New edition of IP law primer released; Ann Arbor attorney is principal author

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has announced the publication of the third edition of its intellectual property law primer, "The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law."

The principal author is Steven L. Oberholtzer, managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of Brinks and a member of the firm's board of directors.

"Information in the primer will provide readers the ability to identify intellectual property assets and undertake protective measures," said Oberholtzer. "A lack of understanding in the arena of intellectual property has proven costly to numerous individuals and companies."

The primer was originally published in 2006 and has since been updated to reflect recent court decisions and changes in intellectual property as a result of the America Invents Act of 2011 ("Patent Reform").

Oberholtzer focuses his practice on patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. He has significant 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 today," 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."

"The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law" primer provides general information within the four categories of intellectual property law: patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, along with contract law and intellectual property protection and defense.

In addition to Oberholtzer, contributing authors of the primer include the following attorneys from Brinks' Michigan offices: William R. Boudreaux, Kelly K. Burris; Robert K. Fergan; Eric Sosenko; and Michael N. Spink.

The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law is available at no charge at www.brinks /resource_center/8.

Published: Thu, Jun 13, 2013