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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Brinks as Top-Tier Law Firm

Chicago, Ill. (PRWEB) November 10, 2011

Chicago-based intellectual property law firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione has been recognized as a top-tier firm in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” ranking for the 2011-2012 year. Nationally, Brinks is ranked at the highest level—Tier 1—in patent law, and ranks in Tier 3 for biotechnology law.

In the metropolitan rankings, Brinks’ offices in Ann Arbor, Mich., Chicago, Ill. and Research Triangle Park, N.C., near Raleigh/Durham, N.C., ranked in the top tiers for several specialized practice areas of intellectual property law. The Chicago office ranks in Tier 1 for intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, patent law and trademark law. The Ann Arbor office ranks in Tier 1 in patent law and in Tier 2 for intellectual property litigation. Brinks’ office in Research Triangle Park is listed in Tier 2 in biotechnology law in the Raleigh/Durham market.

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, jointly ranked nearly 10,000 firms in 119 practice areas in 177 metropolitan areas and seven states. Firms are ranked by clients on the basis of their expertise, responsiveness, and understanding of their client’s business, along with their cost-effectiveness, civility and their likelihood of receiving a client referral. Outside lawyers rank the firms on the basis of their expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, as well as by whether they would refer a matter to a firm and whether they consider a firm to be a worthy competitor.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States and serves the intellectual property needs of clients around the world. Brinks has 150 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property litigation and all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright law. The firm also advises on issues relating to intellectual asset management, trade secret, unfair competition, and technology and licensing agreements. Brinks routinely handles assignments for companies in the electrical, chemical, and mechanical engineering sectors; the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and nanotechnology industries; and for companies whose work relates to Internet and computer technology law. The firm’s trademark practice works on behalf of clients who deal in a wide variety of products and services. Brinks is based in Chicago and has offices in Ann Arbor, Mich., Indianapolis, Ind., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City, Utah, and Washington, DC. More information is available at


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