Area Of Focus

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Green Technology

Our Green Technology Practice Group has deep technical and legal experience in all aspects of developing, procuring, defending, and enforcing intellectual property rights across the spectrum of green technologies. Throughout our legal processes, we employ sustainable practices and consider ourselves pioneers in the protection of green technologies and our environment.

With more than 35 attorneys and agents focused in the green technology space, this practice group offers a wealth of experience in green technology acquired through our work in all aspects of developing, procuring, and litigating intellectual property rights. We have all the tools to assist with the creation, protection and commercialization of IP rights for our clients. 
 
Our Green Technology Practice Group comprises a diverse collection of attorneys and scientific advisors who can address the challenges faced by companies in this rapidly expanding field. Our practitioners possess a wealth of talent acquired through years of experience in all aspects of developing, procuring, and litigating intellectual property rights for green technologies and sustainable practices ranging from solar power to organic foods.
 
Brinks has the multidisciplinary experience and advanced degrees in a wide range of technical backgrounds, including chemistry, biology, nanotechnology, as well as structural, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. The areas we focus on include, but are not limited to:

  • Biofuels
  • Green Buildings
  • Hybrid and electrical vehicles, batteries and fuel cells
  • Organic agriculture
  • Solar, wind, hydroelectric, nuclear and geothermal energy devices
  • Sustainable synthetic chemistry methodologies
  • Waste treatment, recycling and atmospheric pollution
  • Water conservation and purification
Forward Thinking
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On June 5, 2017, the Federal Circuit arrived at two different conclusions concerning whether a case is exceptional under 35 U.S.C. § 285, reversing the district court in both cases...

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On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (Case No. 16-341) altering the landscape of venue for patent infringement litigation...

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In Helsinn Healthcare S.A., v. Teva Pharm. USA, Inc., the Federal Circuit recently held that, despite changes to the statutory language of § 102 under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), the Court’s pre-AIA interpretation of the on-sale bar remains the same with respect to public sales...

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On April 7, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced its PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative...

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On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) denied Google’s petition for rehearing en banc.  Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., ___ F.3d. ___, Case No. 2015-1812 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 4, 2017).  In the petition, Google asked the CAFC to overturn Versata Development Group, inc. v. SAP America, Inc., 793 F.3d 1306 (Fed. Cir. 2015) in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, 136 S. Ct. 2131 (2016)...

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On Monday, March 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Group LLC, (Case No. 16-341)...

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The State Intellectual Property Office of China (“SIPO”) on March 1, 2017 finalized the amendment to its Guidelines for Examination; the amendments included patentability of business method patents, enhanced claiming options for software-related inventions, post-filing submission of experimental data for chemical inventions, liberalized amendment practice in post-grant invalidation proceedings, and availability of prosecution documents of Chinese patents and applications...

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Since implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, inter partes review (“IPR”) and other post-grant proceedings have been used successfully...

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

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In Medtronic, Inc. v. Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc., the Federal Circuit discussed the non-appealable...

 

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On October 6th, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a greatly anticipated study, the subject ..

 

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On July 25, 2016, the Federal Circuit, in In re Magnum Oil Tools Int’l, reversed the final decision of an inter partes ...

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On July 11, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) announced a new Post-Prosecution ...  

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On June 23, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to exit the European Union (EU) – a decisive move whimsically known ...

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The Federal Circuit, in an en banc decision, held that to be “on sale” under pre-AIA § 102(b), a product must be the ...

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In vacating a District Court grant of summary judgment that a patent directed to a cryopreservation process was ...

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On June 21, 2016, the Federal Circuit, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., held that a patent application filed as a continuation of an earlier application on the issue date of the earlier application has been “filed before the patenting” of the earlier application, and therefore is entitled to the earlier application’s filing date under 35 U.S.C. § 120...

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On June 17, 2016, IP Frontline published an article entitled, “Never Late is Better: PTAB Denies Petitioners Motion in IPR After Missing Filing Deadline By Minutes” written by Oluwafemi Masha, Kent E. Genin and Jennifer Fox.  Please ...
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On May 23, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision denying motions...

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On May 13, 2016, the Federal Circuit, in Merck & Cie v. Watson Labs., Inc., held that an offer for sale that qualifies as a commercial offer under the law governing contracts...

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The Supreme Court recently granted a petition for writ of certiorari to review the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision in SCA Hygiene Prods. Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Prods., LLC.

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President Obama signed into law yesterday the Defend Trade Secrets Act, establishing for the first time an ostensibly uniform national trade secret protection standard...
 

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On April 25, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case, Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, No. 15-446, that seeks to determine whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board...

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Suggestions to amend or abolish 35 U.S.C. § 101 of the Patent Act are increasing in light of the number of software and biological patents...

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On April 4, 2016 the United States Senate unanimously passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (S. 1890). 

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Brinks is sponsoring the IEEE GreenTech Conference in Kansas City, MO, on April 7th, 2016

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On March 31, 2016 Craig Buschmann's article, "A Review Of Automaker Patent Licensing Strategies" was published by Law360. Click here to read more. 
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On Friday, January 15, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in In re Cuozzo Speed ...

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SALT LAKE CITY—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law ...

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On July 20, 2015 Michael Gzybowski was mentioned in Detroit Legal News. Click here to read more.
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SALT LAKE CITY—Ryan L. Marshall and Craig Buschmann, attorneys in the Salt Lake City office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, have again been included in the 2015 Super Lawyers Mountain States list, the rating service's annual regional listing ...
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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 ...
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ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Six attorneys from the Michigan offices of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have been named or reappointed to firm-wide Practice Group Chairs within the Firm for ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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On August 31, 2012, the Federal Circuit issued its highly anticipated en banc decision regarding Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., No. 2009-1372, -1380, -1416, -1417 and McKesson Technologies, Inc. v. Epic Systems Inc., No. ...
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CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago’s largest intellectual property law firm and one of the largest IP firms in the country, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a new charter school, Legal Prep, slated to open this fall in ...
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CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione today announced the five finalists in the 4th Annual Brinks Innovation Competition: Arid Technologies, based in Wheaton, Ill.; GreenSand, based in Lake Linden, Mich.; Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies ...
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is set to mark a milestone in its history next week, with the opening of its first regional office. On July 13, 2012, the “Elijah J. McCoy U. S. Patent and Trademark Office” officially opens its doors ...
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