Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named to INTA Committees

Southfield, Mich. –Brooks Kushman attorneys Jennifer K. Ziegler, Hope V. Shovein, Laura E. Schwartz and Anna K. Heinl have been chosen to serve two-year terms on International Trademark Association (INTA) committees.

Their committees are:
Jennifer Ziegler – UNREAL Campaign Committee (Educational campaign educating teens on the dangers of counterfeits.)
Hope Shovein – Internet Committee
Laura Schwartz – Building Bridges Committee
Anna Heinl – Pro Bono Committee

“Having four of our attorneys selected to serve on INTA committees shows the respect they have earned among the leaders of the international IP community,” said Elizabeth Janda, Cahair of Brooks Kushman President Mark Cantortrademark group. “These committees influence the protection, development and respect for trademarks, brands and related intellectual property around the world and we are proud of our attorneys who will be supporting those efforts.”

INTA is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Butzel Long named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness™ 2015

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long has been named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness™, 2015. The initiative recognizes and celebrates quality and excellence in health awareness. This unique program highlights companies, schools, faith-based groups, and organizations that promote a culture of wellness; and those that plan, implement, and evaluate efforts in employee wellness to make their business and the community a healthier place to live and work.

Butzel Long is among several southeast Michigan organizations that will be honored at a wellness symposium and awards gala on October 8, 2015 at The Henry in Dearborn. Moreover, winners will be featured in Corp! magazine, both in the print and digital editions.

“Wellness is part of the Butzel Long culture,” said Lori A. Thomas, Director of Human Resources, Butzel Long. “Our wellness initiative focuses on the importance of physical fitness, healthy eating and preventative healthcare. We are honored to receive this noteworthy recognition.”

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law firm offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Walsh College Introduces New Online Career Development Guide Focused on Millennials: “Your Executive Coach”

Walsh College has introduced “Your Executive Coach,” a digital publication that provides guidance on navigating the road to career success for millennial- generation students and graduates beginning to enter the professional job market.

Walsh College has collected some of the most essential advice offered by its Career Services and business management experts into the guide, available free at www.walshcollege.edu/executivecoach.

“Your Executive Coach” provides tips and suggestions for career advancement, promotions, teams, career changes, and resource maximization.

“The recommendations provide direction for students and graduates looking to start their careers seamlessly or transition to new ones,” said Brenda Paine, director, Career Services, Walsh College. “In addition, it also shows how to avoid missteps when changing career directions and focus.”

“Over time, each job acquired will require its own skill set of talents, knowledge base, credentials, and relationships,” said Lee Meadows, Ph.D., professor, Management, Walsh College.

“Future success will go to job candidates who can adapt, as well as act – quickly, confidently, and skillfully,” he added. “This guide can help give young people a competitive leap ahead.”

Important topics presented in the publication include communication skills, presentations, professional societies and associations, promotions, volunteering for assignments, interviewing, certification programs, and entrepreneurship.

Paine and Dr. Meadows served as special advisors and contributors to the eight-page publication.

Registration for Winter 2015 classes at Walsh College begins November 23.

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Brown & Brown of Detroit Named Best & Brightest

(Sterling Heights) . . . Todd Piersol, Executive Vice President of Brown & Brown of Detroit, is pleased to announce that the Brown & Brown of Detroit office has been selected as one of this year’s “Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.”

Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach can be bestowed this honor. Brown & Brown of Detroit is proud to offer many great perks to their teammates such as “Sunshine Days,” fitness reimbursement, the matching non-profit gift program, anniversary bonuses, a wellness credit, and much more.

Winning companies were honored by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) at the Renaissance Center on September 17. Brown & Brown of Detroit producers Krystn Clark, Dan West, and Chris Bolton were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the entire office.

“We are honored to be in the same category as all of the great companies who earned Best & Brightest, for the fifth straight year. Maintaining the proper balance between achievement and accountability, and fun and flexibility, it critical to our success as an agency. I believe it shows in the quality teammates we have and the product we deliver to our clients,” said Piersol.

Brown & Brown offices in Michigan comprise the third largest segment of insurance brokerage in the state, placing over $500 million in client premiums. The firm is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown Insurance, the fourth largest insurance intermediary in the United States.

Sept. 29: Check out Mike Rowe on the Cover of the Detroiter; Chamber, Mayor Duggan and John Hope Bryant Recruiting Hosts for Hope Inside Centers in Detroit

Businesses Wanted: Chamber, Mayor Duggan and John Hope Bryant Recruiting Hosts for HOPE Inside Centers in Detroit

The next key step in Detroit’s revitalization starts in host businesses across the city. Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber brought together Mayor Mike Duggan, Operation HOPE CEO John Hope Bryant and 20 regional c-suite business leaders to kick off a recruiting campaign with the goal of opening 20 HOPE Inside Centers throughout the city.

HOPE Inside Centers across the nation have successfully raised credit scores on average by 120 points by providing credit and home ownership counseling, entrepreneur training and money management workshops.

The effort is a continuation of the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List item to promote financial literacy in underserved neighborhoods through partnerships with financial service firms and the foundation and nonprofit community. The To-Do List item stemmed from Bryant’s keynote address challenging Mackinac attendees to transform neighborhoods by working to raise credit scores for individuals and communities.

“The business community will have to play a critical role in this effort to ultimately transform neighborhood economies,” Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah said. “By creating HOPE Inside Centers in Detroit businesses, we can exponentially expand the impact of raising credit scores in a short amount of time.”

In April, the first HOPE Inside Center in Detroit opened at the Northwest Activities Center with the goal of transforming distressed neighborhoods suffering from low financial literacy and low credit scores by resolving primary credit denial factors. The Detroit Center, supported by Fifth Third Bank, has already successfully enabled Detroit families to purchase homes in the city.

Businesses or organizations interested in hosting a HOPE Inside Center or supporting the effort should contact Devon O’Reilly at 313.596.0335 or doreilly@detroitchamber.com.

Mike Rowe Featured on Cover of Skilled Trades Detroiter, Continues the Mackinac Conversation

The face of America’s “dirtiest jobs” is on the cover of the Detroiter magazine. The perpetual apprentice, current host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” and 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference speaker Mike Rowe is featured in the September edition, which focuses on closing the skills gap. In addition to highlighting Rowe’s work to bust misperceptions about technical careers with the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the magazine showcases the exciting careers emerging in the skilled trades, innovative apprenticeship programs like MAT2, and how businesses like AAM are addressing their talent needs. Most Detroiter articles are available online.

What’s Next for Connected Cars in Michigan? Find out Wednesday at the MICHauto Summit

Michigan’s automotive ingenuity, talent and innovation will be on display Wednesday at Cobo Center in Detroit during the 2015 MICHauto Summit. Building off the theme, “The Connected Culture: Shaping Michigan’s Automotive and Mobility Future,” the Summit will focus on the state’s leadership in the race for next-generation connected and autonomous vehicles. Follow the Summit discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #MAS15 and download the Periscope app in the iTunes store or Google Play and search for Detroit Chamber to view sessions broadcast periodically throughout the day. Look for more coverage of the Summit in next week’s eDetroiter. View the full Summit agenda and register here.

Warren Evans on Wayne County Finances: ‘The Future is Bright’

Delivering the message that the county’s finances are much better off than they were nine months ago and set to improve, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans provided an update on the county’s fiscal health to over 150 Detroit Regional Chamber members last week at the Detroit Golf Club. Evans, who addressed members for the first time since taking office, stressed the importance of collaboration during the Chamber’s quarterly networking reception.

Addressing the county’s consent agreement with the state approved in August, as well as recent contract negotiations with local unions, Evans said cohesion was key in helping balance the county budget while protecting services for residents.

“We’re doing good things,” Evans said. “While there’s still plenty of heavy lifting left to do, it’s important for people to look at the cooperation taking place in the county that is giving us a chance to clean up our finances and keep Wayne County off the road to receivership.”

Evans vowed to continue fighting for better ways to improve the county’s finances into the future, starting with his own administration.

“While government is not generally run like a business, it is important to use good business practices and be fiscally responsible and my team sees that,” he said. “The cuts to health care and retirement that our unions went through are the same concessions my administration is taking.”

“There are efficiencies every day that we’re focusing on in terms of cost savings just like running a reasonable shop,” Evans continued. “Those who do business in and live in Wayne County can be reasonably comfortable knowing that the county is in way better shape than it was nine months ago and nine months from now it will be in a lot better shape. It has been a shared sacrifice to get it done.”

29 Current, Former Chamber Board Members Among Crain’s 100 Most Connected People

Several current and former Detroit Regional Chamber Board members were recently recognized among Crain’s Detroit Business’ 100 “Most Connected” businesspeople in metro Detroit. In total, nearly one-third of the top 100 leaders identified by Crain’s have ties to the Chamber, providing a powerful voice for business in Southeast Michigan.

Among those named, 24 are current Board members, with three in the top 10, including: JPMorgan Chase’s John Carter (No. 1), Henry Ford Health System’s Nancy Schlichting (No. 2) and AAM’s David Dauch (No. 3). Board Chair Mark Davidoff, Michigan managing partner for Deloitte, ranks No. 39 on the list, which ranks professionals based on their links to individuals, institutions and organizations. View the full list of “Most Connected” businesspeople in the region.

 

Brooks Kushman & Clark Hill Attorneys to Host

Troy, MI – Brooks Kushman attorneys Timothy B. Clise, Thomas Lewry, and Hope Shovein along with Clark Hill attorneys Ellen E. Hoeppner and James R. Waggoner, will present at an Automation Alley Entrepreneur Law Seminar on October 29, 2015. The seminar will provide an overview of common legal issues entrepreneurs typically face as they start and grow their business. The seminar will focus on the legal “Dos” and “Don’ts” to help small businesses and start-ups protect their investments and innovations, including discussions on legal entity formation and governance, contracts, trademarks, patents, licensing agreements, and employment law compliance.

Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and matchmaking services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper.

Clise’s practice at Brooks Kushman focuses on domestic and international patent prosecution in the electrical, mechanical and electromechanical arts. He also advises his clients on design, trademarks and trade secrets for developing meaningful, worldwide intellectual property portfolios.

Lewry has more than 30 years of intellectual property (IP) litigation experience, focusing on a variety of IP matters including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He has been the driving force behind the firm’s adoption of innovative technology in the courtroom and for delivery of client information. In addition to his practice, Lewry is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University’s Law School and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan.

Shovein focuses her practice on the procurement and enforcement of trademark rights, including proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Shovein specializes in helping clients enforce their rights in any medium, such as the unauthorized use of trademarks in website content, and she represents clients in domain name disputes.

To register for the event please contact kcarlsen@brookskushman.com or ssalvadero@clarkhill.com

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visitwww.BrooksKushman.com.

Student Life at Walsh College Announces Newly Elected Student Government Association Board

Student Life at Walsh College Troy is proud to announce the results of their Student Government Association (SGA) election and its newly elected officers, who will serve a one-year term starting September 2015.

Julie Denha, of Saginaw, Mich., has been elected President. Allen D’Aoust, of Troy, has been elected Vice President. Erin Hayden of Clinton Township, has been elected Secretary. Larry Champagne, also of Clinton Township, has been elected Treasurer.

The SGA represents the interests of the student body through active and open involvement with students, student organizations, faculty, and administrators. SGA meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Walsh College Troy campus at 5:15 p.m. in room 201.

For more information about the association, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/studentgovernment

About Student Government Association

The Student Government Association’s vision is to increase awareness and participation of student organizations, activities on campus, and networking events. Student Government is a liaison with Walsh administration to address student body concerns, suggestions, and improvements.

Becoming a part of the Student Government means that you are excited, ready, and willing to lead students in securing their roles in the life of the college, and to support a high quality student experience!

IPS Technology Services’ President Pradip Sengupta Featured in Crain’s Detroit Business Article

TROY, Mich., September 18, 2015 — Pradip Sengupta, President and Principal of Troy-based IPS Technology Services, was featured in this week’s issue of Crain’s Detroit Business.

The article—which was written to showcase how second stage companies can think creatively to solve commonly-encountered problems—describes how Sengupta utilized volunteer work to promote his IT business. When faced with a limited advertising budget as he started IPS Technology Services in 2009, Pradip Sengupta started volunteering with business groups, helping them organize events and worked on their boards and special committees.

To read more about how volunteer work helped to increase the visibility of IPS Technology Services, go to http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20150913/NEWS/309139999/getting-the-word-out-how-an-entrepreneur-used-volunteer-work-to or read page 22 of the September 14, 2015 issue.

IPS Technology Services values volunteer work as one important responsibility of a growing company. Please feel free to contact us at info@ipstechnologyservices.com or call 248-526-9000.

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. Technology Consulting, SharePoint, Enterprise Architecture, Best Practices
3. Web based Enterprise and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development, Digital Marketing, and Social Media

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-526-9000, send an email to info@ipstechnologyservices.com or click www.ipstechnologyservices.com.

Detroit-based Butzel Long adds three attorneys in Washington, D.C.; Addition expands firm’s expertise in patent, trademark, government contracts, international and cybersecurity law

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long, one of Michigan’s leading law firms, is growing significantly, with the addition of three attorneys in its Washington, D.C. office and five attorneys in its Ann Arbor, Mich. office since September 1, 2015 , according to Justin G. Klimko, Butzel’s President and Managing Shareholder who made the announcement today. The total number of Butzel attorneys in Washington increases to 19, enhancing Butzel’s presence in the nation’s capital and augmenting the capabilities of its other offices.

“In just two years, we have doubled the size of our Washington, D.C. office,” said Klimko. “We are expanding our footprint to meet our growing client needs.”

John L. Beard

Beard joins Butzel Long as a shareholder to further develop and lead the firm’s growing trademark practice. He is a registered patent attorney with more than 35 years of experience in patent, trademark and copyright law. He also has experience in related licensing, litigation, and agreement work, and in franchise, trade secret and other disciplines of intellectual property law.

At the same time, Beard has significant experience with administering major trademark and copyright licensing and enforcement programs, and with famous mark and other proceedings filed at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He is a charter and current member of the INTA Nonprofit Organizations Committee, and represents non-profit organizations on a wide range of trademark matters.

Beard earned a J.D. and B.S.E.E., with Honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and Minnesota and Wisconsin State Bars. Beard is a resident of Washington, D.C.

Ashley A. Glime

Glime joins the firm as an associate attorney. Her practice focuses on domestic and international trademark matters, including availability searching, filing and prosecuting trademark applications, general counseling, trademark enforcement and resolution.

She has extensive experience with review of watches for major brands of clients and trademark and domain name enforcement, including research and drafting of UDRP complaints to secure transfer of infringing domains. She has experience regarding trademark issues that result from the use of social media.

Glime earned a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 2012. She also received an LL.B from BPP Law School in London, England. She also earned a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 2008. Glime is a resident of Washington, D.C.

Ira E. Hoffman

Hoffman has practiced law for more than 30 years and joins the firm as of Counsel. He focuses his practice on government contracts, international law, commercial litigation and, more recently, cybersecurity.

His government contracts practice includes conducting bid protests, size protests, and claims, and advising clients on a wide range of issues. Hoffman’s international practice focuses on international contracting and compliance with requirements such as the ITAR, EAR and FCPA. His cybersecurity practice focuses on liability for security breaches, M&A due diligence, IG investigations, and strategies for mitigating cyber risk.

Hoffman is Co-Chair of the Tech Council of Maryland Cyber Committee; Co-Chair, CyberMontgomery 2015; Member, Governor’s International Advisory Council (appointed by Governor of Maryland); Member of Board and Instructor, Public Contracting Institute; Member, CyberMaryland Advisory Board; Member, Maryland/Israel Development Center Board of Directors; Fellow, Cyber Security Forum Initiative; Mentor, Merage Institute and Former Adjunct Instructor, George Mason University School of Law (International Trade Law and European Community Law); to name a few.

Hoffman earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1983, where also served on the Law Review. He also earned an M.Sc. (Econ) in1975 and taught at the London School of Economics. Hoffman earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1973. Hoffman is a resident of Rockville, Md.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long