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Intellectual Property Attorney Daniel Spillman Rejoins Brinks Gilson & Lione in Indianapolis
April 19, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione announced today that patent attorney Daniel Spillman, formerly with Brinks from 2007 to 2011, has rejoined the firm in Indianapolis.

Spillman was most recently intellectual property corporate counsel at Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar, Inc., where he assisted and trained clients in developing global IP strategies, managed patent portfolios, and drafted and negotiated various IP agreements for its large and industrial engine power systems division and its advanced components and systems division. Spillman has experience with a range of innovations, including hydraulic components and systems, hydraulic hybrid technology, and engine emissions and after-treatment systems.

“Daniel’s technical expertise, diversified knowledge of intellectual property law, and experience at a Fortune 100 company will be tremendous assets to our clients,” said Sanders Hillis, managing shareholder of Brinks’ Indianapolis office. “We’re delighted to have him back on the Brinks team.” Spillman remarked, “I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin the tremendous team at Brinks. I embrace the opportunity to leverage my corporate IP experience to help clients develop, obtain, and appropriately manage their IP.”

Spillman began his legal career at Brinks after earning his J.D. at the University of Dayton School of Law. He counseled multiple clients in the mechanical and electromechanical arts, helping them build and manage their global IP portfolios, which included filing and prosecuting domestic and international patent and trademark applications on their behalf.

Spillman holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He is a volunteer teacher with Junior Achievement and with Street Law, Inc., non-profit organizations that teach young people about business, entrepreneurship, and the law.

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The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property. Brinks is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks lawyers provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. More information is at

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