Dickinson Wright Attorney James Spica Published in ACTEC Law Journal

An article by Dickinson Wright Attorney James P. Spica, entitled “Means to an End,” appears in the most recent issue of The ACTEC Law Journal, the scholarly journal of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

The article concerns electively forcing future interests to vest, under the laws of states that have enacted liberal perpetuities reform, in order to comply with federal tax rules against perpetuities. Mr. Spica, an ACTEC Fellow, is a nationally recognized authority on the article’s subject, having drafted the perpetuities reform proposal enacted as the Michigan Personal Property Trust Perpetuities Act of 2008, having published several articles on tax rules against perpetuities in the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal (2006, 2009, and 2013) as well as The Wayne Law Review (2014), and having spoken on the rule against perpetuities in estate planning as a featured speaker, sponsored by Brown Brothers Harriman Trust Company, at the North Carolina Bar Association’s 34th Annual Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Program (2013) and as a regular member of the faculty of the Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute of the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

In addition to being a member of the ACTEC State Law Committee, Mr. Spica is the ABA Advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws’ Drafting Committee on Divided Trusteeships, a member of the Michigan ICLE Probate and Estate Planning Advisory Board, and a recent past member (2006-2015) of the Council (governing body) of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He clerked for Hon. Richard C. Wilbur on the United States Tax Court (1985) and taught taxation, trusts, and decedents’ estates as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy (1989-2000, tenured 1996).

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 400 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has fifteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and eight other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn. (2); Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Brinks Gilson & Lione names 4 Michigan shareholders as firm-wide practice group chairs for 2016

Four shareholders from the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, have been reappointed as firm-wide chairpersons of the firm’s legal and industry practice groups for 2016.

In the area of legal practice groups, Michael Spink continues to serve as chair of the Licensing Group and the Intellectual Asset Management Group and Jon Beaupre continues as co-chair of the Post-Grant Patent Group.

In the area of industry practice groups, Bill Boudreaux continues as co-chair of the Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Industry Practice Group and Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda continues as chair of the Nanotechnology Group.

Separately, Bill Boudreaux was re-elected to serve a second, one-year term as a member of Brinks’ board of directors.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property. Brinks is 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.

Walsh College Invites Area Employers to “Internship Connection 2016”

Walsh College will host nearly 50 area employers seeking candidates for student internships at its Internship Connection 2016, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, in the College’s Frankel Lobby, Troy Campus, 3838 Livernois Road.

The free event will give students the opportunity to network face-to-face with employers offering internships in professional careers, including accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, information technology, cybersecurity, sales, and general business.

Employers wishing to participate should contact careerservices@walshcollege.edu or call 248-823-1625.

“Internship Connection provides a great opportunity for students to ask questions and get more information about possible internships,” said Brenda Paine, director, Career Services. “An internship may give students a career boost and a competitive advantage for jobs in their chosen field.”

To get the most value from the event, it is suggested that students dress professionally, bring resumes, and research the attending companies that interest them in advance of the event.

For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Auto Show Perfect Platform to Showcase Industry’s Resurgence to Global Investors

The 2016 North American International Auto Show offered the perfect backdrop for the Detroit Regional Chamber to show the economic resurgence of Detroit to a global business audience. In addition to the automotive industry, the state and region’s assets were on display during a week of events hosted by the Chamber.

Among this year’s highlights include:

  • Partnering with Delta Air Lines to host over 350 guests, including 54 economic developers and business prospects from around the nation, in the Delta Sky Lounge during Industry Preview Days.
  • Leading a tour of the NAIAS showroom floor with the Michigan Legislature’s Automotive Caucus, and hosting a reception with MICHauto investors.
  • Framing the auto industry and the Detroit region’s comeback for over a dozen local and national media, including: CCTV America, The Detroit News and WJR 760.
  • Building on MICHauto’s #MichiganIsAuto social media campaign to increase awareness about the auto industry, including a billboard on I-94 near Detroit Metro Airport.
  • Hosting senior members of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, TACOM and TARDEC for a tour of the NAIAS showroom floor to highlight the economic impact of the defense industry in Southeast Michigan.
  • Inviting International Automotive Components President and CEO Steve Miller to keynote the MICHauto Annual Meeting, who discussed the importance of Michigan’s R&D leadership.

Brooks Kushman Associate Named 2016 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40

Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that Associate Rachel A. Smith has been selected as a member of the 2016 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class, one of 40 individuals L. Brooks Patterson is recognizing for their innovation, talent and leadership. Mr. Patterson will recognize the 2016 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac prior to the State of the County Address.

Smith was recognized for her efforts with the Girls Scouts of Southeast Michigan and contributions to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Smith has helped pioneer the IP Patch events for Girl Scouts troops in Michigan, where she educates Girl Scouts on the importance and protection of intellectual property. The IP Patch was created by the Girl Scouts as a supplement to the Innovation badge series with the help of industry partners like the Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Smith specializes in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the mechanical and electrical arts. She represents clients in the consumer electronics, automotive, medical device and IT network industries. Her practice further includes drafting patentability, infringement, validity and freedom to operate opinions.

Smith earned her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University in Ada. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Oakland County, and the United State Patent and Trademark Office. She is also the Secretary of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and serves on the Women in IP Law Committee for the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

According to Oakland County, nearly 450 applications and nominations were reviewed by an independent panel of judges, looking for the top 40 young professionals and thought leaders who live or work in Oakland County. The 40 honorees were selected for displaying excellence in their field and contributing to the quality of life in their communities.

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.

Emagine Theatre’s Paul Glantz: Detroit’s Future Predicated on Retaining Talent

Detroit and Michigan are on their way back, but continuing that momentum is predicated on cultivating and retaining a talented workforce, according to Paul Glantz, founder and chairman of Emagine Entertainment Inc. Glantz will share his business acumen and tips at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Inside the CEO Mind on Feb. 3. Read Glantz’s Q&A with the eDetroiter and register today.

Q. What leadership qualities stand out in your mind?

A. One must be firmly grounded in his or her beliefs and be willing to take risks in the face of adversity. Of course, in arriving at one’s direction, it is critically important that all risks and rewards shall have been fully vetted in advance. Above all else, a leader must set a moral tenor that is above reproach and instill such a value system in his or her organization.

Q. How do you foster creative and innovative thinking within your organization?

A. I’m not a micromanager nor do I have a lock on all knowledge in the universe. Good ideas can proliferate from anywhere in the organization. It is my job to foster an environment in which teammates are empowered to do their jobs and feel like their views and ideas are valued. Hopefully, I am doing so through my words and my deeds.

Q. What is most important to you – mission, vision, or core values? Why?

A. Without question, it is core values. Visions can be obscured and missions evolve over time. However, core values are timeless. For example, one of our core values is to always place the interest of our client or our guest ahead of our own. Almost without question, that leads to success for both parties. I’m a strong believer in the adage that all success is borne out of serving others.

Q. In your opinion, what should be the Detroit region’s next steps to foster business growth?

A. We need parents to recognize that they are primarily responsible for educating their children. We are now a skills-based society and every child should be encouraged to gain an education that allows him or her to be employed in a fulfilling career. If Detroit and Southeast Michigan are going to see sustained economic growth it will be predicated on cultivating and retaining skilled workers.

Q. What advice would you give to a young business person or CEO considering Detroit?

A. Detroit offers a great quality of life. Take it from someone born and raised here who has traveled extensively: on balance, you can’t do any better.

Q. What are the most important decisions that you face daily as a leader?

A. Such decisions almost universally involve personnel and ensuring that one’s teammates are both skilled in their roles and possess the requisite resources to succeed in accomplishing their goals.

Q. If you were to give your 20-year-old self some business advice, what would it be?

A. Whether you recognize it or not, you are always auditioning, and you never know who can play a positive role on your future. Do your absolute best at every task that is assigned to you. Don’t worry about what’s fair. Life isn’t fair.

Register today to see Paul Glantz at the Chamber’s Inside the CEO Mind event at Emagine Royal Oak on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

#MichiganIsAuto Social Media Contest Winners Announced

MA social media AdFresh off the largest attended North American International Auto Show in over a decade, MICHauto recently announced the winners of its wildly successful #MichiganIsAuto social media contest. The purpose of the contest, which ran during the auto show from Jan. 11 to  Jan. 22, was to promote Michigan as the epicenter of the automotive industry via creative photo submissions.

More than 100 photos with the hashtag #MichiganIsAuto were entered on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  The prizes included: a $500 gift card, Shinola watch, dinner at a Detroit restaurant and a day at the Michigan International Speedway.

As the unified voice for Michigan’s automotive cluster, MICHauto is dedicated to promoting, growing and retaining the automotive industry in Michigan.

For more information, visit www.michauto.org.

Winners:

Jason Brown (a day at Michigan International Speedway)
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Brad O’Donnell (Shinola watch)
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Kristin Shaw ($500 gift card)
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Alyssa Tracey (dinner at a Detroit restaurant)
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Brooks Kushman Attorneys Guide Inventors and Students at Wayne State’s Patent Procurement Clinic

Brooks Kushman attorneys David C. Berry and Michael N. MacCallum recently were appointed adjunct professors at Wayne State University Law School, and will supervise Wayne’s successful Patent Procurement Clinic.

As a leader in intellectual property (IP) law, Wayne Law’s Patent Procurement Clinic is part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Clinic Certification Program, and one of about 45 participating law school clinics in the country offering clients important services such as patentability services, patent application drafting, and responses to patent office rejections. The Wayne State clinic provides law school students interested in patent law the opportunity to learn practical skills such as patent application drafting, under the direction of experienced practitioners. The Clinic also provides pro bono patent legal services to metro Detroit inventors.

Adjunct professors Berry and MacCallum will teach students strategies and good practices regarding meeting with clients, conducting patentability searches, drafting patent applications, and prosecuting the applications before the Patent Office. Berry and MacCallum, who both are registered patent attorneys, supervise all of the clinic’s patent services provided by upper-level Law School students with degrees in engineering or science. They co-teach Wayne Law’s Patent Procurement Clinic and Advanced Patent Procurement Clinic courses.

Berry has more than 12 years of experience as a law school professor and over 15 years of law practice experience focusing on patent litigation and IP licensing. He provides counsel to Brooks Kushman’s clients on issues of patent and licensing disputes and has represented clients in all phases of litigation, including pre-trial proceedings, bench and jury trials and appeals, including arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Berry currently is chair-elect of the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section and is a member of the board of directors of the national Patent Pro Bono Advisory Council.

MacCallum’s practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the automotive and manufacturing industries. An alumnus of Wayne Law, he is also actively involved in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Office.

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.

Troy Chamber of Commerce Appoints Hitachi Business Finance President Mike Semanco to Board of Directors

Hitachi Business Finance announced today that President and COO Mike Semanco has been appointed to the Troy Chamber Board of Directors.

The Troy Chamber exists to help create long-term economic vibrancy, vitality, and stability for Troy’s business community. Representing more than 650 businesses, the Troy Chamber serves as the city’s primary business information resource and helps businesses get connected and stay connected.

“The Troy Chamber of Commerce has long been known for its attention to and respect for the area business community. I am honored to serve on the board and look forward to contributing to the future direction and growth of the organization,” said Semanco.

“I have known Mike for several years and have always appreciated his keen sense of business,” said Chamber President Ara Topouzian. “A true entrepreneur, I look forward to working closer with Mike in moving the Troy Chamber upward and onward.”

About Hitachi Business Finance
Hitachi Business Finance is a division of Hitachi Capital America Corp. and provides customized, flexible financing solutions for companies looking for creative options to grow and sustain their businesses. Our solutions include factoring, revolving lines of credit secured by accounts receivable, inventory, and equipment, and government contractor financing. Based in Rochester, Michigan with offices in Atlanta, we provide financing solutions for small to mid-market companies across the United States. Learn more by visiting www.hitachibusinessfinance.com or calling (248) 658-1100.

About Hitachi Capital America Corp.
Hitachi Capital America Corp. is an independent, diversified leasing and financial services company providing financing to Hitachi group companies and the commercial business sector in the United States and Canada. Hitachi Capital America offers a variety of asset-based financing solutions with a business focus on truck, vendor, trade, and medical equipment finance, as well as lease discounting and software financing.

Learn more at www.hitachicapitalamerica.com.

Brooks Kushman Earns Gold Honors In World Trademark Review 1000 Listing

Brooks Kushman has been recognized as a gold-standard trademark firm for the second year by Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual World Trademark Review 1000, a guide that recognizes the world’s top trademark law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. Of the Michigan firms listed in the directory, Brooks Kushman is the only firm listed as a gold-standard trademark firm.

“We are honored to be recognized by the World Trademark Review for the second consecutive year.” said, Mark Cantor president of Brooks Kushman. “Our trademark group works around the clock to ensure client satisfaction and their brands are being protected around the globe. I am happy they are being honored for their accomplishments.”

In addition to the firm’s recognition, President Mark A. Cantor and Shareholders Marc Lorelli, Robyn Lederman, and Elizabeth Janda were also recognized as top trademark leaders in the state. Cantor is recognized as a “vital cog in an exceptional litigation team”, while Lorelli is deemed an anchor to the trademark litigation practice and instrumental in driving the firm’s growth. Lederman and Janda are praised for their energy and efficiency, as well as their high client satisfaction rates and large network of international associates and portfolios.

According to IAM, the annual guide is compiled through an extensive 5-month research process. More than 1,500 interviews are completed by in-house counsel and partners at law firms around the world. Only firms and individuals who receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market in which they operate qualify for inclusion in the publication.

Brooks Kushman employs more than 80 intellectual property professionals handling a full range of intellectual property matters nationally and around the world.

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 visit www.BrooksKushman.com.