Dykema’s Bloomfield Hills Office Adds IP Attorney Thomas T. Moga

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today the addition of Thomas T. Moga to its Intellectual Property & IP Litigation Department and Automotive Industry Group as a Senior Counsel in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. Moga joins Dykema from the Dearborn, Mich., office of LeClairRyan.

Moga has more than 30 years of experience in domestic and international intellectual property portfolio development and enforcement. He is an experienced patent prosecutor in various fields, including the mechanical, chemical, biochemical, and pharmaceutical arts. Moga has also been qualified and testified as an expert witness in patent disputes.

As an IP portfolio developer, Moga’s experience includes the development of domestic and foreign patent portfolios, the acquisition of registrations for trademarks and copyrights, licensing, and policy development. Within the discipline of IP rights enforcement, he manages patent enforcement and anti-counterfeiting actions in Asia, including overseeing initial counterfeit product investigation, selecting and working with local investigators, selecting and working with local counsel, preparing administrative and judicial documents, and participating in raids.

Moga is also a pioneer in protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights in China and has represented foreign companies in China since the 1980s. He was a Fulbright Scholar in China, where he taught patent law at Jilin University and acted as a foreign advisor to China’s patent office.

In 2018, Moga was appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to serve on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (ITAC 13). As the only representative on the committee for the U.S. automotive industry, Moga’s contributions include analyzing national trade positions and providing advice on a broad array of trade issues as they relate to IP for both The White House (by way of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative) and the Department of Commerce in pursuit of trade agreements that benefit U.S. businesses, workers and the economy.

“Tom’s reputation certainly precedes him,” said Dan Harkins, Director of Dykema’s Intellectual Property and IP Litigation Department. “His vast knowledge for handling IP matters both domestically and overseas, especially as it relates to his experience working in the Automotive Industry, is going to be a great benefit to Dykema and our clients. We’re extremely excited to add Tom to our talented lineup of practitioners.”

Moga received a J.D. from the St. Louis University School of Law. He also earned an M.A. in English Language & Literature as well as a B.A. in both English Language & Literature and Political Studies (with a China concentration) from the University of Michigan. Moga also received a B.S. in Biochemistry, cum laude, from Madonna University.

Brooks Kushman Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney Honored as a 2016 “Leader in the Law”

Brooks Kushman shareholder, John S. LeRoy, has been named a 2016 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. LeRoy will be recognized along with 30 other honorees including prominent counsel and judges at the 2016 Leaders in the Law award ceremony hosted by Michigan Lawyers Weekly on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 in Troy.

“We couldn’t be more proud of John for his recognition,” said Mark A. Cantor, president, Brooks Kushman. “This accomplishment is well deserved, as John is a valuable asset to the firm’s litigation department. His ability to mentor others and think outside of the box has allowed him to play a vital role in the firms’ overall growth.”

According to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, this honor recognizes lawyers for: significant accomplishments or achievements in law practice; outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan; leadership in improving the justice system in Michigan; seeking improvements to the legal community and their communities at large; and setting an example for other lawyers.

LeRoy focuses his practice on software and electrical patent litigation. John has successfully tried patent cases in Federal Courts nationwide and has successfully handled appeals before Federal Circuit. John is also the chair of Brooks Kushman’s Open Source Compliance practice, where he advises companies on the effective use of open source software in their products and creates customized strategies to help them comply with various license terms. He has been at the forefront of this relatively novel and dynamic field, not only creating the firm’s practice but leading the industry through promoting education and awareness on the topic as well.

LeRoy holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo.

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 Hires Two Associates

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce the firm has hired Lauren B. Rennert and Justin Barry as associates, adding to the firm’s trademark, patent prosecution and IP litigation teams.

Rennert’s practice primarily focuses on intellectual property litigation. She works with the firm’s litigation team on a variety of matters regarding patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, as well as trade dress, trade secret, and contract related matters. Rennert also has experience with post-grant review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Her practice extends beyond litigation and includes clearance, procurement, maintenance, licensing and enforcement of trademark rights.

Prior to joining Brooks Kushman as an associate, Rennert was a law clerk for the firm’s litigation and trademark practices. She also served as a case evaluator for the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section on the organization’s Copyright Litigation Sub-Committee and as a student attorney for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project.

Barry’s practice focuses on patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation. He works with clients in a variety of industries and technologies, including communication systems, hybrid electric vehicles, and control systems.

Barry previously served as a law clerk for the firm’s patent prosecution and litigation department. He also served as an intellectual property intern with a Michigan-based law firm and as an electrical design engineer with American Electric Power at the company’s Cook Nuclear Plant.

Brooks Kushman employs more than 90 intellectual property professionals handling a full range of intellectual property matters nationally and around the world.

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.

Brooks Kushman Launches IP Law Tracker Blog

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman, Michigan’s largest intellectual property (IP) law practice, recently launched a new blog, IP Law Tracker, to focus on emerging trends affecting businesses. The blog will offer information and analysis on topics such as IP legislation, federal and Supreme Court rulings, and updates from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Topics currently covered in the blog include rulings on patent damages, trade secret legislation and the Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project.

Brooks Kushman’s more than 90 IP professionals practice in all areas of IP law, including patents, trademarks, IP litigation and post-grant proceedings. The IP Law Tracker is an easily-accessible resource; helping businesses across a variety of industries understand how updates and trends in each practice area affect them, and how to best handle IP-related situations.

A number of Brooks Kushman attorneys will serve as contributors to the blog, offering their unique insights and expertise.

The IP Law Tracker can be found at www.IPLawTracker.com.

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.

Brooks Kushman Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a 2014 “Best Law Firm”; Five Shareholders Named as “Best Lawyers”

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm, Brooks Kushman, is proud to announce their inclusion in the 2015 edition of “U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers’” list of Best Law Firms.

Brooks Kushman holds a national tier one ranking in patent and IP litigation, patent law and trademark law in metro Detroit. Nationally, it holds a tier two ranking for trademark law and a tier three ranking in patent law.

In addition to the firm’s inclusion, five Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized as 2015 “Best Lawyers in America.” President Mark Cantor and Shareholder Frank Angileri have been recognized as Best Lawyers since 2009 and 2007 respectively. Both are named in the practice areas of IP litigation, patent litigation, patent law and trademark law. For the first year, attorneys Marc Lorelli and John LeRoy were listed in the area of IP litigation, while Elizabeth Janda was listed in the area of trademark law.

“Best Lawyers” is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. It’s considered a significant honor to be ranked. The listings are published in 70 countries worldwide, and the last edition of “Best Lawyers” included 52,488 attorneys in 137 different practice areas.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process including reviews from clients, peers, and other law firms. Clients rank the firms in terms of practice groups, addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility and whether they’d refer another client to the firm. In order to be considered a “Best Law Firm,” the firm in question must have at least one attorney who is considered a “Best Lawyer.”

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.