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   3Gary M. RopskiChicago(312) 321-4216gropski@brinksgilson.comgropski@brinksgilson.comBrinks Gilson & Lionewww.brinksgilson.comwww.brinksgilson.comropskigarym.jpgCopyright & Trademark LawIntellectual Property LawPatent LawIP Litigation
Gary M. Ropskigropski@brinksgilson.com
Brinks Gilson & Lionehttp://www.brinksgilson.com
455 N Cityfront Plaza Dr Ste 3600
Chicago IL 60611-5500
Ph.(312) 321-4216 Fx.(312) 321-4299
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Copyright & Trademark Law    IP Litigation
Intellectual Property Law
Patent Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  Gary Ropski has practiced intellectual property law exclusively since joining Brinks in 1976. His practice now focuses on litigation, but has included patent prosecution and litigation, trademark prosecution, including oppositions, and litigation, trade dress litigation, copyright registration and litigation, trade secret litigation, right of publicity counseling and litigation and related unfair competition and antitrust matters in federal and state courts. He has extensive experience in presenting and rebutting damage claims in intellectual property litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ropski completed a manufacturing management training program in the Transportation Systems Business Division of the General Electric Corporation in Erie, Pennsylvania, including both work experience and an educational program.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Claims Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Circuit
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Colorado
U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Michigan
U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Wisconsin
U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. California
U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois, Member, Trial Bar
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
U.S. Supreme Court


Date of Birth:  1952

Additional languages spoken:  German

Law School:  Northwestern University School of Law,J.D., 1976
Law School Honors/Involvement:  cum laude

Undergraduate School:  Carnegie-Mellon University, B.S., Physics, 1972

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  American Bar Association
Intellectual Property Section
Litigation Section

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Acting Judge, Giles S. Rich Moot Court Competition

Chicago Bar Association

Federal Circuit Bar Association

Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle

Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
Chair, Antitrust Committee, 1995-1997

Intellectual Property Litigator Editorial Board, 1997-2002

Intellectual Property Owners Association
Vice-Chair, Committee on Discovery in Litigation, 2000-2004

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property

International Bar Association
Chair, Patent Subcommittee of the Intellectual Property Committee, 1994-1997

International Intellectual Property Association

International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association

International Trademark Association
Special Advisor to U.S. Legislation Committee regarding drafting a federal right of publicity statute, 1994-1998
Editorial Board, The Trademark Reporter, 1981-1984; 1987-1989

Licensing Executives Society

Patent and Trademark Institute of Canada

Richard Linn American Inn of Court
Master, 2006


Community Involvement:  
Chicago and Northern Illinois Region of the National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews)
Executive Committee, 1986-2006
Board of Directors, 1986-2006

Northwestern University School of Law
Law School Fund Board, 2003-2007


Published Legal Writing:  
"IP Asset Management and Litigation Costs," Executive Counsel, Vol. 3, No. 3, May/June 2006 at 29

"En Banc Decision-Making in the Federal Circuit," co-author, April 1, 2005

"Will An Admission of Patent Validity Preclude A Later Validity Challenge," BNA Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal, Vol. 66, no. 1632 August 1, 2003 at 416-419 ; The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Vol. 11, No. 9, September 2003 at 68

"Civil law, uncivil lawyers," An International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers 7, Law Business Research Ltd., 1998

"Claiming and Defending Against Monetary Awards for Trademark Infringement," Intellectual Property Lawcast, Vol. 111, No. 18, September 29, 1997

"Celebrity Status and Right of Publicity," New York Law Journal, Entertainment Update Section, p 5, January 31, 1997

"Important Decisions, Trends, and Events in United States Patent Trademark Law: 1993 and 1994," Mitteilungen der Deutschen Patentanwälte, October 1995

"Butterworths Patent Litigation: Enforcing a Global Patent Portfolio," editor, December 1994

"Damages in US Patent Litigation," 21 International Business Lawyer 467, November 1993

"Claim Interpretation and Patent Infringement Under United States Patent Law," Mitteilungen der Deutschen Patentanwälte, February 1993

"The Stars' Wars: Names, Pictures and Lookalikes," Schweizerische Mitteilungen Uber Immaterialgüterrecht (SMI), August 1990

"Damages in USA Intellectual Property Litigation," GRUR Internationaler Teil, June 1990

"Damages in USA Intellectual Property Litigation," 72 Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society 181, March 1990

"The Stars' Wars: Names, Pictures and Lookalikes," 17 A.I.P.L.A. Quarterly Journal 81, 1989

"The Right of Publicity and the Celebrity Look-Alike: Now Section 43(a) Proscribes Faces That Deceive," 77 The Trademark Reporter 31, January - February 1987

"A Primer on Intellectual Property Rights: The Basics of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets and Related Rights," 50 Albany Law Review, No. 3, p 405, Spring 1986

Contributor to "Fraud in the Trademark Office: A TMR Panel," 74 The Trademark Reporter 50, 1984

"A 'Non-Obvious' Framework for Analyzing Proof of Secondary Meaning," 11 A.P. L.A. Journal 211, 1983

"Further Comments on the Development of the Right of Publicity -- A Matter of Life, Death, and Sometimes the First Amendment," 73 The Trademark Reporter 278, 1983

"The Right of Publicity -- The Trend Towards Protecting a Celebrity's Celebrity," 72 The Trademark Reporter 251, 1982; Handbook of the American Patent Law Ass'n, Continuing Legal Education Institute on Business and Intellectual Property Law, 1982 at p M-1

"Jury Selection In A Patent Case: Who Will Not Sit In The Jury Box," co-authored with Roy E. Hofer, published in the Handbook of the American Patent Law Ass'n Continuing Legal Education Institute on Patent Jury Litigation, 1981 at p D-1; revised version published in the Practicing Law Institute Handbook on Patent Litigation, from a session on December 1-2, 1983 at pp 361-434

"The Federal Trademark Jury Trial: Awakening Of A Dormant Constitutional Right," 70 The Trademark Reporter 177, 1980; 1980 Southwestern Legal Foundation Patent Law Annual 227; outline reprinted in the Bulletin of the American Patent Law Association, January-February, 1981, p 75

"Constitutional And Procedural Aspects Of The Use Of Juries In Patent Litigation," 58 Journal of the Patent Office Society, 1976, pgs 609, 673

Contributor to Gilson, Trademark Protection and Practice, Section 2.15 entitled "The Right of Publicity" and Section 8.06 entitled "Federal Trademark Jury Trials"

"Amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure: Expansion of Discovery," 66 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 23, 1975

"Recent Trends -- Entrapment," 66 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 325, 1975



Legal Lectures:  Minority Corporate Counsel Association Diversity Roundtable Discussion, Washington, D.C., August 7, 2007

"Litigating Software Patents," Moderator, Intellectual Property Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Roundtable Discussion, Chicago, Illinois, April 27, 2006

"ITC: Battles at the Border," Brinks Gilson & Lione Litigation Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, October 25, 2005

"The ITC Rocket Docket," Brinks Gilson & Lione Seminar, Glenview, Illinois, May 31, 2005

"Patent Infringement Issues," Law Seminars International, Patent Law for Business People and Non-Patent Lawyers, Chicago, Illinois, July 26, 2004

"Client Relationship Management: Improving the In-House/Outside Counsel Relationship," LexisNexis, Law Firm Marketers' Roundtable, Phoenix, Arizona, November 4, 2003

"Proof of Monetary Recovery Under the Lanham Act," LexisNexis, Advanced Trademark Strategies Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 15-16, 2002

Trial Practice Program, demonstrated direct examination techniques and acted as instructor, International Trademark Association, Chicago, Illinois, July 11-13, 2000

"Grey-Market Goods and Parallel Imports," International Bar Association, Section on Business Law Conference, Barcelona, Spain, September 20-22, 1999

"Claiming and Defending Against Monetary Awards for Trademark Infringement," International Trademark Association 119th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, May 3-7, 1997

"Patenting of Computer Software," co-chair, International Bar Association 26th Biennial Conference, Berlin, Germany, October 14-18, 1996

"Remedies In USA Patent Litigation," International Bar Association 25th Biennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia, October 9-14, 1994

"Intellectual Property Rights in the United States," Wirtschaftsverband Industrieller Unternehmen Baden e.V., Freiburg, Germany, March 29, 1990

"Intellectual Property Litigation in the United States," Deutscher Verband der Patentingenieure und Patentassessoren e.V., Wiesbaden, Germany, November 9, 1989

"Intellectual Property Litigation in the United States," Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht - - Bezirksgruppe Südwest, Stuttgart, Germany, October 4, 1989

"Damages in intellectual property litigation and the right of publicity," International Bar Association's 22nd Biennial Conference, Buenoa Aires, September 28 and 29, 1988

"Revolutionary Changes In Liability and Rewards of New Product Development," Albany Law School/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Industrial Innovation Conference, Albany, New York, June 4, 1986

American Chemical Society, Division of Chemistry and The Law, 1985 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, September 10, 1985

"Recent Developments in Trademark and Unfair Competition Law," Bureau of National Affairs Seminar, June 21, 1984

"The Right of Publicity," United States Trademark Association forum, New York, New York, March 16, 1983

The American Patent Law Association's Annual Meetings, Miami, Florida, January 26, 1981; Scottsdale, Arizona, January 30, 1982

18th Annual Institute on Patent Law of the Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas, Texas, March 14, 1980



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