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IP Law Firm Brinks Receives High Recognition in Illinois in IAM Patent 1000, Seven Attorneys Singled Out as Star Practitioners
June 16, 2014

CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione's Chicago office has again this year received high recognition in IAM Patent 1000The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, receiving distinction as Recommended in Illinois for patent prosecution and transactions, and placing in the Silver Band in Illinois for patent litigation.

The IAM Patent 1000, now in its third edition, shines a spotlight on the best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners and firms. Firms qualify for a listing on the basis of their depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically engaged.

IAM noted in its rankings that Brinks does a great job maintaining the utmost standards in both prosecution and litigation services, and that with its skill mix, the firm is ideally suited to post-grant work and finds itself in high demand in the post-America Invents Act environment. The publication cites the firm's mastery of the electrical arts and its recruitment of marquee names from the International Trade Commission (ITC) as foundations of its 'muscular Section 337 practice,' and notes that medical device and biopharmaceutical litigation are also strongholds for the contentious division.

The IAM Patent 1000 also featured seven individual Chicago-based Brinks attorneys who market sources identified for their exceptional skill sets and profound insights into patent matters. Says IAM, 'Companies seeking a group of smart, down-to-earth attorneys with a strong, Midwestern work ethic need look no further than Brinks Gilson & Lione.'

IAM singled out Brinks president James R. Sobieraj as a “wonderful litigator” who “can handle any matter.” Sobieraj oversees a deep bench that includes “smart as a whip” Gary M. Ropski—“a leader in the IP community”—and Ralph J. Gabric, “a composed lawyer who dispatches tricky questions from judges very effectively.” ITC practice chair Laura Beth Miller, who joins the IAM Patent 1000 for the first time this year, wins plaudits for her “even-keeled, detail-oriented and strategically savvy approach,' while copyright helmsman William H. Frankel 'also proves a dab hand on patent matters.'

At the prosecution end, IAM notes that medical devices and mechanical inventions are deftly dealt with by Andrew D. Stover, while Joseph F. Hetz displays dexterity on computer, communications and internet-related innovations. Both “understand where the true value in a patent lies and prosecute with that in mind.'

The IAM Patent 1000 seeks to produce the definitive list of the world’s leading patent experts on the basis of feedback received from over 1,500 telephone interviews with attorneys and in-house counsel. It is published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), a magazine that seeks to address the need for organizations to maximize the value of their IP and other intangibles, and to examine the strategies they can put in place to do this. The publication targets in-house counsel, senior executives, law firms, patent and trademark agents, academics, investors, and others who work with intellectual property.

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