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Brinks Gilson & Lione Names Patent Attorney Ryan Marshall Managing Shareholder in Salt Lake City
January 01, 2014

CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione has appointed patent attorney Ryan L. Marshall to the position of managing shareholder of its Salt Lake City office. Mr. Marshall assumed the role on January 1, 2014.

'Brinks continues to expand its patent prosecution and litigation practices in Salt Lake and the Mountain West as well as across the country,' said Mr. Marshall. 'I'm very pleased to be taking on this new role for the firm, as we take on new clients and continue to grow.'

Mr. Marshall has practiced as a patent attorney for over ten years and is deeply knowledgeable about the intricacies of patent prosecution and litigation, as well as about the complexities of inventions in the chemical arts. His practice is primarily focused on companies that explore new technologies in biotechnology, biochemistry and pharmaceuticals, and sustainable energy technologies.

At ease both in the courtroom and in working with examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Marshall’s experience allows him to offer valuable insights to his clients, guiding them through complex proceedings and better positioning them for successful prosecution and litigation.

As a hands-on teacher and lecturer, Mr. Marshall helps clients, colleagues and executives to understand recent changes in patent law—in particular, the implications of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)—and the latest strategies for protecting innovative technologies and challenging patents. Mr. Marshall’s frequent publications and presentations represent the breadth of his work, which extends to prosecuting trademarks and litigating patent, trade secret, trade dress and unfair trade practice claims.

Mr. Marshall earned his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University; while in law school he worked part-time as a patent agent and research chemist. He also received his B.A. in chemistry and his M.S. in organic chemistry from BYU, where he was a teaching assistant and conducted research on nucleoside and peptide chemistry, including the synthesis of novel compounds and characterization of protein interactions with lipopolysaccharides using spectroscopy and calorimetry.

Mr. Marshall was named to Mountain States Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, in 2013, and was named a 'Rising Star' by the same organization for 2009-2012. Utah Business named him to 'Utah Legal Elite' for 2009-2012. Mr. Marshall is a member of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA), and of its young lawyers and chemical practice group committees. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) – organic division, the Utah State Bar Association’s intellectual property law section, the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s emerging technologies committee, and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Mr. Marshall succeeds Brinks intellectual property attorney and long-time colleague Steven P. Shurtz as managing shareholder in Salt Lake City. Mr. Shurtz remains with the firm.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has more than 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.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at

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