Douglas Marketing Group announces industry awards

Douglas Marketing Group (DMG), an international marketing and PR firm with a 25-year history of award-winning creative initiatives, announces recent awards received for client websites.

DMG’s website for Detroit-based Ideal Shield, a member company of the Ideal Group, a manufacturer of various facility maintenance products, received the Hermes Creative Gold award from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. Overall, the competition received more than 6,000 entries from around the world. The website can be viewed at

DMG received a Silver 2016 Summit Creative Award for Consumer Image Website for its work with the spirits maker, Wolfhead Distillery, which is about an hour across the water from Detroit and the first new distillery to open in the Southern Ontario region since Prohibition. The website can be viewed at

About Douglas Marketing Group
Celebrating a quarter century of providing art- and technology-infused, relationship-based marketing solutions, Douglas Marketing Group (DMG) is the visionary behind the marketing brand management software and visual roadmap, DMG Big Picture Landscape® and its companion software, ROIAlly™, the strategic marketing return on investment budget tracker. With offices in Detroit and Windsor and Niagara, Ontario, the full service marketing and public relations firm offers international reach and local appeal.

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Brinks Gilson & Lione attorney discusses 6 steps of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM)

As the ongoing patent wars between Apple and Android will attest, managing and protecting intellectual property while gauging the competition is an increasingly sophisticated and complex operation. Keith D. Weiss, Ph.D., an IP attorney with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., advises businesses to incorporate intellectual asset management (IAM) into their corporate business strategy in order to leverage innovation and generate revenue.

“It’s not limited to corporate behemoths. Establishing a comprehensive intellectual asset management process is important to corporations of all sizes, but it can be a tough proposition,” Weiss said. “The key challenges are managing costs, establishing portfolios and leveraging value. Corporations want to monetize their existing IP, manage their IP portfolios and protect or enforce their IP rights, but need to have a plan to do so.”

Weiss says intellectual asset management begins with innovation, awareness and continual improvement, but is really a six-pronged, on-going process that involves:

1. Setting technology and IP goals by defining an IP asset policy and creating an innovative culture;

2. Creating IP assets by confirming ownership through the establishment of proper invention disclosure review, employee/contractor agreements and trade secret policies and procedures;

3. Protecting IP assets by establishing an IP portfolio that comprises one or more patents, trademarks and/or trade secrets;

4. Reducing liability and limiting exposure by setting and meeting confidentiality obligations, establishing freedom to operate, implementing document retention and conducting on-going employee training;

5. Leveraging IP assets by establishing a technology licensing process, obtaining competitive intelligence, performing infringement analyses and/or fostering joint development relationships; and

6. Auditing IP assets by performing due diligence, analyzing the strength/weakness of the IP portfolio, monitoring metrics, pursuing litigation or implementing tax strategies.

With the cost of a global patent family that includes patents issued in only five jurisdictions running approximately $166,500 over a 20-year period, Weiss recommends companies periodically review their existing portfolios in view of:

• Evolving business goals (core vs. non-core)
• Multi-generation product plan with respect to coverage and gaps
• Market trends and customer needs
• Introduction of competitive products
• New technology developments vs. obsolescence
• Changes in regulations or court decisions
• Budget costs with recognition of value added functionality

“A periodic evaluation of an IP portfolio will help companies determine what portion of their portfolio they should (a) maintain and enforce, (b) license or sell, and (c) abandon altogether,” Weiss said.

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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.

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Brooks Kushman Attorneys Elected State Bar IP Section Officers

Brooks Kushman attorneys David C. Berry and Hope Shovein have been elected to serve one-year terms as Chair and Chair-Elect, respectively, of the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section. The election took place on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the section’s annual meeting at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

As Chair, Berry will be responsible for oversight of the group of over 1200 members, report on the section’s efforts and contributions at each annual State Bar of Michigan meeting and oversee the section’s various events throughout the year. He also chairs the steering committee of the Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project, which is a service project of the section. Berry is a registered patent attorney and has more than 15 years of law practice experience focusing on patent litigation and IP licensing. He 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.

As Chair-Elect, Shovein will succeed Berry as Chair in July 2017. She will also preside over the section’s meetings and oversee the Intellectual Property committees as needed. Shovein previously served as the section’s Secretary-Treasurer. 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 representing clients in domain name disputes.

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan provides education, information and analysis about laws and procedures pertaining to federal and state patent, trademark and copyright laws through a variety of activities including meetings, seminars and publication of a newsletter. The section reports proposed legislation, supports the legal education of members and the general public and promotes the fair and just administration of such laws.

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, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today.

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Rehmann’s Fred Schaard honored with 2016 Heidi Bolger Award

Rehmann Principal Fred Schaard, CFP®, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Heidi Bolger Award.

The award is presented by Rehmann’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) Council in recognition of an associate who has gone above and beyond in their support of women’s career advocacy in the firm.

A strong supporter of women’s career advocacy at Rehmann for many years, Schaard has played a notable role on the WIN Council and has developed remarkable mentoring relationships with associates.

In addition, Schaard is dedicated to creating an environment conducive to women’s success in the community. He has achieved this through his leadership-level involvement with organizations such as Sparrow Foundation’s Women Working Wonders.

“Fred’s passion for WIN, and for women’s advocacy in general, has made a big impact on both the Firm and the associates he’s mentored,” said Randy Rupp, Rehmann CEO. “It’s inspiring to see his enthusiasm for and dedication to shaping the future of women’s initiatives at Rehmann.”

About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann is ranked as the 30th largest firm in the United States, with nearly 800 associates located in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach.

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Bug Bounties, Data Privacy and Why You Should Be Aware of a 15-Year-Old in the Philippines



Automotive executives and industry stakeholders gathered at Cobo today to talk about the key cybersecurity issues facing the industry at the Billington Global Automotive Cybersecurity Summit. Keynote speakers included: GM CEO Mary Barra, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Asst. Attorney General for National Security John Carlin, among many panelists and speakers.

Here are a few takeaways that stood out:

Cybersecurity is a growing national and public safety issue

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save countless lives from fatal accidents. On the flip side, the more technology the greater the risk of cyber threats. As Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin pointed out: “If (terrorists) are trying to get people to drive trucks into people in public – it doesn’t take too much imagination that to realize that they’d do the same thing with autonomous vehicles.”

You can’t do it alone, collaborate

The words of the day were collaboration and trust. In a connected world, a Toyota Prius is going to have to talk to a Chevy Bolt. So if the vehicles have to communicate, so will the companies that make them. It’s not only needed, it’s inevitable. So best now to collaborate and build those relationships, which will only be more critical with autonomous vehicles. U.S. Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx closed with some sage advice: “There is no company that can accomplish (in cybersecurity) what all companies can accomplish together.”

Hackers are going to hack, so put them to work for you

Panelist after panelist raised the issue of hackers and how they hold the key to creating resilient defenses and outsmarting cyber criminals. Businesses should embrace and seek out “white-hat” hackers to lengthen their talent pipeline and bolster their defenses. Holding hack-a-thons and paying out bug bounties to hackers who can identify your vulnerabilities before criminals do, will pay huge dividends. As one panelist alluded to, Fortune 500 companies must recognize that the key to their cybersecurity defense may be a 15-year-old kid in the Philippines with an innate curiosity in finding out how things work, and how they can be broken. Embrace crowd-sourcing, there’s a lot of talent out there in curious hackers looking to do good … often for a fraction of the price.

In 10 years, fully autonomous vehicles will be available for sale

That was the estimate provided during a panel featuring GM’s Mark Reuss and Carnegie Mellon Professor Raj Rajkumar. If that’s the case, establishing robust cybersecurity into design on the front end of prototype development has to start now … no delays. Cars that drive themselves are no joke, but the company that doesn’t include cybersecurity into design likely will be.

Cybersecurity is a C-suite issue

If GM’s CEO Mary Barra is concerned about cybersecurity and taking a hands-on approach in bolstering her company’s defenses … you should too. Successful CEOs of her caliber with her busy schedule don’t waste time on trivial things. With the onset of the Internet of Things and fully connected vehicles (and fully connected employees), cyber breaches will only become more sophisticated and frequent. CEOs must engage cybersecurity head-on.

You can’t embarrass a dead person (says a panelist)

With the amount of consumer and performance data flowing through a vehicle growing rapidly, questions loom about who can access that information and how it can be used. As a panel pointed out, it’s likely to pit consumer privacy advocates against public safety advocates, and create a tension between the need to protect one’s info and investigating accidents by gathering info/evidence from vehicles. Josh Corman, director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative for the Atlantic Council, put it bluntly: “If we’re not careful, we’re going to have corpses with their privacy intact.” A delicate balance will be needed.

The 25th Annual “On the Course for Academic Achievement” Golf Outing To Benefit the Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan

The Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan (ULDSEM), celebrating 100 years of service, will host its 25th Annual Golf Outing “On the Course for Academic Achievement,” on Monday,
August 15, 2016.

The golf outing will be held at the prestigious TPC in Dearborn, Michigan. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Lunch and refreshments will be served on the golf course, and a full-course buffet will await the golfers as they finish their round of play. Raffles and a silent auction will also be held for fabulous prizes. In addition, participants will be able to enter various competitions in conjunction with prizes, including longest drive and closest to the pin. The Awards Ceremony and Recognitions will be held in the TPC banquet room during the buffet.

Golfers participating will win the satisfaction of supporting youth development and educational initiatives, and knowing that the ULDSEM are good stewards of each dollar raised through its “On the Course for Academic Achievement” golf outing.

The results are in for the 2016 ULDSEM College Club graduates with scholarship totaling over $1Million! This is very impressive news! Here’s a highlight of some of the College Club students: Alana Crawford ($399,788) will attend Xavier University; Daria Bailey ($347,206) will attend Michigan State University; Daziah Parker ($168,520) will attend Michigan State University; Donte Woodget ($64,500) will attend University of Michigan; Jade Isby ($41,050) will attend University of Michigan; and LaShante Parker ($109,407) will attend Oakland University. Supporters of the golf outing helped make all of this possible.

“Our annual golf outing has a dual purpose,’ said N. Charles Anderson, President & CEO; ‘it is a friend and fund raiser in support of our important programming for youth, and a great day of fun while celebrating the successes of the students we serve throughout the year.”

The ULDSEM is the one non-profit in the region that is tackling the tough issues every day with our signature programs and services that produce tangible and impactful outcomes. By increasing the graduation rates in our region, we are equipping our youth with the educational tools they need to be successful members of society. The funds raised from our 25th Annual “On the Course for Academic Achievement” continue to support and enhance our academic programs.

For more information and reservations call 313.831.5573 or email:

8th annual Escape To Belle Isle raised funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

Detroit … The 8th annual Escape to Belle Isle 5K/10K walk/run on July 16 was a resounding success, bringing out hundreds of couples, families and extended families who ran or walked alongside speedier runners. All relished the flat course with scenic views of the Detroit River and Detroit skyline, framed by the Scott Fountain.

This high-spirited, Detroit-based race benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, which provides families with a home away from home while their child is in the hospital for treatment of a serious illness or injury.

Co-hosts of the event were Jenna Greenman, an attorney at Kitch Attorneys & Counselors and a board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, and her husband Milt Greenman. As trial lawyers, she defends cases for medical malpractice while Milt represents the plaintiff in medical malpractice cases. Both are runners who reside in West Bloomfield.

Jenna said, “This year, we had a 55-year-old gentleman who has run our race before and had a stroke three months prior to this year’s race. He told his family, ‘I will be at Belle Isle in July.’ He walked with a cane for the entire 5K course, along with his four grown sons. He never gave up and finished in two hours. It brought us to tears, and shows what we can do when we set our minds to it.”

“Funds raised at this event typically are in the $10,000 range and this year we are on track to meet that mark” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit.
The top male and female finishers in the 5K race were Matt Denlinger who came in 21:26 and Shannon Fasca, of Wyandotte, who finished in 25:01. Winners of the 10K were Brandon Coats, who ran in 38:58 and Elizabeth O’donnell, who finished in 46:52.
The Belle Isle Casino served as classy launch pad for the crowd with its elegant stone pillars, wide steps and wrap-around porch. The starting and finish line was at the base of the casino, facing the river.
D.J. Michael Karach played music that got people revved up for the race.
The race was sponsored by Kitch Attorneys & Counselors, Absopure and Running Fit.

HopCat Sets Standard of Excellence in Food, Brew and Eco Footprint

By Daniel A. Washington

The name HopCat may be new to some, but is revered by many in the Detroit region because of each location’s uniqueness and uncompromising quality. Founder and owner Mark Sellers, would have it no other way as he prides himself on his business approach and dedication to localism as his food and pub chain continues its rapid growth.

The Detroit Regional Chamber caught up with Sellers to talk about his keys to creating a local business success in HopCat, a woodwork-filled brew pub with a massive beer list that offers creative brunch and comfort food.

Read the Q&A with Chamber member HopCat founder and register for the Inside the CEO Mind on Aug. 16 at the Midtown location.

Q. What all went into the ideation of “HopCat”?

A. I came up with the name HopCat based off of my love for jazz music and beer. In jazz if you are a cool cat you are hepcat, and beer has hops in it, so we called it HopCat.

I wanted a lot of craft beer and I didn’t want there to be any Bud, Miller or Coors, just craft beer from small breweries, so that is what we did. I didn’t want the employees to wear uniforms. People in most places make their employees wear an outfit, I just wanted them to be themselves. I wanted a lot of local art work and music related artwork because I love music. I wanted the food to be comfort food that goes well with beer.

Q. What do you think has helped HopCat become such a success?

A. We didn’t really try to do anything by the book, we just crack friesdid what I thought I would want if I were the customer, I just thought about myself as a customer. It turned out to really resonate with people, because it is different than other places. The artwork is different, the music is different, the craft beer thing was different, at that time especially. Then we had this dish called crack fries, which are seasoned French fries, that people seemed to really love almost immediately.

Q. What led you to opening a location in Detroit?

A. I started looking at opening a location in Detroit at least two years before we ended up opening it in 2014. We really wanted to be a part of the renaissance in Detroit. I could see that it was starting to go in the right direction and I wanted to be here early before the resurgence in interest.

We found the location on the corner of Woodward and Canfield, after looking at maybe 30 locations. I bought the building from the Michigan Land Bank and then we spent about $4 million to rehab it.

Q. Rumor has it that employees helped create a recycling program, that has been implemented at each location. Is it true?

A. When I started HopCat we weren’t recycling at first and a lot of the employees came to me and said, we couldSellersCropped be recycling this stuff. I just said to myself, yeah, I really want to develop a program to minimize waste. So, early on with the help of employees, we came up with this program where we would compost and recycle anything that we could and then whatever is left over we would dispose of in the landfill.

We had a couple people on staff who volunteered to help develop that program and led the training materials.

Over the years the training and program has gotten more and more sophisticated, so we have gotten better and better at it – at this point, about 35 percent goes to compost, 55 percent goes to recycling and 10 percent goes to the landfill.

Q. What can we expect next from the HopCat brand?

A. The next location we are opening is in Louisville, Kentucky on July 30. That is actually going to be our biggest location, it is 14,000-square-feet. Detroit is 12,000-square-feet by comparison, so it is even bigger than the Detroit location, so we are really excited about that.

Then Chicago is opening on Sept. 3 on Clark Street, which is a high volume, high traffic and is a north to south artery through the city.

Q. What is next for you as you have made a second career out of the food and brew industry?

A. I am going to keep doing this until it is no longer fun. And what is fun for me is designing each location to look different, that is what I really get excited about. Also, just being creative and coming up with new menu items which I am involved in and managing the bars’ music lists, which is constantly changing. As long as I can do that stuff and have other people run the bars for me, I am going to keep doing this.

Chamber Welcomes New Board Members, Dennis Archer Jr. as Chair

This week, the Detroit Regional Chamber welcomed eight new C-suite level members to its Board of Directors while Archer Corporate Services President Dennis Archer Jr. became Chair of the Board at the first meeting in the 2016-17 fiscal year. Archer, who chaired the highly successful 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference succeeds Deloitte’s Michigan Managing Partner Mark Davidoff whose one-year term as Board Chair came to an end.

“I look forward to working with leadership on all the Chamber initiatives in place,” said Archer, whose father Mayor Dennis Archer held the same position ten years ago. “We’ll be focusing a lot on business attraction and also on speaking to the industries and businesses that are here so that they don’t leave, because there are a lot states and countries that are easing into town and trying to attract our businesses to other parts of the country and world.”

In addition to protecting assets like the defense industry, he also highlighted inclusion and education as top priorities and critical issues facing the region that need attention from the business community.

The new board members, representing the region and a variety of industries, include:

  • Laurent Bresson, President, Nexteer Automotive
  • Lane Coleman, President and CEO, Strike Group
  • John Diggins, Partner, Platinum Equity
  • Mark Douglas, President, Avis Ford, Inc.
  • John Fechushak, Vice President of Airport Customer Service, Delta Air Lines
  • Patti Poppe, President and CEO, Consumers Energy
  • Arn Tellem, Vice Chairman, Palace Sports and Entertainment
  • Tifiany Walker, CEO, WalkerHealthcareIT

In recognizing the new members Baruah said: “Thank you so much. We know you’re volunteering your incredibly valuable time. You are all C-suite leaders that work nationally and internationally and the fact that you’d spend some time with us, we’re very pleased and honored by that.”

With gratitude, the Chamber honored Davidoff for his work as Chair of the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference and the Board this past year.

“Mark is not only a fantastic friend, he’s been another transformative leader as Chair of the Board. He led an outstanding (2015) Mackinac Policy Conference,” Baruah said. “Under his leadership the Conference really started to tackle some social issues that the Conference was hesitant to take on in the past. The notion of inclusion and economic opportunity for all was a key theme of Mark’s chairmanship of the Conference and that continues on with us today.”

Davidoff will remain a member of the Board as Immediate Past Chair and serve on the Executive Committee.

“Although I’m stepping out of this seat, I’m committed to being continually involved and helpful in every way I can and continue to knit together all those concentric circles we run in in this town and state to make Michigan what it is,” said Davidoff. “I can’t thank you enough for the honor to have served … and look forward to working together on moving this community forward.”

The staff also recognized the service of outgoing members of the Executive Committee in attendance including Deidre Bounds, COO, Ignite Social Media who served on the Board since 2009 and Nancy Schlichting, CEO, Henry Ford Health System, who served since 2005, including as Chair of the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference and Board of Directors in 2013.

View the entire list of Board of Directors here.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Cynthia Moore Named a “2016 Women in the Law” Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Cynthia A. Moore has been selected as a “2016 Women in the Law” Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Ms. Moore is the Practice Department Manager for the firm’s domestic relations, employee benefits, estate planning, gaming and immigration practices. She is a national expert on fringe benefit plans and is counsel to numerous plan sponsors in the design, administration and qualification of qualified retirement plans, with an emphasis on 401(k) plans. She has counseled numerous clients on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She also counsels companies and compensation committees on the tax, ERISA, and securities law aspects of executive compensation programs, such as supplemental executive retirement plans, stock option plans, restricted stock plans, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans, including Code Section 409A compliance.

Ms. Moore is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Oakland County Bar Association. She regularly speaks at seminars across the state regarding employee benefits and taxation issues. Ms. Moore is listed as a “Leader in her Field” in Chambers USA for employee benefits & executive compensation in the state of Michigan and is recognized for her expertise by Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, and Dbusiness Top Lawyers. She received her B.A. from Alma College, her M.S.L. from Western Michigan University, and her J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Each year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selects 30 lawyers to honor as “Women in the Law”. “Women in the Law” are lawyers who are committed to excellence in the practice of law while inspiring and serving as mentors to other women in the profession. The “2016 Women in the Law” will be honored at an annual luncheon and awards celebration on September 15, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

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 seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; 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.

As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, 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 firm evaluating organizations.