FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2013
DETROIT– Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces Todd A. Pleiness has joined the firm‘s Detroit office as an associate attorney concentrating on patent prosecution in the mechanical arts. The announcement was made by Kelly Burris, Managing Partner of Brinks’ Detroit office.
“We are delighted to welcome Todd to the Brinks team,” said Burris. “He brings broad-based experience in patent prosecution and hands-on engineering to support many of our clients from the Detroit office.”
Immediately prior to joining Brinks, Mr. Pleiness was an Examiner with the Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO-Detroit). Before joining the USPTO, he worked as a patent analyst at a research firm and as an IP attorney at a large commercial law firm and a boutique IP law firm. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Pleiness worked at General Motors as a manufacturing engineer, mainly in paint automation and application. He also worked at INA USA, gaining experience in the design and manufacturing of roller bearings for use in automotive components and powertrain.
Mr. Pleiness earned his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University. He is a member of the Michigan Bar Association and the Michigan Intellectual Property Association.
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 Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.