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Michael P. Chu

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

Chicago, IL, USA

Michael P. Chu is a partner with Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, a Chicago-based law firm that practices intellectual property law exclusively. Mr. Chu litigates patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret disputes at the trial and appellate levels throughout the country.
Mr. Chu also serves domestic and international clients through the negotiation of license agreements in all areas of intellectual property, and through the preparation and prosecution of patent applications relating to all areas of technology from mechanical systems to electronics and business methods. Mr. Chu also advises clients on clearance matters such as the infringement and non-infringement of patents, copyrights and trademarks. Mr. Chu has spoken on the topics of licensing and intellectual property before the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Licensing Executives Society and other conferences throughout the country.

Mr. Chu recently finished his term as the President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), where he has served on its Board of Directors since 2001. NAPABA is a national bar association which represents the over 40,000 Asian Pacific American attorneys in the United States. Mr. Chu now serves as the President of the NAPABA Law Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting scholarship for law students, fellowships for public interest and community service, and education for the Asian Pacific American community.

Mr. Chu also sits on the board of the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago and the Asian American Institute, a local affiliate of the Asian American Justice Center. As an advocate for the Asian Pacific American community, Mr. Chu recently testified before the Senate Democratic Steering Committee regarding issues of diversity within the federal judiciary. He frequently speaks on diversity issues and other issues relevant to communities of color.

Mr. Chu was recently appointed to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee for Continuing Legal Education. In 2005, Mr. Chu was named one of Illinois’ best “40 Under Forty” lawyers and an “Illinois Super Lawyer” by Chicago Magazine.

Mr. Chu recently graduated from the 2005-2006 Fellowship Class of Leadership Greater Chicago, an organization dedicated to the training of young advocates and leaders in the Chicago area.

An avid musician, Mr. Chu has played lead alto saxophone with the Chicago Bar Association Barrister’s Big Band, and is a founding member of the Esquire Saxophone Quartet. Mr. Chu is also an avid marathoner and triathlete. He also maintains a daily photoblog at www.MikesRightBrain.com. The blog has received local and national recognition.

Mr. Chu holds a J.D. from the College of William and Mary, where he was the Articles Editor for the William and Mary Law Review, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

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