updated 5/31/2011 4:18:10 PM ET 2011-05-31T20:18:10

CHICAGO, May 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Two partners from Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, a leading intellectual property firm based in Chicago, have been recognized as among the world's leading intellectual property strategists by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. Patrick D. Ertel and Robert M. Gerstein are listed in the magazine's IAM Strategy 250 publication for the third year in a row.

Patrick D. Ertel is recognized as a leading IP strategist for major corporations and technology-based start-ups across a variety of industries. Most recently, he has focused on companies in the medical device field. Mr. Ertel's ability to successfully protect and defend intellectual property is grounded in over 35 years of practice.

Robert M. Gerstein counsels on all aspects of intellectual property, negotiates patent and trademark agreements and provides legal opinions. He strives to provide advice that is not only strategically sophisticated, but is also practical and economical for a particular client's business goals. Mr. Gerstein also serves on the Firm's executive committee.

"Having two of our partners named to the IAM Strategy 250 three years in a row validates the quality advice and value our attorneys and firm provide to our clients in the strategic management of their intellectual property," said Jeffrey L. Sharp, managing partner, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun.

 IAM Strategy 250identifies those who offer world-class services related to the development and implementation of strategies that enable intellectual property owners to maximize the value of their rights portfolios. Nominees were selected from around the world by industry peers. Finalists were chosen after an intense five-month period of credential confirmation by IAM. The methodology of IAM's selection process can be found here. The full list of the IAM Strategy 250 finalists can be viewed here.

ABOUT MARSHALL, GERSTEIN & BORUN

As a leader in the field of intellectual property law, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun delivers perspective and guidance where science, technology and law converge. The Firm focuses on intellectual property issues and the business goals that drive them. The Firm's professionals offer the depth of talent required to shape, optimize, protect and sustain intellectual assets, and an experienced approach to the art of client service and producing comprehensive intellectual property solutions. The Firm has been recognized as a top intellectual property law firm by Fortune, Intellectual Property Today, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing IP magazines, and World Trademark Review 1000. Learn more at www.marshallip.com .

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