Lawrence G. Almeda
Shareholder
Overview

“If you do not think forward for a client -- know their business, understand their mission, see their future -- you are not truly looking out for their best interests.”

With almost 20 years of experience in intellectual property law, Lawrence G. (“L.G.”) Almeda has helped secure and protect the innovations of the world’s largest corporations and the newest technology-based startups. L.G. chairs the firm’s Nanotechnology Practice Group and Brazil Task Force. He focuses his practice on patent opinions and prosecution in the medical, chemical, nanotechnology, oil, alternative energy, and mechanical arts.

L.G. focuses on advising clients on biomedical products involving a variety of technologies, including filters, occlusion devices, stents, catheters, wire guides, retrieval devices, and delivery systems. He also counsels clients on patent infringement investigations, patent invalidity opinions, patent landscape investigations, and licensing agreements.

With a background in chemical engineering, L.G. held technical positions in the petroleum and plastics sectors prior to his legal career. This direct industry experience has proven to be extremely valuable, especially in managing his teams charged with maintaining and leveraging his clients’ patent portfolios. L.G. understands both the technical and business challenges his clients face as they strive to succeed in competitive markets. As such, he always thinks forward, anticipating his clients’ needs and assessing the impact of the patent solutions he develops for them today on their future operations.

Clients have voiced their appreciation to L.G.’s A+ quality work product, high responsiveness, and full attention to detail. For L.G., it is imperative that he knows a client’s business thoroughly in order to provide tailored counsel that meets their unique business goals. He puts the same effort into developing and leading his client teams, choosing members who provide the best mix of legal talent and experience. In this way, L.G. serves his clients as a true partner, making their goals and challenges his own.

Education
  • LL.M.,
    The John Marshall Law School, 1999
  • J.D.,
    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1997
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering
    Purdue University, 1991
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Area of Focus
Experience | Non-Legal

Unocal Corporation
Process Engineer

Quantum Chemical Corporation
Student Research Engineer

Presentations
  • "Nano to Dough: Challenges and Approaches to Nano Funding and Commercialization," Nanomanufacturing Summit, Boston, Sept. 5, 2012
  • “The Importance of Freedom to Operate Opinions Before Entering Into the U.S. Market,” Sino-American Patent and Trademark Symposium, Foshan, China and Guangzhou, China, 2010
  • “Intellectual Property,” Moderator, Business Law & Order, Ann Arbor Spark, 2010
  • "US IP Law and Practice," BRIC Intellectual Property Forum, Beijing, China, 2009
  • “Intellectual Property Trends in Nanotechnology,” Moderator, NanoBusiness Alliance Conference, 2009
  • "Patents as Corporate Assets: Which Way is the Wind Blowing?" NAPABA 2008 Convention, 2008
  • "Issues in Intellectual Property Licensing," Invention to Venture: Workshops in Technology Entrepreneurship, 2008
  • "What is Patentable About Your Product or Business?" Ann Arbor IT Zone Seminar, 2007
  • "Intellectual Property Protection for Your Business," Washtenaw Community College, 2005
  • "Intellectual Property: An Outlook on Patents and Trade Secrets," IMRA America Seminar, 2004
  • "Avoiding Pre-Filing Pitfalls in Protecting Biomedical Innovation," University of Michigan Colleges of Engineering and Pharmacy International Symposium on Development and Manufacturing Needs in Health Care Industries, 2003
  • "Basics of Intellectual Property," Presentation at the Center for Entrepreneurship, Eastern Michigan University, 2003
  • "Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights," Washtenaw Community College, 2002 and 2003
Press Releases & Events
February 15, 2018

Ann Arbor, Mich.—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announced that six shareholders from the Ann Arbor office have been named firm-wide chairpersons of the firm’s legal and industry practice groups and internal committees for 2018...

October 10, 2017

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Lawrence G. Almeda, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a panelist at the OCA-Detroit B3 Leadership Summit on Oct. 14 in Madison Heights, Mich...

June 26, 2017

Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, announced that Keith D. Weiss, Ph.D., an intellectual property attorney in the firm’s Ann Arbor office, will be a presenter at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Nanotechnology, to be held July 25-28 in Pittsburgh...

June 06, 2017

CHICAGO—For the fourth consecutive year, Managing Intellectual Property, publisher of the annual comprehensive legal directory IP STARS, has accorded a Highly Recommended ranking to the Illinois office of intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, and a Recommended ranking to the firm’s office in North Carolina. Managing IP also ranked Brinks’ office in Ann Arbor, Mich., office as Recommended...

May 31, 2017

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Managing Intellectual Property magazine (MIP)  named eleven attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., to its annual list of IP Stars...

May 19, 2016
ANN ARBOR –Managing Intellectual Property magazine (MIP) named nine attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., to its annual list of IP Stars. The attorneys with Michigan connections ...
May 19, 2016
CHICAGO—For the third year in a row, Managing Intellectual Property magazine (MIP) has designated intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Illinois office as Highly Recommended in its annual rankings, and has ranked the ...
June 01, 2015
CHICAGO—Nine attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named IP Stars for 2015 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. For the second year in a row, the publication also designated Brinks' offices ...
May 26, 2015
ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces three attorneys from the Ann Arbor office are among 10 Brinks attorneys selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to ...
May 18, 2015
ANN ARBOR – Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., is a contributing author to Asian Americans in Michigan – Voices ...
October 23, 2014
CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione and the firm's past president, has been named the #1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, and fifty-nine ...
June 06, 2014
ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces four attorneys from the Ann Arbor office are among 14 Brinks attorneys selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to ...
June 03, 2014
CHICAGO—Fourteen attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to appear in its second edition of IP Stars for 2014. Brinks attorneys named include firm ...
January 17, 2014
ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Six shareholders from the Michigan offices of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, have been named or reappointed firm-wide chairpersons of the firm’s legal and ...
January 14, 2014
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 ...
Honors
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property magazine, 2013, 2014, 2016-2017
  • Legal 500, Recommended Intellectual Property Lawyer, 2014
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2014
  • Leader in the Law Award, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2011
  • Diversity Business Leader, Corp! magazine, 2010
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2009-2011, 2014
  • Law Review, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Affiliations
  • United States Commission on Civil Rights
    • Chair, State Advisory Committee, 2009-2011
    • Member, State Advisory Committee, 2007-2009
  • Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission
    • Secretary and Council Member, 2009-2011
  • Governor's Advisory Council on Asian Pacific American Affairs
    • Secretary, 2008-2011
    • Council Member, 2007-2011
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, 2007-2009
    • Chair, Business Law Section, 2006-2008
    • Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section, 2004-2006
  • Leadership Detroit, Graduate Class of 2007
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Board of Governors, Central Region Governor, 2009-2011
  • Board of Governors, Alternate Regional Governor, 2007-2008
  • Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association
    • President, 2006-2007
    • Vice President, 2005-2006
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Executive Council Member, Young Lawyers Section, 2002-2004
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association