Brinks Gilson & Lione Ann Arbor Shareholders named to 2019 Michigan Leading Lawyers List

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February 01, 2019
Ann Arbor, Mich. – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, announces that Jon Beaupré and James K. Cleland, both shareholders in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks, have been named to the 2019 Michigan Leading Lawyers list.  
Beaupré has a diverse practice, including IP litigation, managing patent portfolios, counseling clients on intellectual asset management, and preparing agreements and licenses. He has extensive oral advocacy experience, including summary judgment hearings, preliminary injunction proceedings, and oral arguments before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  Beaupré is a long-serving co-chair of the firm’s Post-Grant Patent Practice Group, through which Brinks offers strategic insight on challenging and defending patents in post-grant proceedings before the PTAB, such as Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceedings. 
In the spring of  2018, Beaupré presented “Navigating International Trade Commission (ITC) Investigations” at the 2018 Ningbo IP International High Level Congress l in China. The event was sponsored by the Ningbo Science and Technology Office, which helps implement science and technology laws and regulations, guidelines, and policies legislated in China. Beaupré discussed District Court litigation versus ITC litigation in the United States, expanding on ITC unfair trade practice cases (Section 337) with a detailed analysis using statistics and trends, a timeline and description of each phase of the case, and best practices. 
Cleland’s practice at Brinks focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition litigation in a broad range of technologies including the automotive, chemical, materials science, mechanical, electrical and medical device arts, as well as in client counseling, opinion and licensing work in those same areas. He is co-chair of Brinks’ Automotive Industry Group, which offers comprehensive counsel on intellectual property litigation, patent, licensing, trademark, copyright and trade secret issues involving nearly every major system associated with a vehicle, and has a close eye on the automotive market, including autonomy, mobility and connectivity, and the future of the industry.
Cleland’s extensive litigation experience includes trials, preliminary injunction hearings, Markman hearings, summary judgment proceedings and all aspects of fact and expert witness discovery, spanning federal courts across the country. He also focuses on post-grant review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the busiest patent forum in the country.
About Leading Lawyers
Leading Lawyers, a division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, surveys thousands of attorneys statewide to identify lawyers most often recommended by their peers. Lawyers cannot nominate themselves or anyone at their own law firm. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in a given state can be named a Leading Lawyer. Learn more at  
Brinks Gilson & Lione
Celebrating more than 100 years of intellectual property law, Brinks Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., and helps clients around the world to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Our 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 can be found at
Barbara Fornasiero, PR Representative
(248) 260-8466

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