CHICAGO – LAWFUEL – Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the larg…

CHICAGO – LAWFUEL – Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, is pleased to announce that seven attorneys have been elected shareholders of the firm effective January 1, 2007.

“These attorneys epitomize the depth of talent, knowledge, experience and dedication that has enabled Brinks to protect our clients’ intellectual property interests, from prosecuting applications to resolving the most complex litigation matters,” said Gary M. Ropski, president of Brinks. “We are proud of their accomplishments, commitment to their clients and contributions to pro bono and civic activities.”

The new shareholders in alphabetical order are:

Lawrence G. Almeda (Ann Arbor, Michigan) focuses his practice on patent opinions and prosecution in the medical, chemical, nanotechnology and mechanical arts. His practice has an emphasis on medical devices, nanomaterials, micro- and nano-devices, petroleum and chemical processes, polymers, fuel cells, hybrid engines and polycarbonate glazing systems. Mr. Almeda also has significant experience in counseling clients on patent infringement and validity evaluations. Mr. Almeda is president of the Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association and chair of the Business Law Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. He is an active member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Bar Association. A leader in the community, he was recently selected to participate in Leadership Detroit, a regional leadership program sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation. Mr. Almeda received his LL.M. in intellectual property from The John Marshall Law School, his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, where he was a published member of the Law Review, and his B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University.

David H. Bluestone focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis in the electrical and mechanical arts. He has experience in a range of technologies, including biomedical devices, signal processing, Internet-based applications, valves, navigation systems, plastics and electronic monitoring systems. His practice also includes counseling clients in the areas of patent and unfair competition law and he has experience in copyright matters, including a successful appeal in the United States Copyright Office. Mr. Bluestone received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.S. in electrical engineering, with honors, from the University of Illinois.
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Vincent J. Gnoffo practices intellectual property law with a focus on patent prosecution and opinions in the electrical, computer and mechanical arts. He has significant experience in technologies including the Internet, computer software and networks, digital encoding, electronic circuitry, telecommunications, semiconductors, business methods, medical devices and mechanical equipment. His practice includes both U.S. and foreign prosecution. Mr. Gnoffo is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono and Docket Oversight Committees. He received his J.D., cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School and his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Howard S. Michael practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on trademark, unfair competition, trade dress, false advertising, copyright, trade secret and licensing matters. His particular areas of expertise include implementing trademark enforcement programs, global trademark dispute resolution, trademark litigation and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Michael received his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and his B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan.

John F. Nethery focuses his practice on patent prosecution and patent opinions. Mr. Nethery has experience with a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, LCD displays, network load balancers, digital signal processor architectures, filter design, satellite antenna design, analog and digital signal coding and transmission, audio signal processing, cellular communications, satellite computer system design and medical diagnostic X-ray and ultrasound imaging. Mr. Nethery received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, his M.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois and his B.S. in computer engineering and his B.S. in computer science, with distinction, from Iowa State University.

Jeffry M. Nichols focuses his intellectual property practice on patent litigation, counseling and prosecution. Mr. Nichols is active in several civic organizations, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society, as well as legal organizations such as the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and Licensing Executives Society. Mr. Nichols also regularly works on pro bono matters referred by the Lawyers for the Creative Arts and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law and his B.S. in chemistry from Truman State University (formerly known as Northeast Missouri State University).

Richard E. Stanley Jr. focuses his practice on patent prosecution and litigation in the mechanical, electrical and computer arts. Prior to joining Brinks, Mr. Stanley was a mechanical, design, quality and manufacturing engineer at John Deere. He received his J.D. from Baylor University Law School and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Mr. Stanley also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa.

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Founded in 1917, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is based in Chicago with four additional offices across the country serving the intellectual property needs of clients from around the world. The firm is one of the largest IP law firms in the country, with more than 150 attorneys, scientific
advisors and patent agents specializing in intellectual property litigation and all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, intellectual asset management, and technology and licensing agreements. Brinks routinely handles assignments in fields as diverse as electrical, chemical, mechanical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, nanotechnology, Internet and computer technology, as well as in trademarks and brand names for a wide variety of products and services. For more information, visit

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