Trademark Law News – World Trademark Review Ranks Brinks in Gold Band

Gilson, Fleming, Handelman, Squyres, Slavick Win Individual Honors

CHICAGO – 24 January 2013 – – Trademark Law News – In the third annual World Trademark Review 1000 – The Definitive Guide to Trademark Legal Services, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione has been rated in the Gold Band as a top Illinois firm and in the Silver Band nationally for trademark matters.

World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR) awards Gold, Silver and Bronze Bands to firms and individuals that attract the most positive feedback with regard to their trademark practices. Gold-ranked firms and practitioners are the best of the best, their success hinging on “reputations established over lengthy periods of time.” WTR is the only stand-alone ranking publication to focus exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners.

“This well-established boutique is celebrated locally and nationally for its outstanding levels of quality and talent,” WTR notes in its description of Brinks, adding that Brinks’ “seasoned team” has “played a central role in its enduring success.”

Five Brinks attorneys also received individual profiles in WTR on the strength of their achievements, including shareholders Jerome Gilson, David S. Fleming, Jeffrey A. Handelman, Scott J. Slavick and Mary M. Squyres.

Name shareholder Jerome Gilson, recipient of the 2011 WTR Lifetime Achievement Award, is one of only two attorneys in the individual Illinois Luminaries category. “Greatly esteemed” in the legal community, Mr. Gilson is the original author of the landmark 10-volume law treatise, Gilson on Trademarks. With extensive experience in trademark and unfair competition law, he has been serving Brinks clients exclusively for more than 45 years, and has helped some of the largest trademark owners in the world protect their brands..

Shareholder David S. Fleming was awarded the Silver Band, Enforcement and Litigation, in national rankings, and Gold Band, Enforcement and Litigation, among attorneys in Illinois. Noting his “litigation prowess,” WTR describes Mr. Fleming as “a premier choice when it comes to high-stake battles.” Former chair of Brinks’ Trademark Litigation Practice, Mr. Fleming handles trademark and unfair competition matters for clients in a range of service and manufacturing industries, including Internet search, motion pictures, consumer products, real estate brokerage and travel services.

Recognized with Bronze Band status in Enforcement and Litigation, shareholder Jeffery Handelman, author of Guide to TTAB Practice, the highly-regarded treatise on practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, has a “brilliant understanding of litigation process and strategy,” notes WTR. Mr. Handelman is frequently invited to speak on intellectual property topics at organizations such as the American Law Institute, Practising Law Institute and American Bar Association.

WTR also recognizes “longstanding expert” Mary Squyres in the Silver Band, Enforcement and Litigation, in the Illinois listings. Citing her tremendous insight into global issues and protocol, WTR notes that she “devises highly effective strategies for brand development and enforcement.” Ms. Squyres is chair of the firm’s International Trademark Practice and works with leading clients in transportation, consumer retail, the food industry and in academia. She has managed numerous trademark actions in more than a dozen jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Described as “dexterous and cooperative,” shareholder Scott Slavick is ranked in the Silver Band, Prosecution and Strategy, and in the Bronze Band, Enforcement and Litigation, among Illinois attorneys. WTR notes that Mr. Slavick is “widely recognized” for his “agile management of domestic and foreign-owned portfolios.” A frequent speaker and author on a range of topics relating to trademark law, he has also developed a particular expertise in the legal analysis of the implications of using social media to further commercial interests.

WTR rankings are based on firm surveys, telephone interviews and correspondence conducted with hundreds of lawyers and their clients involved in trademark matters. Firms and individuals are selected for the publication on the basis of their eliciting positive responses. Firms qualify for a listing on the basis of their depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work for which they are typically retained, as assessed by knowledgeable and qualified market sources.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks 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. Brinks has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis and Detroit. More information is available at

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