Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione to open Detroit office: Ann Arbor attorney named managing partner in Detroit

Attorney Kelly Burris, currently a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, will serve as a managing partner of the new Detroit office of Brinks when it opens next month.

Brinks, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will open the new office in the same building as the new Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The USPTO opened the first satellite office in its history in Detroit in July. According to USPTO statements, these satellite offices are being established to allow businesses to move their innovations to market more quickly and give them more room to create new jobs.

The Detroit office is the first to open; others will open later in Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver and Silicon Valley.

The Detroit Brinks office will provide an on-site location for Brinks and its domestic and international clients to participate more effectively in patent examination and administrative trial proceedings created under the recently enacted America Invents Act.

Burris chairs Brinks' Green Technology Practice Group and focuses her practice on patent prosecution and procedures in the mechanical and electrical arts, and materials science.

Burris also performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and handles other matters relating to transactions, as well as managing and administering corporate IP portfolios and policies, and strategic competitive intelligence.

In August, Burris testified as an expert witness before the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet in Washington D.C., speaking in opposition of HR 3889, a bill that would drastically reduce the term for certain design patents. Prior to her law career, Ms. Burris was an aeronautical engineer with McDonnell Douglas and Boeing for over 11 years, and she is also a licensed pilot and extremely active in the field of aviation.

Brinks has offices in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis.

Published: Mon, Nov 19, 2012

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