on litigation strategies before U.S. district courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. While at the ITC, Charneski managed fast-paced litigation dockets, presided over evidentiary hearings, and issued numerous decisions in Section 337 investigations involving allegations of patent, trademark, and copyright infringement as well as trade secret misappropriation affecting a wide range of high-tech industries.
The ITC is an attractive forum for owners of U.S. intellectual property rights, especially as damage awards are shrinking, because it offers accelerated procedures and powerful remedies under Section 337 in the form of exclusion orders that stop infringing products at the border, and cease-and-desist orders that halt further sales for products already in the country. But the ITC has complex procedural rules, and many proceedings have parallel district court cases.
The 39 attorneys in Brinks' ITC practice group offer clients the legal and technical expertise to navigate complex and specialized proceedings before the ITC, as well as parallel proceedings in federal district courts. The group includes patent attorneys and scientific advisors who are native speakers of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and German.
In 2014, Brinks was named Trade Law Firm of the Year: USA by Lawyer Monthly in its Legal Awards edition, principally on the strength of its International Trade Commission practice group.
Brinks Gilson & Lione The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property, making Brinks one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world rely on Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks attorneys provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. More information is available at www.brinksgilson.com.