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Accomplished Intellectual Property Litigator Eric C. Cohen Joins Brinks Gilson & Lione's Triangle Office
December 12, 2016

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione announced today that Eric C. Cohen has relocated to the firm’s Research Triangle Park, N.C. office, from Chicago. For over 35 years, Cohen has focused his practice on patent and other intellectual property litigation. He is a frequent speaker on patent law issues, and is a member of the board of directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. Cohen also serves as vice chair of the U.S. Post Grant Patent Office Practice Committee for the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

“Eric is an exceptional litigator whose talent and experience will be an asset to our clients and our team,” said Allen R. Baum, managing shareholder of the Research Triangle Park office. “I’m so pleased that he has decided to be part of our ongoing growth in North Carolina and the Southeast.”

Brinks’ Research Triangle Park team now numbers ten attorneys and one scientific advisor, and is one of the largest in the Southeastern US able to serve the intellectual property legal needs of clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, and agricultural sectors. The office was recently ranked in Tier 1, the highest designation, in Biotechnology Law and Patent Law by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers in the seventh annual edition of “Best Law Firms.”

“The Research Triangle is one of the most prominent research and development centers in the U.S.,” said Cohen.  “Brinks’ RTP attorneys, who have advanced scientific degrees and/or industry experience, are highly qualified to support the region’s innovation efforts,” he added. “These folks are problem solvers who capably guide clients through the thicket of laws and regulations relevant to patents and innovation.”

Cohen’s litigation practice has ranged from representation of Fortune 100 companies in litigation between competitors to defense of small entrepreneurs sued by patent predators. Recently, Cohen won one of the first inter partes review proceedings before the PTAB, which found that the disputed claims related to a zoomable web browser for smartphones were not patentable. Cohen argued the appeal and obtained a per curiam affirmance by the Federal Circuit the day after the argument. The technology at issue in Cohen’s cases has ranged from pharmaceutical products and complex chemical processes to electronics and software. When asked how he was able to handle such a diverse caseload, Cohen replied, “It is not the role of a trial lawyer to be an expert in the technology at issue in any particular case; rather, a trial lawyer must understand the issues, marshall the evidence, and effectively advocate for his or her client in a manner that a judge or jury can understand.”

Cohen has been consistently recognized in client and peer rankings, including the Leading Lawyers Network, Illinois Super Lawyers, and Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars. He graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, and holds a degree in physics from Case Western Reserve University.

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