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Janet A. Pioli

Janet A. Pioli

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

Chicago, IL, USA


Janet A. Pioli
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

Ms. Pioli is a Shareholder in Brinks Gilson & Lione's Chicago office. Her intellectual property law practice encompasses strategic counseling involving large patent and application portfolios in a variety of disciplines, patent clearance and due diligence, patent prosecution supervision, litigation, and advertising review and clearance. Ms. Pioli has a large and successful practice of appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including numerous oral arguments before both. Her practice also includes pro bono appeals to obtain disability benefits for United States veterans before the Federal Circuit.

Clients and jurists recognize Ms. Pioli’s ability to ethically and thoroughly represent clients in what they seek to accomplish. One jurist from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently remarked “she is as conscientious a person in working for her clients as any lawyer I know.” One large medical device company director describes Ms. Pioli as “an incredibly thorough and persistent patent attorney,” who is “extremely knowledgeable. . . and unbelievably. . .tenacious. . . in her ability to monitor [our] field and provide guidance as we pursue IP in this area.”

Her areas of focus in the patent field include the medical arts, chemical and environmental products and processes, metathesis technology, wax technology, navigation systems, and loud speaker systems. A non-technical aspect of her practice includes advertising review, clearance and enforcement in a variety of disciplines including, financial services, personal care products, nutritional supplements, food and beverage products, automotive transmissions, and funeral products.  Her litigation practice spans a variety of disciplines including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, First Amendment cases, and false advertising.

Ms. Pioli also provides leadership in the community. She is a past president of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, the oldest and one of the largest intellectual property law associations in the country, is the Secretary of the Federal Circuit Historical Society, is an international delegate from the Licensing Executive Society, USA-Canada to that society’s international branch, served as the Secretary and a board member of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. For five years, Ms. Pioli was a contributing author of Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit, a West publication.  Ms. Pioli serves on the Board of Visitors for Northern Illinois University College of Law, the Board of Directors for her firm, and on the Board of Directors of Aspire of Illinois, a charitable organization devoted to the assistance, education, and advancement of individuals with developmental disabilities.
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