WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Elizabeth Chien-Hale, former Apple in-house counsel and founder of the Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Asia (I2PLA), has joined Brinks Gilson & Lione in Washington, supplementing the firm's patent practice and the intellectual property services it provides to clients doing business in China, Taiwan and other Asian markets.

"We are delighted to welcome Ms Chien-Hale to Brinks," said firm president James R. Sobieraj. "She brings in-depth knowledge of intellectual property issues facing high-tech companies and has a comprehensive understanding of the markets across the Asia-Pacific region. Having worked as in-house counsel for a number of years at both Eaton Corporation and Apple Inc., she also understands the business pressures and needs facing clients in a way few outside counsel can."

"I am delighted to join Brinks Gilson & Lione, a firm with a group of attorneys who have knowledge in all aspects of intellectual property law," said Chien-Hale.

Chien-Hale earned her L.L.M. with distinction in International and Comparative Law at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, and her J.D. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she was Lead Articles Editor for the University of Hawaii Law Review. She received her M.A. in computational linguistics at the University of California Berkeley, where she also earned her B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering. She also earned a Certificate in Networking in the Masters of Engineering program at the University of Toronto.

Active in the ABA IP Law Section, and a member of the American Society of International Law, the AIPLA, and other professional organizations, Chien-Hale was a research scholar at the College of Law of the Peking University in Beijing, China, and in 2007 was a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She is fluent in Chinese.

"Elizabeth is a terrific asset for the firm and our office here in Washington" noted Lyle Vander Schaaf, managing partner of Brinks' Washington office. "I've known Elizabeth for more than ten years and worked alongside her on projects involving China's patent regulations and amendments. I've always been impressed with her deep knowledge of IP issues affecting companies in China, Taiwan and other countries in Asia."

"I'm very much looking forward to being able to work with Elizabeth as a colleague to serve clients on IP issues in China and Taiwan."

Brinks Gilson & Lione

The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione practice exclusively in the field of intellectual property, making Brinks one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks lawyers provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Cheryl  Kennedy
Clovis, Inc.