Howard & Howard Expands Metro Detroit Office

Royal Oak, Michigan, December 11, 2018:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Richard J. Cantor has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office.

Mr. Cantor concentrates his practice in intellectual property with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications. He has experience in the software, computer, electrical, and mechanical arts, including the areas of automotive telematics and infotainment systems, communications, wireless signal processing, autonomous vehicles, and revenue and inventory management.  Mr. Cantor advises clients and drafts written opinions relating to patentability, non-infringement and invalidity, and represents clients in post grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He also counsels clients in trademark matters and procures trademark registrations on their behalf.

Mr. Cantor received his J.D., cum laude, from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2013. He earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2010 and his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Michigan State University in 2008. Mr. Cantor is licensed to practice in the states of Michigan and Ohio, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax.  Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

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Brooks Kushman Ranked In The Top 30 Patent Firms For 2017 By IP Watchdog

Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked by IP Watchdog as the 28th Top Patent Firm for 2017 based on utility patent filings. Each year, IP Watchdog releases a listing of top patent law firms based on the total number of U.S. utility patents issued.

“Every year, Brooks Kushman continues to climb in distinguished rankings in publications like IP Watchdog. We attribute this growth to our commitment to client satisfaction, quality, and the talent of our team,” said John Nemazi, Co-Chair of the firm’s patent prosecution department. “Our attorneys work closely with clients throughout each stage of the process to ensure that the firm provides them the best service possible. This recognition is truly a testament to all of those individual efforts.”

IP Watchdog is a premiere online journal in the intellectual property space, and has been repeatedly recognized by the American Bar Association as a top legal blog. They focus their content on business, substance, policy and law of patents, technology, and innovation, but also cover copyrights and trademarks.


About Brooks Kushman P.C.

Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices across the nation, 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. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brooks Kushman Associate Featured in EE Times

Brooks Kushman Associate Richard Leach was featured in EE Times’ April 18, 2016 article, “Open Source: Licensing Pitfalls May Outweigh Benefits.”

The article discusses the potential pitfalls of using open source software without carefully considering the licenses involved. There are thousands of open-source licenses in use, but the vast majority use one of five main licenses. In some cases, these licenses can be incompatible with each other, which can lead to conflicts with business objectives.

Leach recommends a three-step approach for companies to protect themselves while using open-source software, including developing an open-source strategy and company policy, educating developers and ensuring product software complies with relevant open-source licenses.

Leach is a member of Brooks Kushman’s open source software compliance practice, where he advises companies on becoming compliant with open source license agreements. His practice also includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electrical and mechanical arts.

The full article can be found on the EE Times website here.

Brooks Kushman Associate Featured in EE Times

Brooks Kushman Associate Richard Leach was featured in EE Times’ April 18, 2016 article, “Open Source: Licensing Pitfalls May Outweigh Benefits.”

The article discusses the potential pitfalls of using open source software without carefully considering the licenses involved. There are thousands of open-source licenses in use, but the vast majority use one of five main licenses. In some cases, these licenses can be incompatible with each other, which can lead to conflicts with business objectives.

Leach recommends a three-step approach for companies to protect themselves while using open-source software, including developing an open-source strategy and company policy, educating developers and ensuring product software complies with relevant open-source licenses.

Leach is a member of Brooks Kushman’s open source software compliance practice, where he advises companies on becoming compliant with open source license agreements. His practice also includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electrical and mechanical arts.

The full article can be found on the EE Times website here.

Brooks Kushman Ranked in Top 2015 PTAB Firms by Docket Navigator

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Brooks Kushman has been named one of the top Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) law firms in a 2015 annual report published by Docket Navigator. The list includes top law firms and corporate legal departments ranked by the number of inter partes review, covered business methods, and post grant review proceedings in 2015 in which the organization represented one of the litigants. In 2015 there were 1,797 new patent litigation proceedings in the PTAB, a 7% increase over 2014.

Docket Navigator provides a set of powerful research and reporting tools for high stakes litigation including an alert service with automatic updates for patent litigation decisions using a proprietary database developed and maintained by seasoned patent litigators. Their Docket Report extracts data from government sources such as Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office databases, and Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS). Editors manually clean, normalize and correct data followed by a refined review of experienced US patent litigators and agents who code, classify and summarize the data by hand.

In addition to the firm’s ranking, Brooks Kushman Shareholder Frank Angileri was ranked one of the top PTAB attorneys as measured by number of inter partes review, covered business methods, and post grant review proceedings in 2015 in which the attorney represented one of the litigants.

The full Docket Navigator report can be accessed here.

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. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brooks Kushman Associate to Present at Embedded Systems Conference in Boston

Brooks Kushman Associate Richard Leach will present during the Embedded Systems Conference on April 13, 2016 in Boston, MA.

Leach and Rod Cope, Chief Technology Officer of Rogue Wave Software, will discuss legal and practical considerations in developing embedded systems using open source software (OSS). Attendees will learn multiple OSS licenses and their terms, various development and integration tools, methods to audit their projects and assess which OSS limitations may not be acceptable to their customers. The session will also explore how recent court decisions have altered the development landscape.

Leach’s practice focuses on open source compliance and patent prosecution in electrical and mechanical arts. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, he worked in the semiconductor industry for more than 20 years as a system application engineer, IC design engineer, product engineer and test engineer. Richard holds a patent and has authored and presented several articles on digital signal processing and digital control theory.

He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy, a Bachelor of Science in Microelectronic Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Open Source Committee.

The 2016 ESC Boston Conference Program consists of four general topics with sessions covering all aspects of embedded system design, including Embedded Hardware and Software, Connected Devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) and ESC Engineering Theater. For additional information, visit http://www.embeddedconf.com/boston/.

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.

For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brooks Kushman Shareholder to Moderate Women’s Leadership Forum Panel

Brooks Kushman Shareholder Kristin Murphy will moderate a panel discussion at the Women’s Leadership Forum presented by the Women’s Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School on March 24th, 2016.

Murphy will join six panelists that include women leaders from various legal fields and lead a discussion on their careers, career paths and challenges unique to women. The event is open to law students as well as attorneys.

Murphy’s practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property. She advises companies of all sizes on the development of their patent and trademark portfolios, brand enforcement and patent litigation. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Western New England University, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Murphy serves on the Board of Managers of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and is a Council Member of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She has served in leadership roles with the Women’s Bar Association of Oakland County and is heavily involved with Inforum, a professional women’s development alliance.

The SBM Young Lawyers section sponsors activities of interest and value to young lawyers in Michigan while the Women’s Bar Association promotes improvements in the administration of justice and relations between the legal profession and the public, to secure the rights of women in society and to advance the interests of women in the legal profession, and to promote equality and social justice for all people.

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.

For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com

Brooks Kushman Secures Biggest Trademark Verdict in Michigan History for 5-Hour Energy

A team of Brooks Kushman trial attorneys secured a multi-million-dollar jury verdict for trademark infringement in favor of Innovation Ventures LLC, the makers of 5-hour Energy® shots, against N.V.E., Inc. of New Jersey. The verdict included an award of $10.6 million in damages for N.V.E.’s manufacture and sale of an infringing product named “6 Hour Power.” The jury also awarded an additional $11.5 million for disgorgement of profits N.V.E. made on the infringing products, subject to further review by the Court. The jury fully rejected the claims brought by N.V.E. which included a $60 million false advertising claim. The verdict is believed to be the largest trademark verdict ever rendered in Michigan.
The four-week trial was held in the Eastern District of Michigan. “This trial was long and heavily contested,” said Marc Lorelli, trial counsel for Innovation Ventures. “More than 20 witnesses testified and it was important to keep focused on the issues the jury had to decide. As with most trials, credibility was a deciding factor.”
The trial was part of a lengthy lawsuit, which began in 2008. All claims of both parties were originally dismissed by the U.S. District Court. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of many of N.V.E.’s claims, but reinstated Innovation Ventures’ trademark infringement claim as well as a claim brought by N.V.E. for false advertising. Once back in the District Court, the lawsuit was overshadowed by the death in early 2015 of its original judge, the Honorable Lawrence Paul Zatkoff. The case was further delayed when Judge Zatkoff’s successor on the case, U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Berg, was shot a few months later as he fended off an attempted home invasion.
“This lawsuit had a number of twists and turns and it required a lot of 5-Hour Energy shots to get us through the past eight years, but we finally achieved a resounding victory,” said trial counsel Mark A. Cantor, president of Brooks Kushman. “This was a case of an infringing company trying to confuse customers into buying its product, and the jury applied the law correctly in Innovation Ventures’ favor.”
Innovation Ventures was represented by Brooks Kushman attorneys Mark A. Cantor, Marc Lorelli, Tom Cunningham, Chanille Carswell and Brian Doughty.
N.V.E. was represented by Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
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.

For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Managing IP names three Brinks Attorneys from Michigan In 2015 IP Stars edition

ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces three attorneys from the Ann Arbor office are among 10 Brinks attorneys selected by Managing Intellectual Property magazine to appear in its second edition of IP Stars for 2015.

Ann Arbor office managing partner Steven L. Oberholtzer, along with shareholder Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda and associate attorney Joshua E. Ney, Ph.D., were all included on the list. Additionally, IP Stars recognized the firm as a whole for its work in the Copyright, Patent Contentious, Patent Prosecution, Trademark Contentious, and Trademark Prosecution categories. The publication noted Brinks’ strong reputation for expertise in litigation, patent prosecution and licensing, and called out its well-known trademark practice, which covers both enforcement and non-contentious work involving search and clearance, prosecution and licensing.

The Brinks team includes attorneys, scientific advisors, and patent agents who hold advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science, and provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law.

Managing Intellectual Property conducted surveys covering more than 80 countries with industry clients and peers to identify its list of the leading IP attorneys in the United States and to provide insight into the complex U.S. IP legal market for in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies.

IP Stars is distributed to Managing Intellectual Property’s 11,000+ international readers as a one-stop reference guide for in-house counsel and private-practice lawyers. The magazine is a leading source of news and analysis on intellectual property developments worldwide, and is part of the Euromoney Legal Media Group. More information is at www.miphandbook.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The more than 135 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property, making Brinks 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 available at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brooks Kushman Shareholder Kristin Murphy to present at Detroit Entrepreneur Week Small Business Legal Academy

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder Kristin Murphy will present during Detroit Entrepreneur Week’s Small Business Legal Academy on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.

Murphy will serve on a panel with some of Detroit’s leading legal professionals committed to advancing the revitalization of the city and region by providing ideas and direction to early-stage entrepreneurs. The panel will cover intellectual property (IP) issues for entrepreneurs to consider for sustainable business growth.

Murphy’s practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property. She advises companies of all sizes on the development of their patent and trademark portfolios, brand enforcement and patent litigation.

Murphy earned her Juris Doctor and LLM in Intellectual Property from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Western New England University, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees.

She has also served as the president of the Women’s Bar Association of Oakland County, president of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and is a current member of the advisory council for inGAGE, Inforum Center for Leadership’s strategy to position Michigan as the Midwest hub for high-growth, high-tech women entrepreneurs.

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.