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Brinks Announces Practice Group Chairpersons for 2014, Adds Post Grant Patent Review Group in Patent Practice
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 for post grant patent review, specifically to counsel clients on patent litigation strategies under the provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) enacted in 2011. Shareholders Kelly K. Burris and Marc V. Richards co-chair the new practice, which oversees the firm's proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including post-grant and inter partes reviews, covered business method reviews, interferences, and ex parte reexaminations.

Other new appointees as practice chairpersons this year are shareholder Christopher M. Dolan, who will lead the trademark and unfair competition legal practice group, and Manish K. Mehta, who will co-chair the India Task Force. Brinks also reappointed 24 attorneys as chairs of existing firm-wide practice groups.
As part of its ongoing commitment to serving the IP needs of clients in established and rapidly developing global markets, Brinks continues to maintain task forces for Brazil, China, Germany, India, and Israel. The task forces advance the interests of clients in these countries on the strength of Brinks' attorneys' cultural familiarity, language skills, and relationships with top local IP attorneys in each.

Brinks’ 2014 practice group and task-force chairpersons are:

Legal Practice Groups
Appellate -- Jay H. Reiziss and Laura A. Lydigsen
Copyright -- William H. Frankel
Intellectual Asset Management -- Michael N. Spink
International Patent -- Michael E. Milz
International Trade Commission -- Laura Beth Miller and Carl C. Charneski
International Trademark -- Mary M. Squyres
Licensing -- Margaret A. Dobrowitsky
Litigation -- Ralph J. Gabric
Patent Prosecution -- Andrew D. Stover
Post Grant Patent Review -- Kelly K. Burris and Marc V. Richards
Trade Secret -- Robert S. Mallin
Trademark and Unfair Competition -- Christopher M. Dolan
Industry Practice Groups
Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals -- Jeffry M. Nichols and William R. Boudreaux
Chemical, Energy & Agriculture -- Allen R. Baum and Craig Buschmann
Electrical & Computer -- John F. Nethery
Green Technology -- Kelly K. Burris
Mechanical -- Eric J. Sosenko
Medical Devices -- Bradley G. Lane
Nanotechnology -- Lawrence G. Almeda
Task Forces
Brazil -- Lawrence G. Almeda
China -- Gustavo Siller, Jr.
Germany -- Gary M. Ropski
India -- Nicholas G. de la Torre and Manish K. Mehta
Israel -- William H. Frankel

Brinks Gilson & Lione
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