ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor office of the Chicago intellectual property law firm  Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Monday announced the availability of its new “IP Tool Kit,” a resource binder of information for dealing with routine intellectual property legal matters including IP agreements, IP policies and procedures for companies, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and IP for information technology and social media.

The IP Tool Kit project was overseen by Steven L. Oberholtzer, Managing Partner of Brinks’ Ann Arbor office and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. He is also the author of the firm’s IP primer, an introduction to the basics of intellectual property law, now in its third printing.

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“Intellectual property issues arise regularly in business. Unfortunately, if intellectual property matters are not addressed properly, a permanent loss of property rights can result,” explained Oberholtzer. “Steps can be taken early to avoid pitfalls and provide maximum protection for these assets. While IP legal counsel can assist at an early stage, we understand that it is not always practical to engage them at every stage. The Brinks IP Tool Kit is a resource for reference and information purposes to help young companies and even established ones identify and address important IP issues early.”

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The Brinks IP Tool Kit is geared to entrepreneurs and start-ups. In addition, small companies and large companies that have an infrastructure for handling intellectual property matters will find this new resource helpful. To learn more about obtaining a Brinks IP Tool Kit, please contact Alison Rifkin toll free at 866-222-0112.

Brinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with bachelors and advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science.

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Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City, and Washton, D.C. More information is available at