Brinks Gilson & Lione

NBC Tower, 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60611, United States
Phone: 312.321.4200
Fax: 312.321.4299
Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Litigation
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
Other U.S. Locations
  • D.C.
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • Utah
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Ninth Circuit Confirms GOOGLE Is Not Generic

On May 16, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the GOOGLE trademark had not become generic, providing guidance on preventing genericide. Elliott et al. v. Google, Inc., No. 15-cv-15809, 2017 US…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Supreme Court Alters the Landscape of Venue for Patent Infringement Litigation

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (Case No. 16-341) altering the landscape of venue for patent infringement litigation. The Supreme…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Federal Circuit Maintains Pre-AIA Interpretation of the On-Sale Bar for Public Sales

In Helsinn Healthcare S.A., v. Teva Pharm. USA, Inc., the Federal Circuit recently held that, despite changes to the statutory language of § 102 under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), the Court’s pre-AIA…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

How Many Bites at the Apple?

Three. At least this was the case in Xactware Solutions, Inc. v. Eagle View Technologies, Inc. (IPR2017-00021; hereinafter the “third petition”) where the Board denied institution of Petitioner’s third attempt to invalidate US…more
 /  Administrative Law, Intellectual Property

[Webinar] PTAB and the District Courts - May 18th, 12:00pm CT

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, Gary Ropski, Miyoung Shin, Jafon Fearson, and Alex Wang will present the webinar, PTAB and the District Courts. This Post Grant Patent practice group webinar will discuss interplay between the PTAB and…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Understanding Patent Applications and Methods for Best Approaches in Europe and the U.S.  [Video]

For patent applications, the disclosure requirements differ among various countries. Two of the most important territories, the United States and the European Patent Convention, scrutinize parts of the patent disclosure…more
 /  Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

2017 IP Developments [Video]

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys discuss the issues that will be front and center on the minds of intellectual property departments and attorneys in 2017. Firm president Jim Sobieraj will moderate this panel of presentations by…more
 /  Intellectual Property

PTAB's Decision Not To Institute IPR Is Relevant In A Co-Pending ITC Investigation

ITC complainant Aspen Aerogels, Inc. (“Aspen”) filed on March 24, 2017 a motion and supporting memorandum to reopen proceedings for receipt of additional evidence. In the Matter of: Certain Composite Aerogel Insulation…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

The Patent Prosecution Highway | Brinks Webinar [Video]

In our continuing series, “Peeking Behind the Curtain – Explaining the Inner Workings of the US Patent Office,” we present “The Patent Prosecution Highway.” The webinar will discuss strategies and processes involved in the…more
 /  Business Organizations, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

USPTO Seeking Potential Reforms to PTAB Proceedings

On April 7, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced its PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) proceedings created under the America Invents Act (“AIA”) have been in existence…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Federal Circuit Confirms Judicial Review On PTAB's CBM Institution

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) denied Google’s petition for rehearing en banc. Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., ___ F.3d. ___, Case No. 2015-1812 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 4,…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Vague Claim Construction Arguments Before The PTAB May Trigger A Waiver On Appeal

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) upheld the patentability of U.S. Patent No. 8,601,154 (“the ‘154 patent”), owned by SimpleAir, Inc. (“SimpleAir”) in an inter partes review petition filed by Google. Google Inc. v…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

U.S. Supreme Court Hears TC Heartland Case

On Monday, March 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Group LLC, (Case No. 16-341). This case considers whether venue for a patent infringement case is proper in any…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

SCOTUS Determines That Decorations on Cheerleading Uniforms Are Conceptually Separable From Uniforms and Eligible For Copyright Protection

On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 6-2 ruling in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., et al., holding the decorative elements on Varsity Brands’ cheerleading uniforms were conceptually…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

SCA Hygiene v. First Quality Baby Products: Laches Defense Limited in Patent Infringement Cases

On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States held in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC that laches cannot be used as a defense against damages for patent infringement where the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property
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