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Terence J. Linn

Terence J. Linn

Practice areas:

Intellectual Property, Litigation, Mediation, Licensing

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Licensing: 25%
  2. Mediation: 25%
  3. Litigation: 25%
  4. Intellectual Property: 25%

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

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    Terry provides honest and realistic guidance for clients seeking trustworthy representation, opinions and advice for their intellectual property matters. Whether involved in complex litigation or simply evaluating a client's preliminary legal position, Terry provides strong representation and is a professional, resourceful and responsive source for clear and concise explanations and opinions that clarify complex business decisions.


    Matthew Kendall Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have been practicing law with Terry Linn for several decades. He is very competent and looks out for getting the results that are in the best interest of the client especially if that can be accomplished without alot of conflict.


    Frederick Burkhart Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Gardner, Linn, Burkhart & Flory.LLp

2851 Charlevoix Drive Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI, 49546



MIActive And In Good Standing198108/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Intellectual PropertyBest Lawyers in America2011
Intellectual Property LitigationSuper Lawyers2011
Intellectual PropertySuper Lawyers2010
Intellectual PropertyBest Lawyers in America2010
Intellectual PropertySuper Lawyers2009
Intellectual PropertyBest Lawyers in America2009
Intellectual PropertySuper Lawyers2008
Intellectual PropertyBest Lawyers in America2008
Intellectual PropertySuper Lawyers2007
Intellectual PropertyBest Lawyers in America2007
Intellectual PropertyBest Lawyers in America2006
Intellectual PropertySuper Lawyers2006
Intellectual PropertyBest Lawyers in America2005

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerGardner, Linn, Burkhart & Flory, LLP2011 - Present
Founding PartnerVanDyke, Gardner, Linn & Burkhart1995 - 2010
PartnerPrice, Heneveld1981 - 1995
Law ClerkFinnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner1978 - 1981


Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of Michigan, Character and Fitness CommitteeDistrict panel member2003 - 2006
Grand Rapids Rowing ClubCo- Founder1986 - 1990
American Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1981 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Michigan Patent Law AssociationMember1981 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Stam v. Schofield, Interference 105,325 (BPAI 2006)Succeeded in establishing priority in earlier invention and taking patent claims.
Steffel v. Schofield, Interference 105,736 (BPAI 2011)Succeeded in establishing priority in earlier invention and taking patent claims.
Vanderlande Industries Nederland BV v. I.T.C., 366 F.3d 1311 (Fed.Cir. 2004)Successful trial determination of infringement affirmed on appeal.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Michigan State UniversityMechanical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1978

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Grand Rapids Bar Association, Corporate Counsel SectionTrademarks and Trade Names1999
Grand Rapids Bar Association C.L.E.I.P. Primer: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights1999
Michigan State Bar Antitrust, Franchising and Trade Regulation Annual ICLE SeminarTrademark/Copyright/Fair Use: Avoiding Collisions With Antitrust1995
Annual Meeting Of Grand Rapids Dance SchoolsChoreography: Copyright and Contract1994
Elkhart Annual Legal SeminarThe ABC's Of Exporting- Intellectual Property Aspects1993
Elkhart Annual Legal SeminarProtection of Intellectual Property1992
Elkhart Annual Legal SeminarProtection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property1991
AIPLA Annual Meeting- Washington DCIntellectual Property Recording and Enforcement with Customs1991