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Brooks Kushman Hosts Intellectual Property Panel at Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Southfield, Mich. – To help start-up companies understand the importance and value of intellectual property (IP), Brooks Kushman Shareholder Sangeeta Shah will host an IP panel at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, which the firm is also sponsoring.

The panel will take place on November 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Ms. Shah will lead a panel of Metro Detroit technology and start-up leaders in a discussion on the growth of technology companies and start-ups in the region.

“We had a great turn out at our panel last year,” said Ms. Shah. “We’re looking forward to assisting this year’s companies with any questions they have regarding intellectual property. The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition provides such a fantastic opportunity for these businesses, we’re happy to give them all of the advice we have to offer.”

Ms. Shah is Brooks Kushman’s co-chair of post-grant proceedings and chief diversity officer. Her practice is primarily focused on post-grant challenges and patent opinions. She represents several Fortune 500 clients for whom she provides strategic counseling and guidance on their global IP portfolios. She is frequently called upon to counsel clients in developing best practices and strategic planning of their patent portfolios, including writing successful patent applications in complex and novel situations, in anticipation of possible future litigation. She works closely with clients from the earliest stages of their technical development, offering valuable advice about how to protect their inventions and new ideas in view of their business strategies.

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business competition designed to highlight Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity. The competition honors the best and brightest early-stage entrepreneurs and rewards them with more than $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes. The event takes place Nov. 4 to Nov. 6 in Detroit. For more information about the competition, visit www.acceleratemichigan.org.

About Brooks Kushman:
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.