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Trade Secrets
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In today's global economy, protecting human and intellectual capital has become a major priority. Trade secrets are invaluable company assets that provide an essential competitive advantage. The Trade Secret Group at Brinks Gilson & Lione is uniquely situated to assist clients with trade secret protection. The Brinks team brinks together a diverse group of lawyers with real-world work experience and legal acumen to address the diverse needs of clients, identify key legal issues, and provide the resources to protect clients' complex and valuable trade secrets.

The Trade Secret Group attorneys at Brinks work with clients to draft nondisclosure, confidentiality, non-competition and other employee-related agreements as wells as appropriate agreements for supplier and customer relationships--all designed to protect trade secrets and confidential information and to assist with risk avoidance in dealing with third-party information. In addition, the Trade Secret Group is experienced with drafting, negotiating and preparing license agreements involving trade secrets. 

Your innovations are essential to your business success. Brinks lawyers will help you develop and implement the best legal and business measures to safeguard your company's valuable trade secrets and confidential information. When litigation is necessary, Brinks is well-equipped with the resources to deal with the fast pace that drives trade secret cases. The Trade Secret Group will work with you in a cost-effective, value-driven manner to ensure that your trade secrets are fully protected to preserve your competitive advantage.

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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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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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The maker of “My Other Bag” tote bags received its hoped-for holiday gift in late December ...

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As part of its annual “Special 301” identification and review of countries that deny adequate and...

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Jim Cleland was mentioned in the People & Achievements column on Mlive.com for his recent designation as a 2017 Top Lawyer by DBusiness magazine.  Please click here to read the column.
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On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office launched its new electronic registration system ...

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ANN ARBOR–James Cleland, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been named a 2017 Top Lawyer by the Detroit business publication, DBusiness Magazine.  The Top Lawyer list appears in the publication’s Nov./Dec. 2016 issue...

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ANN ARBOR – James Cleland, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., says Michigan businesses just gained additional protection of their trade secrets following approval of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) by the U. S. House of Representatives today...

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Jeffery A. Handelman wrote the Guide to TTAB Practice for Aspen Publishers in 2007. ...

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On August 28, 2015 Brinks Gilson & Lione was mentioned in IPPro. The article notes the addition of ...

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On August 25, 2015 Mike Spink was featured in Detroit Legal Times regarding his article, 'Shh...Confidentiality agreements should be treated like trade secrets to ensure enforceability.'
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ANN ARBOR – According to Michael N. Spink, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., the news this summer that Ford Motor Company was charged with theft ...
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On July 23, 2015 Mike Spink's blog was mentioned in Crain's Detroit Business, Guest Blog Section, in the article, 'Why confidentiality agreements should be treated like trade secrets.' Click here to read more.
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On December 8, Gus Siller was featured in the article, 'Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Brinks' Gustavo Siller Jr.' in Law360. In the Law360 Q&A Gus gives insight on how he broke the glass ceiling in the legal industry, challenges ...
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On November 11, 2014, the article “Brazil's economic growth may be aided by increased understanding of IP protection”, written by LG Almeda, was published in Crain’s Detroit Business. Click here to read more.
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Steve Oberholtzer was quoted, and Joshua Ney and Jennifer Turchyn were pictured, in an article entitled “Learn and Links” published in the Washtenaw County Legal News section of LegalNews.com on July 7, 2014. Click here to ...
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Jeffery A. Handelman and Andrew J. Avsec were mentioned as counsel for Little Caesars in the Law360 article, 'Little Caesars Claims Ex-Manager Stole Trade Secrets,' on May 8, 2014.
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ANN ARBOR – James Cleland, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been reappointed for a second, two- year term to serve as a member of the ...
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Lyle Vander Schaaf was featured in the article, 'Trade & Customs,' in the January 2014 edition of Lawyer-Monthly.com. Read the article here.
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CHICAGO -- Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, has announced the 2014 chairpersons of its legal and industry practice groups and geographic task forces. The firm added a new practice group ...
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ANN ARBOR - Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces the third edition of its intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law, is now available in ...
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Lyle Vander Schaaf's Q&A was published in 'Trade & Customs,' Lawyer-Monthly.com, in January 2014.
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Michael S. Gzybowski wrote the article, 'IP in Depth: Expediting Patent Application Examinations,' for Ceramic Industry on December 2, 2013. Click here to read.
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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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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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At the beginning of 2012, Brinks Gilson & Lione welcomed James R. Sobieraj as the firm's new president. Please click here for a personal message from Jim, as well as details on the growth of the firm.
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Trademark attorneys and shareholders David Fleming and John Gabrielides ...

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Jerome Gilson is the original author of Gilson on Trademarks, a 10 volume treatise published by LexisNexis/Matthew-Bender in 1974. Supplements are available from 1975-present. For more information or to purchase a copy, visit  LexisNexis.
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Ralph J. Gabric contributed 'Chapter 2, Protecting Trade Dress,' to the second edition of Trade Dress and Product Configuration Law published by Aspen Law & Business in 1999.
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