Butzel Long attorney Mitchell (“Mitch”) Zajac to receive the Detroit Bar Association’s ‘One to Watch’ Award on July 24

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Mitchell (“Mitch”) Zajac will receive the Detroit Bar Association’s “One to Watch” Award during the 2019 Summer Breeze event at the Detroit Shipping Company on July 24.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Zajac is an associate and registered patent attorney, focusing his practice in the areas of automotive, intellectual property (IP), compliance, and international trade.

Before joining Butzel Long as a summer associate in May 2017, while attending law school full time, Zajac was an engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). He moved quickly through the ranks at FCA. He was responsible for multiple ground-breaking development projects, led the international engineering team producing the Ram ProMaster City, and had a leading role in FCA’s corporate audit group with responsibilities in safety/regulatory compliance, quality and purchasing.

In less than a year as a licensed lawyer, Zajac has practiced in six federal courts, the U.S. Patent Office, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Zajac’s career as an attorney builds on his strengths and experiences he gained while at FCA and has helped him to grow his practice beyond the automotive industry. Zajac already has helped several clients manage and craft IP portfolios in other unique industries, like medicine, light-weighting, and industrial manufacturing. His experience is extensive in complex patent, trade secret and commercial litigation cases. He crafts unique solutions for clients in emerging industries, achieves improbable deals, and recently helped a client achieve hundreds of thousands of dollars working with customs agents and import brokers to exclude tariffs on millions of dollars of imports exercising exceptions to President Trump’s Section 232 tariffs.

Zajac has built a book of business that includes automotive and transportation companies developing IP portfolios, multiple start-up companies with $4M+ capitalization developing strategic national partners, and multi-million-dollar global automotive clients navigating international trade issues. Between trials and hearings in Detroit Washington D.C. on behalf of Detroit auto suppliers, sitting first-chair and taking depositions across the U.S. and around the world (including London, Singapore, and Taiwan), Zajac also spends time presenting across the country as a thought leader in remanufacturing, automotive IP, and automotive contracting and supply agreements.

Zajac attended WMU-Cooley (J.D., 2017) after graduating from Western Michigan University with Bachelors’ degrees in Mechanical Engineering and German (2012) and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering (2013). He was a Rhodes Scholar finalist (2012); interned for Congressman Fred Upton; and was a four-year starter on the Division 1 football team at WMU. Zajac also is completing his Master’s degree in Corporate Law and Finance.

He also is an advocate for continuous education and public service. He’s the Association for Child Development (ACD) President, a non-profit organization facilitating ~$30M/annum through the USDA CACF Program providing healthy meals to children across the Midwest. He has helped this organization achieve financial stability, organizational structure, and leads strategic expansion of ACD programs to more children and to provide education to more families.

Moreover, Zajac dedicates hundreds of hours each year coaching high school football in Howell, turning his standard 12-hour workdays into 15+ hour days in order to work with and mentor young athletes. Zajac is an adjunct professor and curriculum coordinator for the engineering project management graduate programs at Trine University; serves on the WMU Lee Honors College Board; and, volunteers as a Challenge Master for Destination Imagination – a creative problem-solving program for kids around the world.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys again named Michigan Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

John A. Lingl and Josh E. Ney, Ph.D., attorneys in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have been named Michigan Rising Stars 2016 by Michigan Super Lawyers. The Rising Star recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.

John Lingl, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the fourth consecutive year, is a shareholder at Brinks and focuses his intellectual property law practice on patent, copyright and trademark litigation and prosecuting both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous technological areas, including semiconductors, electrical systems, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) systems, packet switching and routing, network traffic optimization, Internet search technologies, advertising and behavioral targeting technologies, optical systems, terahertz radiation systems, x-ray systems, automotive interior systems and automotive powertrain systems.

Lingl is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section, the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and the Washtenaw County Bar Association. He holds a J.D. from The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Kettering University.

Josh Ney, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the second consecutive year, is an associate at Brinks and focuses his practice on patent litigation and patent prosecution in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries. His litigation experience includes both U.S. District Court litigation and Inter Partes Review proceedings in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Ney has represented pharmaceutical clients in patent litigation and prosecution matters related to new chemical entities, second medical uses, pharmaceutical formulations, synthetic processes, and pharmaceutical polymorphs. His experience covers a range of therapeutic applications, including central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, lower urinary tract disorders, Huntington’s Disease, antibiotic therapy and pain management. In addition to his pharmaceutical practice, Ney has litigated and prosecuted patents related to chemical products and processes. He also has experience providing clearance analyses for clients’ new products and IP due diligence for clients involved in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions.

Ney received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College, where he graduated magna cum laude. Ney received prestigious fellowships from Pfizer and from the American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry while pursuing his Ph.D. He is a member of the American Chemical Society.

About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected using a patented multiphase selection process in which peer nominations are combined with third party research. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. For more information, go to SuperLawyers.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The 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 rely on Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks attorneys provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law.

More information is available at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys again named Michigan Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

John A. Lingl and Josh E. Ney, Ph.D., attorneys in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have been named Michigan Rising Stars 2016 by Michigan Super Lawyers. The Rising Star recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.

John Lingl, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the fourth consecutive year, is a shareholder at Brinks and focuses his intellectual property law practice on patent, copyright and trademark litigation and prosecuting both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous technological areas, including semiconductors, electrical systems, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) systems, packet switching and routing, network traffic optimization, Internet search technologies, advertising and behavioral targeting technologies, optical systems, terahertz radiation systems, x-ray systems, automotive interior systems and automotive powertrain systems.

Lingl is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section, the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and the Washtenaw County Bar Association. He holds a J.D. from The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Kettering University.

Josh Ney, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the second consecutive year, is an associate at Brinks and focuses his practice on patent litigation and patent prosecution in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries. His litigation experience includes both U.S. District Court litigation and Inter Partes Review proceedings in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Ney has represented pharmaceutical clients in patent litigation and prosecution matters related to new chemical entities, second medical uses, pharmaceutical formulations, synthetic processes, and pharmaceutical polymorphs. His experience covers a range of therapeutic applications, including central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, lower urinary tract disorders, Huntington’s Disease, antibiotic therapy and pain management. In addition to his pharmaceutical practice, Ney has litigated and prosecuted patents related to chemical products and processes. He also has experience providing clearance analyses for clients’ new products and IP due diligence for clients involved in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions.

Ney received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College, where he graduated magna cum laude. Ney received prestigious fellowships from Pfizer and from the American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry while pursuing his Ph.D. He is a member of the American Chemical Society.

About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected using a patented multiphase selection process in which peer nominations are combined with third party research. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. For more information, go to SuperLawyers.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The 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 rely on Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks attorneys provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law.

More information is available at www.brinksgilson.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Oberholtzer named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

Steven L. Oberholtzer managing shareholder of the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the area of patent law. Oberholtzer has appeared on the Best Lawyers list since 2011.

Oberholtzer’s practice focuses on patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. He also has experience in United States Patent and Trademark Office administrative proceedings including interferences, re-examinations, re-issues, trademark oppositions and patent application preparation and prosecution.

Oberholtzer has extensive experience with the intellectual property legal issues of the automotive industry. He has a lifelong interest in the industry and products, and was previously employed as a senior project engineer with a domestic OEM manufacturer and as in-house patent counsel for a Tier 1 supplier. In private practice, Oberholtzer has acted as primary outside counsel for a number of Tier 1 and lower tier supplier engagements that include worldwide responsibility for all intellectual property issues and management of teams of attorneys handling all facets of these matters.

Oberholtzer is the principal author of a primer on intellectual property entitled, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, formerly known as the General Motors Institute, and received his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.

About Best Lawyers®
Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is based entirely on peer reviews, using a sophisticated and transparent survey process. The methodology is designed to capture as accurately as possible the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice area. More information is at www.BestLawyers.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The 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 rely on Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks attorneys 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 Discusses Joint Development Agreements In Crain’s Detroit Business

Brooks Kushman Shareholder Marc Malooley was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’ March 21, 2016 article, “Joint development agreements smooth way for auto tech partnerships.”

In the article, Malooley discusses that automakers are partnering with smaller start-ups to advance technology at a faster pace.

“In some cases, it doesn’t matter if the company is bigger or smaller, because they have a technology the automakers can’t replicate in house or get elsewhere,” Malooley said in the article. “Now, the relationship is not so one-sided.”

Malooley has nearly 20 years of intellectual property (IP) experience, focusing on a variety of IP matters including patents, trade secrets and IP license agreements. He represents clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to sole inventors, and assists them in all aspects of IP protection. He holds a Juris Doctor from Indiana University, Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University.

Brinks Gilson & Lione names 4 Michigan shareholders as firm-wide practice group chairs for 2016

Four shareholders from the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, have been reappointed as firm-wide chairpersons of the firm’s legal and industry practice groups for 2016.

In the area of legal practice groups, Michael Spink continues to serve as chair of the Licensing Group and the Intellectual Asset Management Group and Jon Beaupre continues as co-chair of the Post-Grant Patent Group.

In the area of industry practice groups, Bill Boudreaux continues as co-chair of the Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Industry Practice Group and Lawrence G. (L.G.) Almeda continues as chair of the Nanotechnology Group.

Separately, Bill Boudreaux was re-elected to serve a second, one-year term as a member of Brinks’ board of directors.

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.

Brooks Kushman Attorney to Serve as Adjunct Professor at University of Michigan

Brooks Kushman attorney Tiffany A. Fidler, Ph.D. has received an adjunct faculty appointment as lecturer at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, College of Engineering, Center for Entrepreneurship.

The mission of the department is to empower the entrepreneurial spirit of the University’s College of Engineering and drive the impact of innovation in the State of Michigan, the Nation, and in the global economy. Fidler will be teaching “Patent Law and Strategy” for Winter Semester 2016. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Engineering as well as other colleges in the University, the course explores four major concerns inventors and entrepreneurs face related to patent law: protecting inventions during product development, determining invention patentability, avoiding infringement and leveraging a patent as a business asset. The course addresses these concerns through the application of case law and business cases to an invention of the student’s choice.

Fidler focuses her practice on domestic and foreign patent prosecution and counseling for clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in mechanical matters, electromechanical matters, and systems. Her practice also includes design patent prosecution and she has experience protecting intellectual property rights in automotive technologies, aviation technologies, alternative energy, optics, and the consumer products industry.

Fidler has 3 years of teaching experience as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University where she established a laboratory conducting federally funded research and taught courses in the thermal fluid sciences and design sequences. She also received her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is excited to return to her alma mater.

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.

Eleven Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named Top Lawyers

Southfield, Mich. – Eleven attorneys at Brooks Kushman, Michigan’s largest intellectual property law firm, have been recognized as 2016 Top Lawyers by DBusiness.

Attorneys recognized as Top Lawyers in the Intellectual Property and Patent Law category include:

  • William G. Abbatt, Shareholder
  • Frank A. Angileri, Shareholder
  • Hope V. Shovein, Senior Attorney
  • John E. Nemazi, Shareholder
  • John M. Halan, Shareholder
  • Robyn S. Lederman, Shareholder

Attorneys recognized as Top Lawyers in the Litigation – Intellectual Property category include:

  • John S. LeRoy, Shareholder
  • Marc Lorelli, Shareholder
  • Mark A. Cantor, President
  • Thomas A. Lewry, Shareholder
  • Robert C.J. Tuttle, Shareholder

“Brooks Kushman attorneys have extensive experience and training in their legal practice areas as well as in a variety of technical and engineering disciplines,” said Cantor. “It’s this strong background that helps so many of our attorneys earn this type of recognition.”

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

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.

Brinks Gilson & Lione to host post-grant patent webinar on Sept. 29

ANN ARBOR – Sept. 15, 2015 – Jon H. Beaupré, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a presenter for the third in a series of Brinks webinars hosted by the firm’s Post-Grant Practice Group on recent developments in post-grant proceedings. The webinar is Sept. 29, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST.

During the webinar, Beaupré will discuss recent proposed rule changes in America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings. He will be joined by his Brinks colleagues, Ralph Gabric from the firm’s Chicago office, who will speak on practice tips for inter partes review (IPR) success, and Allyn Elliott, from the firm’s Research Triangle office in North Carolina, who will speak on the evolution of motions to amend at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

At Brinks, Beaupré is co-chair of the firm’s Post-Grant Patent Practice Group. He focuses on litigation, proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), such as inter partes reviews (IPRs), and appeals.

For additional information and to register for the post-grant patent webinar on Sept. 29, visit the Brinks website.

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.

Michigan State University law student/patent holder joins Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Ann Arbor office as summer associate

ANN ARBOR – June 23, 2015 -Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces Li Gao, Ph.D., has joined the firm’s Ann Arbor office as a summer associate. In this position, Gao will assist with researching various patent issues, conducting prior art and patentability searches and drafting letters regarding patent office actions.

Prior to attending law school, Gao worked at AFID Therapeutics Inc. in Lansing, Mich., where she was director of research and development, responsible for the development and commercialization of new chemicals. She began her career at AFID Therapeutics as a research scientist and also served as discovery chemistry group leader. Gao has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals, including the Journal of Organic Chemistry. She is admitted to the United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and has three patents in the chemical field.

Gao holds a Ph.D. in chemistry with a 4.0 GPA from Michigan State University, where she served as a research and teaching assistant, and a Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, both from Nankai University, China. She is currently enrolled at Michigan State University Law School and is the recipient of jurisprudence awards in research, writing and analysis, advocacy and torts. Her expected graduation is May 2017.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The 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 rely on Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks attorneys provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. More information is available at www.brinksgilson.com.

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