Brooks Kushman Recognized In The Top Tier Of Each IP Rankings Category By Managing IP

Brooks Kushman is proud to announce six of the firm’s shareholders have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (IP) Magazine. Brooks Kushman is also the only firm to be recognized in the top tier as “Highly Recommended” for each ranking: Patent Contentious, Patent Prosecution, and Trademarks. The comprehensive guide published by MIP lists leading IP firms and lawyers, and covers more than 80 countries. Brooks Kushman attorneys recognized as IP Stars by the publication are President Mark Cantor and Shareholders Frank Angileri, Elizabeth Janda, John LeRoy, Sangeeta Shah and Robert Tuttle.

Angileri, Cantor and Tuttle were recognized as both Trademark Stars and Patent Stars. LeRoy and Shah were recognized as Patent Stars, and Janda was recognized as a Trademark Star.

Cantor serves as the President of Brooks Kushman, and one of the founders of the firm. His practices focusing on complex litigation matters in all technology areas, and he has been named an “IP Star” since 2013. In 2016, he was a part of the team of trial attorneys who secured the largest trademark verdict in Michigan history.

Angileri is co-chair of Brooks Kushman’s Post-Grant Proceedings practice, and focuses on IP litigation. He was also named as Michigan’s “IP Litigator of the Year” for three years, and has been named an “IP Star” since 2013.

Janda serves as chair of Brooks Kushman’s Trademark practice, managing substantial trademark portfolios both domestically and internationally in a variety of industries. She has been on the list of “IP Stars” since 2013.

LeRoy’s practice focuses on patent, trade secret and copyright litigation in the software and electrical arts, and he also started the firm’s Open Source Software Compliance practice. LeRoy was recently recognized as Michigan’s “IP Litigator of the Year,” and this is his third year being recognized as an IP Star.

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 has been on the list of “IP Stars” since 2014.

Tuttle’s practice at Brooks Kushman focuses on IP litigation. He works closely with clients across a variety of industries on litigation matters covering all aspects of IP strategy including patents, trademarks and trade secrets. Tuttle was named Michigan “IP Litigator of the Year” in 2013, and has been an “IP Star” since 2013.

According to Managing Intellectual Property magazine, IP Stars ratings are based on research of over 1,000 interviews and surveys completed by partners and law firms active in the United States. Additional research is conducted through discussions with clients and leading in-house counsel, while also reviewing public information and coverage. To learn more and see the full list of firms and attorneys recognized, click here.


About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm, 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 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 Shareholders To Speak At Intellectual Property Law Spring Seminar 2018

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan in cooperation with the Institute of Continuing Legal Education is hosting the 2018 Intellectual Property Law Spring Seminar in Lansing, Michigan. It is an opportunity for national and local leaders in intellectual property to network, and learn new best practices to help them adapt to their client’s changing needs. Brooks Kushman shareholders Ben Stasa and Martin Sultana will be presenting on autonomous vehicles technology.

Stasa will be moderating the panel on a comprehensive IP primer of autonomous vehicles, and Sultana will be on the panel. The discussion will cover the new relationships between auto OEMs, suppliers, and tech companies in Silicon Valley, and key IP challenges and emerging issues in vehicle-to-vehicle communications to open source software compliance, industry players will discuss managing the IP and regulatory issues that are disrupting the automotive space.

Stasa is Co-Chair of Brooks Kushman’s Autonomous Vehicle practice group. His practice focuses on guiding the development of medium to large-scale patent portfolios, and managing teams of attorneys tasked with supporting the same. Given his lead role, he is often called upon to handle complex issues, as well as opine on matters concerning infringement, patentability, and validity. Stasa, as a result, has developed expertise in handling difficult legal circumstances for a wide array of technologies. He also has experience in using analytic tools to uncover competitive data and trends, and apply information gleaned from the same when counseling clients on patent strategy.

Sultana is Co-Chair of Brooks Kushman’s Autonomous Vehicle practice group. With years of real world automotive, electronics and software experience, he is well equipped to advise clients in this emerging technology, and regularly advises automotive OEMs and suppliers on the development of patent portfolios, freedom-to-operate opinions and validity opinions. Sultana focuses his practice on patent preparation, patent prosecution, and opinion related work. He also has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications on a variety of technologies. Sultana understands, through over a decade of engineering experience and his time as in-house counsel within a Tier-1 automotive supplier, that business decisions often impact intellectual property rights. This approach enables Sultana to thoroughly understand the issues that his clients face, and approach them with an informed perspective.

For more information about the conference, the rest of the programming, and to register for the event click here.


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, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brooks Kushman Shareholders To Speak At The Best Practices In Intellectual Property Sixth Annual Conference

Best Practices in Intellectual Property (BPIP) is hosting its sixth annual conference in Tel Aviv. The conference, IP Management: Today’s Global Issues, updates attendees on global IP issues, trends and legislation. It also demonstrates practical tools, methods and new ideas that can be applied to growing and strengthening a company’s IP portfolio. The sessions have a particular focus on IP portfolio management and strategy. Brooks Kushman shareholders Erin Bowles, John Halan, Sangeeta Shah and Robyn Lederman will participate in the conference and will host a Master Class to share innovative strategies that have been successfully tested in the changing patent landscape in the USA.

The BK team will present on “Accelerations, Examinations US and EU Tips and Tricks” and “How to Implement an Effective Trade Secret Policy” for Israeli companies on both sides of the ocean.

Counsel from innovative Israeli companies will participate in the BK Master Class to take a comprehensive look at the current interplay between post-grant mechanisms, prosecution and litigation and review the latest best practices to achieve IP goals for their companies. The BK team will share little-known offensive measures that a patent owner can deploy to offset the risk of an IPR or even revive enforcement strategy in the face of an adverse IPR decision. On the defensive side, the Class will review tips for employing IPRs and advancing arguments to improve invalidity and non-infringement positions and wreak havoc with a plaintiff’s enforcement program. Overall, to learn what strategic patent initiatives can be implemented to complement the end game.

Shah serves as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer and Co-Chair of Post-Grant Proceedings, her practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation and counseling, with a special focus on post-grant challenges and patent opinions. She represents several Fortune 500 clients for whom she provides strategic counseling and guidance on their global intellectual property portfolios, including developing and executing complex, multi-pronged enforcement strategies as part of a broader business plan.

Bowles’ practice involves counseling domestic and international clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on their intellectual property portfolios, with a focus on obtaining domestic and foreign patents and handling patent prosecution procedures. Her practice also includes patentability investigations, infringement and right-to-use analysis, and intellectual property transactions and licensing agreements, trademark, trade dress, and copyright issues. She also has an expansive understanding of various mechanical and electromechanical technologies.

Halan has been practicing with Brooks Kushman for nearly 30 years. He is head of the firm’s trade secret group, specializes in high-stakes intellectual property litigation, including patent, trade secret, and related commercial litigation. He also has considerable experience handling various matters before the PTAB, including inter partes reviews and appeals. He has negotiated and prepared numerous intellectual property and commercial agreements, including patent and technology license agreements. He has also prepared many infringement and validity patent opinions and has been called upon to act as a patent dispute mediator.

Robyn Lederman practiced trademark law in Israel before returning to her home state of Michigan where she specializes in global branding strategy, trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement for companies in a wide range of industries. Lederman takes a special interest in mentoring start-ups and connecting Israeli and Michigan business interests; currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator.


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, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brooks Kushman Shareholder To Speak At The Managing Intellectual Property Trademark Roadshow In New York

Managing Intellectual Property is hosting the second annual Global Trademark Roadshow in multiple cities across the United States, including New York, where Brooks Kushman shareholder Kristin L. Murphy will be speaking. At each city location, panels will be led by experts in the industry, and there will be an array of opportunities for in-house trademark and IP counsel to learn more about the global trademark marketplace and the developments in global trademarks through engaging talks and networking.

Murphy will be discussing when it makes sense to litigate. She will be specifically focusing on balancing enforcement and business costs, practical considerations involved in undertaking enforcement, and what to do when an enforcement goes viral and threatens your reputation.

With over 20 years of IP experience, Kristin Murphy’s practice includes all aspects of IP protection. She works with multi-national corporations on the management of patent and trademark portfolios, as well as IP litigation. With respect to trademark matters, Kristin has experience managing domestic and international trademark portfolios, and works with clients on drafting and negotiating agreements, preparing and responding to cease and desist letters, as well as opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Kristin’s wide-range of trademark experience allows her to navigate complex issues and develop strategic trademark resolutions that are in the best interest of her clients’ business needs. She also have experience working alongside legal and marketing teams to develop strategic branding objectives.

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


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, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Five Brooks Kushman Shareholders Recognized As Trademark Leaders, Firm Earns Gold Honor In World Trademark Review 1000 Listing

Brooks Kushman has one again been recognized as a gold-standard trademark firm for the fourth consecutive 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 fourth consecutive year.” said, Mark Cantor president of Brooks Kushman. “Our trademark group is dedicated to guaranteeing we exceed our clients’ expectations both nationally and internationally. We ensure that our clients’ brands are being protected, and I take great pride in our commitment to success, and our team’s accomplishments.”

In addition to the firm’s recognition, President Mark A. Cantor and Shareholders Marc Lorelli, Robyn Lederman, Elizabeth Janda, and Hope Shovein were also recognized as top trademark leaders in the state. Cantor is recognized as a “contentious heavyweight who handles the heat of the courtroom with a cool head”, while Lorelli is deemed a pivotal part of 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. Shareholder Hope Shovein was recognized for the first time this year, and was described as a “judicious strategist,” and praised for the work that has made her an internationally recognized practitioner in the trademark field.

According to IAM, the annual guide is compiled through an extensive 5-month research process. This research included completing more than 1,500 interviews with 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 90 intellectual property professionals handling a full range of intellectual property matters nationally and around the world.

Click here to visit our firm profile in the World trademark Review 1000 Listing.


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, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Principal Lissi Mojica To Speak At FCBA Regional Meeting

Brooks Kushman Principal Lissi Mojica will speak at the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s (FCBA) regional meeting at the Rocky Mountain Regional US Patent and Trademark Office in Denver, Colorado on February 17, 2017. The program will focus on current topics related to patent litigation and the Courts and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Mojica will speak about Practical Considerations and Lessons Learned for Appeals to the Federal Circuit from PTAB.

Mojica is a globally recognized leader in post-grant proceedings and one of the most experienced practitioners in the field. For nearly two decades Mojica was an examiner with the US Patent Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role she launched and became the first director of the Central Reexamination Unit (CRU) to safeguard the quality and consistency of reexamination proceedings and to reduce pendency. Her practice focuses on all aspects of post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review, post-grant review, covered business method proceedings, reexamination proceedings, reissues and interferences. Mojica also specializes in appeals to the USPTO’s PTAB, patent quality and patent examination matters.

Mojica holds a Master in Business Administration from Marymount University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The mission of the Federal Circuit Bar Association is to create a space for objective and inclusive dialogue, as well as to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the Federal Circuit’s community. The Association includes the various groups who practice within the Circuit community, including the private and public sectors and litigators as well as agency and house counsel.

For more information, visit the FCBA’s website.

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, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brooks Kushman Further Expands Los Angeles Office; Hires Sean Casey As Shareholder

Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce the addition of Shareholder Sean Casey to the firm’s Los Angeles office. The move further expands the firm’s presence in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area.

Casey brings over 20 years of experience to the firm’s Los Angeles office. His intellectual property experience includes the preparation, prosecution, and litigation of technologies that include advanced aerospace technologies, complex computer hardware and software systems and components.

“Sean has an incredible amount of experience in managing global patent portfolios and strengthens our prosecution group,” said Mark Cantor, president of Brooks Kushman. “As a previous in-house counsel for a major aerospace manufacturer, he will be a tremendous asset to our firm. I am excited to welcome him to our team as we continue to grow our presence in the Los Angeles area.”

Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Casey was an in-house IP counsel for Boeing, where he focused on managing a large patent portfolio. Prior to going in-house, he was a managing director for a Midwest regional law firm. He also served as an aerospace design engineer for the McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Space and Defense Systems Division (now Boeing) where he was responsible for the design, analysis, integration, and testing of a variety of components and mechanisms for national and defense engineering projects.

“I am thrilled to join the Brooks Kushman team,” said Casey. “The firm is very well-respected throughout the nation and they have a robust group of talented patent professionals.”

Casey received a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in aerospace engineering from the Boston University College of Engineering and his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.

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, and Intellectual Property Today.

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

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorney to attend Licensing Executives Society (LES) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorney to attend Licensing Executives Society (LES) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC

Michael N. Spink, an intellectual property attorney and shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will attend the Licensing Executives Society (LES) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia from Oct. 23 to 26. The Licensing Executives Society is a professional society comprised of nearly 3,000 members engaged in the transfer, use, development, manufacture and marketing of intellectual property. Spink is co-chair of the Michigan Chapter of LES.

About LES USA and Canada
Established in 1956, LES (USA and Canada) is a professional society of nearly 3,000 members engaged in the creation, commercial development and orderly transfer of intellectual property. LES is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), which has more than 10,000 members world-wide.

To learn about LES and the annual meeting, visit the LES website.

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.

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorney to serve as guest lecturer on drafting patent applications for Wayne State University Law School class

Linda Nattler, an IP attorney with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been invited to serve as the guest lecturer at the Wayne State University Law School on Nov. 3. Her topic is “Drafting Patent Applications that Comply with European Disclosure Requirements.” The guest lecture will be presented to law students enrolled in the patent drafting class.

A German native, Nattler focuses her intellectual property law practice on patent prosecution and IP portfolio management, with a particular emphasis on the areas of mechanics, electronics, hydraulics and computerized processes. Prior to joining Brinks, Nattler gathered extensive experience in U.S., European and German patent prosecution. While employed in Europe, she was admitted to practice before the European Patent Office and is one of very few U.S. attorneys admitted to practice before both the European Patent Office and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Nattler attended Thomas Cooley Law School on a full academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. She holds an undergraduate degree in physics from Universität Bayreuth in Germany.

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.