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Brinks Gilson & Lione Patent Litigator Ralph Gabric Discusses Claim Construction at FCBA 2017 Bench & Bar Conference
May 31, 2017

CHICAGO—Ralph J. Gabric, a shareholder and patent litigator at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, will be a panelist for the session “Claim Construction,” at the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s 2017 Bench & Bar Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on June 22, 2017.

Gabric and a panel of patent law practitioners, including inside counsel from biotechnology leader Amgen and technology giants Microsoft and Facebook, will explore unsettled topics concerning the interpretation of claim language, including how much weight to accord to a term’s ordinary meaning, the patent’s specification, and extrinsic evidence; means-plus-function claiming after Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC; and the definiteness requirement after Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc.

Gabric, who co-chairs Brinks’ litigation practice group, focuses his practice on protecting and defending innovations related to diverse technologies. During his nearly 30 years as a patent attorney, he has represented generic pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman litigation, appeared as lead counsel in numerous cases involving drug products, and assisted clients with regulatory and pre-litigation strategies. Gabric is a frequent speaker and author on topics in patent law.

The FCBA 2017 Bench & Bar Conference will be held June 21 to June 24, 2017 at The Coeur d'Alene Resort. Topics to be explored include next-generation ethics and diversity, appeals to the Federal Circuit from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board, trade and trade secrets, and disrupters and challenges to innovation. Detailed information is at

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Celebrating its centennial year in 2017, Brinks Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the US, and helps clients around the world to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks Gilson & Lione’s more than 140 lawyers, patent agents and scientific advisors assist clients in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, and copyright law. Brinks attorneys provide informed counsel with respect to innovations in a range of complex and valuable technologies, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, bioengineering, industrial manufacturing, electronics and software, and medical devices. More information is at

About FCBA
The Federal Circuit Bar Association is a national bar organization for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Founded in 1985, it seeks to promote objective and inclusive dialogue, and assist in improving and facilitating the administration of justice in the Circuit’s community. More information is at