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Brinks, Gilson, & Lione's third edition of its intellectual property law primer, "The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law," is now available in Chinese, German and Japanese. The primer was originally published in 2006 and has since been updated to reflect recent court decisions and changes in U.S. intellectual property as a result of the America Invents Act of 2011 ("Patent Reform").

The principal author of "The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law" is Steven L. Oberholtzer, managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of Brinks and a member of the firm's board of directors. Oberholtzer has experience and expertise in the intellectual property legal issues of the automotive industry and a lifelong interest in the industry and its products. He has experience in technology areas including medical devices, lasers, fiber optics, optical devices and heavy industrial equipment. In addition, he has acted as trial counsel in a number of patent infringement litigation cases.

"Intellectual property issues have always been important in the business world, but perhaps never more so than they are in today's global marketplace," said Oberholtzer. "Virtually everyone in the commercial world interacts with intellectual property issues, but is seldom aware of such matters. In fact, individuals encounter at least 1,500 trademarks daily and up to 30,000 in the supermarket."

In addition to business users, the IP Primer is used as a reference text for the course, Law and the Entrepreneur, offered on Coursera and taught by Professors Esther Barron and Steve Reed of Northwestern University School of Law.

Published: Fri, Jan 24, 2014

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