Utah State Bar Elects Brinks Attorney Steven Shurtz Secretary of Intellectual Property Section

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Steven P. Shurtz of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property firms in the country, was elected to the position of Secretary of the Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar Association.

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I am honored to have been elected by my peers for this position. I am eager to support Utah IP attorneys in their professional development and hope to see them continue to gain national and international recognition.

Steven P. Shurtz, managing partner of the Utah office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property firms in the country, was elected to the position of Secretary of the Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar Association at a meeting on June 16, 2011.

A registered patent attorney since 1984, Shurtz has been active in the Utah Bar IP Section since returning to Utah in 2003 and has served on the IP Section planning committee for the last two years. He has arranged for several speakers at monthly CLE luncheons and the Section’s annual IP Summit meetings, including arranging for Chief Judge Holderman of the Northern District of Illinois to serve on the Judges panel and Moot Court Competition for the 2011 IP Summit.

Shurtz will hold the position for a one-year term before advancing next year to Vice Chair and then in 2013 to the Chair position within the leadership of the Utah State Bar IP Section.

“I am honored to have been elected by my peers for this position,” said Shurtz. “I am eager to support Utah IP attorneys in their professional development and hope to see them continue to gain national and international recognition.”

In addition to his work at the Utah State Bar IP Section, Shurtz is active in community volunteer efforts, including as a junior high school presenter for the Utah Scholars program, a classroom representative for Junior Achievement, and was a state School Board Math Steering Committee industry member. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Utah Math and Science Education Consortium and received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Utah Technology Counsel for 2011.

At Brinks, Shurtz specializes in U.S. patent application preparation and prosecution, foreign patent prosecution, patent opinion and counseling. He supervises patent procurement activities, including foreign patent strategies, oppositions, and the use of the Patent Cooperation Treaty and regional patent offices. He also prepares and prosecutes patent applications on individual chemical and mechanical inventions, including appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

In addition to his membership in the Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar Association, Shurtz is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law and the Intellectual Property Law Committee 102 (International Patent Laws & Treaties). He is on the International and Foreign Law Committee and the Relations with PTO Committee at the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Additionally, he is a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

The Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar provides a forum for learning and exchanging ideas among all members of Utah's legal profession who are interested in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and other intellectual property matters. The Section provides CLE luncheons, as well as an annual national CLE conference, the Utah IP Summit. In addition to Judge Holderman, the 2011 Utah IP Summit featured David Nimmer, Commissioner for Patents Robert L. Stoll and Chief Judge Randall R. Rader of the CAFC. The Intellectual Property Section seeks to provide increased opportunity for social and professional interaction among Utah's intellectual property community through the CLE luncheons and the Utah IP Summit. The Section also serves the legal education community as a resource for law students interested in practicing intellectual property law.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States and serves the intellectual property needs of clients around the world. Brinks has 150 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property litigation and all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright law. The firm also advises on issues relating to intellectual asset management, trade secret, unfair competition, and technology and licensing agreements. Brinks routinely handles assignments for companies in the electrical, chemical, and mechanical engineering sectors; the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and nanotechnology industries; and for companies whose work relates to Internet and computer technology law. The firm’s trademark practice works on behalf of clients who deal in a wide variety of products and services. Brinks is based in Chicago and has offices in Ann Arbor, Mich., Indianapolis, Ind., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City, Utah, and Washington, DC. More information is available at http://www.usebrinks.com.

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