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Ann Arbor, Mich. – Feb. 1, 2017—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, announced that Steven L. Oberholtzer, managing shareholder of the firm’s Ann Arbor office, will be a presenter at the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Institute, to be held Feb. 1 to 4 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Oberholtzer’s presentation is titled, Jurisdiction and Venue Considerations in IP Agreements. A complete program schedule of the Mid-Winter Institute can be viewed here.

At Brinks, Oberholtzer’s practice focuses on the development and implementation of corporate intellectual property policies, intellectual asset management, litigation, and technology licensing. He has decades of experience representing clients in the automotive industry, including current responsibility for the worldwide intellectual property issues of multiple automotive suppliers. Familiar with a range of mechanical and electromechanical disciplines, he has also responded to client needs in technology matters involving medical devices, lasers, fiber optics, optical devices and heavy industrial equipment. Oberholtzer also has experience in United States Patent and Trademark Office administrative proceedings and regularly provides opinions regarding infringement risks, design-around projects, patentability, litigation, and intellectual property issues surrounding merger and acquisition transactions.

A frequent writer and speaker on intellectual property policy development and trends, Oberholtzer is the principal author and original editor of The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law, originally published by Brinks in 2006 and recently released in its fourth, Centennial Edition to reflect ongoing changes in intellectual property law and coinciding with the firm’s 100th anniversary in 2017.


Founded in 1897, AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals from law firms, companies, and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

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Celebrating its centennial year in 2017, Brinks Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the US, and helps clients around the world to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights.  Our more than 140 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 is at

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