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.

Brinks Gilson & Lione attorney discusses 6 steps of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM)

As the ongoing patent wars between Apple and Android will attest, managing and protecting intellectual property while gauging the competition is an increasingly sophisticated and complex operation. Keith D. Weiss, Ph.D., an IP attorney with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., advises businesses to incorporate intellectual asset management (IAM) into their corporate business strategy in order to leverage innovation and generate revenue.

“It’s not limited to corporate behemoths. Establishing a comprehensive intellectual asset management process is important to corporations of all sizes, but it can be a tough proposition,” Weiss said. “The key challenges are managing costs, establishing portfolios and leveraging value. Corporations want to monetize their existing IP, manage their IP portfolios and protect or enforce their IP rights, but need to have a plan to do so.”

Weiss says intellectual asset management begins with innovation, awareness and continual improvement, but is really a six-pronged, on-going process that involves:

1. Setting technology and IP goals by defining an IP asset policy and creating an innovative culture;

2. Creating IP assets by confirming ownership through the establishment of proper invention disclosure review, employee/contractor agreements and trade secret policies and procedures;

3. Protecting IP assets by establishing an IP portfolio that comprises one or more patents, trademarks and/or trade secrets;

4. Reducing liability and limiting exposure by setting and meeting confidentiality obligations, establishing freedom to operate, implementing document retention and conducting on-going employee training;

5. Leveraging IP assets by establishing a technology licensing process, obtaining competitive intelligence, performing infringement analyses and/or fostering joint development relationships; and

6. Auditing IP assets by performing due diligence, analyzing the strength/weakness of the IP portfolio, monitoring metrics, pursuing litigation or implementing tax strategies.

With the cost of a global patent family that includes patents issued in only five jurisdictions running approximately $166,500 over a 20-year period, Weiss recommends companies periodically review their existing portfolios in view of:

• Evolving business goals (core vs. non-core)
• Multi-generation product plan with respect to coverage and gaps
• Market trends and customer needs
• Introduction of competitive products
• New technology developments vs. obsolescence
• Changes in regulations or court decisions
• Budget costs with recognition of value added functionality

“A periodic evaluation of an IP portfolio will help companies determine what portion of their portfolio they should (a) maintain and enforce, (b) license or sell, and (c) abandon altogether,” Weiss said.

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.