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 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.

Attorney Anna Robinson Helps Launch Pro Bono Trademark Clearinghouse Pilot Program

Brooks Kushman associate Anna Robinson has been working for the past four years with the International Trademark Association (INTA) Pro Bono Committee to develop a new program that would benefit the trademark community on a global level. This program, called the Pro Bono Clearinghouse Pilot Program, allows INTA to work as an intermediary and help match low-income clients, and/or nonprofits or charitable organizations in need of trademark assistance with the INTA’s attorney members, acting on a pro bono basis.

The goal of the INTA Pro Bono Committee is to develop INTA into a primary resource for pro bono advocacy and activity in the trademark community on a global level. INTA is a leading global association for trademark owners and professionals, and has a far reach with members in more than 190 countries. The committee believes that with international participation, the new program will not only be an asset to the greater trademark community and lead to greater brand protection, but it will also be a conduit for sharing the many benefits associated with pro bono work to more INTA members.

At this time, the committee is focusing its resources on providing useful information to professionals in more than 70 countries. The Clearinghouse Pilot Program, currently being implemented in the US, will also soon be launched in Germany with the help of the INTA’s International Pro Bono team.

Robinson is the Client Communications Group Leader within the Communications Subcommittee. In her role, she helps lead outreach to potential pro bono clients. This involves creating correspondence designed to spread awareness and reach nonprofit organizations and individuals that qualify for INTA’s pro bono clearinghouse services. The subcommittee has also developed a database of contacts and organizations for outreach purposes. Currently, they are working on a social media presence and an educational presentation about trademarks and the Clearinghouse.

Robinson’s practice focuses on the clearance, filing, maintenance and enforcement of trademark rights and copyright protection and enforcement work. It also involves trade dress, internet and entertainment law. Robinson has diverse experience managing client portfolios, providing clearance opinions, devising filing strategies, negotiating agreements and defending intellectual property rights. Robinson also remains dedicated to the State Bar of Michigan, Arts Communications Entertainment & Sports Section and has done so since she was in law school. She is also committed to helping artists and those in the creative sector protect and promote their intellectual property, and was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a “2016 Up & Coming Lawyer” for her professional success and commitment to pro bono work.


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 Attorney Named Among 2016 “Women in the Law” By Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce Hope Shovein has been named among Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Women in the Law.” This award recognizes 30 women in Michigan’s legal community for their commitment to excellence in the practice of law, leadership in the profession, mentoring and dedication to volunteerism and pro bono activities.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly will recognize the 2016 Women in the Law at an awards luncheon on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Michigan. The winner of the publication’s “Woman of the Year” award will also be announced at the luncheon.

“Hope is a leader within our firm and the legal community.,” said Elizabeth Janda, chair of Brooks Kushman’s Trademark practice and named a 2015 “Woman in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. “She is a crucial member of our growing trademark practice and we are thrilled to see her recognized as a ‘Woman in the Law.’”

Shovein focuses her practice on the procurement and enforcement of trademark rights, including proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Shovein specializes in helping clients enforce their rights in any medium, such as the unauthorized use of trademarks in website content, and representing clients in domain name disputes. She holds a Juris Doctor from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.

Shovein was recognized for her efforts and leadership within the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Section, various International Trademark Association (INTA) Committees, volunteer efforts for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as well as her successful and growing practice. She was also named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2010.

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 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.

Brooks Kushman Earns Gold Honors In World Trademark Review 1000 Listing

Brooks Kushman has been recognized as a gold-standard trademark firm for the second 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 second consecutive year.” said, Mark Cantor president of Brooks Kushman. “Our trademark group works around the clock to ensure client satisfaction and their brands are being protected around the globe. I am happy they are being honored for their accomplishments.”

In addition to the firm’s recognition, President Mark A. Cantor and Shareholders Marc Lorelli, Robyn Lederman, and Elizabeth Janda were also recognized as top trademark leaders in the state. Cantor is recognized as a “vital cog in an exceptional litigation team”, while Lorelli is deemed an anchor to 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.

According to IAM, the annual guide is compiled through an extensive 5-month research process. More than 1,500 interviews are completed by 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 80 intellectual property professionals handling a full range of intellectual property matters nationally and around the world.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
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 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 Shareholder Will Moderate Panel at Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle Conference

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder Robyn Lederman will moderate a panel discussion on trademark licensing during World Trademark Review’s Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle conference in New York City on October 29, 2015.

Lederman will join three panelists to discuss the many issues that must be addressed when entering into a licensing partnership; including sourcing licensing partners, royalty fee calculations, contractual imperatives, dispute resolution strategies and licensing across borders.

Lederman has over 25 years of experience practicing trademark law with special focus on global branding strategy. She guides clients on issues related to all aspects of managing a global trademark portfolio, including clearance, filing strategies, anti-counterfeiting, domain name recovery, licensing, trade dress protection and co-existence agreements. Robyn works with high and low-tech clients across industries, such as agricultural, automotive, bio-tech, active wear, cosmetics, entertainment, social networks, financial services, and homeland security.

Lederman holds a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cordozo School of Law and is very active in the community outside of Brooks Kushman, educating young companies and start-ups on the practical impact of trademark law through her involvement with Bizdom and the Michigan Israel Business Bridge.

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 Attorneys Named to INTA Committees

Southfield, Mich. –Brooks Kushman attorneys Jennifer K. Ziegler, Hope V. Shovein, Laura E. Schwartz and Anna K. Heinl have been chosen to serve two-year terms on International Trademark Association (INTA) committees.

Their committees are:
Jennifer Ziegler – UNREAL Campaign Committee (Educational campaign educating teens on the dangers of counterfeits.)
Hope Shovein – Internet Committee
Laura Schwartz – Building Bridges Committee
Anna Heinl – Pro Bono Committee

“Having four of our attorneys selected to serve on INTA committees shows the respect they have earned among the leaders of the international IP community,” said Elizabeth Janda, Cahair of Brooks Kushman President Mark Cantortrademark group. “These committees influence the protection, development and respect for trademarks, brands and related intellectual property around the world and we are proud of our attorneys who will be supporting those efforts.”

INTA is the global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce.

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.