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 Shareholder Sangeeta Shah Named Among AIPLA’s 2016 Inaugural Women to Watch

Brooks Kushman shareholder Sangeeta G. Shah has been named a 2016 Woman to Watch by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)’s Women in IP Law Committee.

Shah was chosen amongst over a dozen other submissions on behalf of leading female attorneys across the nation. She was honored for her accomplishments, career successes, leadership and community involvement.

Shah serves as co-chair of the firm’s post grant proceedings practiced as well as the 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 is frequently called upon to counsel clients in developing best practices and strategic planning of their patent portfolios, including writing successful patent applications in complex and novel situations, in anticipation of possible future litigation.

Shah is not only a leader within the firm but within the community and legal profession as well. In 2012 she launched a literacy non-profit organization known as “Retooling Detroit,” which focuses on giving children in the Detroit Public Schools individualized instruction in order to bridge the literacy divide. She has also been instrumental in implementing several of the firm’s female empowerment efforts including an initiative in partnership with the Girl Scouts to promote STEM education among its members as well as a women’s global networking event in partnership with AIPLA.

AIPLA’s Women in IP Law Committee focuses on developing substantive and relevant programming that focuses on and promotes women in IP Law in addition to developing leadership opportunities within AIPLA for female members. The committee implemented the Women to Watch program in January of 2016. One woman is selected per quarter and featured in a quarterly publication.

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 http://www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brooks Kushman Shareholder to Moderate Women’s Leadership Forum Panel

Brooks Kushman Shareholder Kristin Murphy will moderate a panel discussion at the Women’s Leadership Forum presented by the Women’s Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School on March 24th, 2016.

Murphy will join six panelists that include women leaders from various legal fields and lead a discussion on their careers, career paths and challenges unique to women. The event is open to law students as well as attorneys.

Murphy’s practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property. She advises companies of all sizes on the development of their patent and trademark portfolios, brand enforcement and patent litigation. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Western New England University, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Murphy serves on the Board of Managers of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and is a Council Member of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She has served in leadership roles with the Women’s Bar Association of Oakland County and is heavily involved with Inforum, a professional women’s development alliance.

The SBM Young Lawyers section sponsors activities of interest and value to young lawyers in Michigan while the Women’s Bar Association promotes improvements in the administration of justice and relations between the legal profession and the public, to secure the rights of women in society and to advance the interests of women in the legal profession, and to promote equality and social justice for all people.

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 Senior Attorney Discusses Hashtag Trademarks in Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Brooks Kushman Senior Attorney Hope Shovein was featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s February 5, 2016 article, “Intellectual property law is hashing things out.”

The article discusses whether hashtags can be protected as trademarks, as well as how companies can ensure they are not infringing on competitor trademarks when using hashtags.

According to Shovein, “a hashtag alone would be [used] to categorize an online discussion. For the most part, when the hashtag is being used in a Twitter discussion or on Instagram…, it’s not a trademark use.”

However, Shovein also said that there may be some situations in which hashtags can be protected as trademarks. “If a client is promoting a product and a hashtag is appearing in conjunction with that, ‘you’re going to [want to] clear them. You want to make sure you’re not infringing on your competitors’ marks.’”

Shovein focuses her practice on the procurement and enforcement of trademark rights. Hope`s work encompasses trademark clearance and prosecution, managing domestic and international trademark portfolios, drafting and negotiating agreements, preparing and responding to cease and desist letters, and representing clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as litigation.

Brooks Kushman Senior Attorney Discusses Hashtag Trademarks in Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Brooks Kushman Senior Attorney Hope Shovein was featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s February 5, 2016 article, “Intellectual property law is hashing things out.”

The article discusses whether hashtags can be protected as trademarks, as well as how companies can ensure they are not infringing on competitor trademarks when using hashtags.

According to Shovein, “a hashtag alone would be [used] to categorize an online discussion. For the most part, when the hashtag is being used in a Twitter discussion or on Instagram…, it’s not a trademark use.”

However, Shovein also said that there may be some situations in which hashtags can be protected as trademarks. “If a client is promoting a product and a hashtag is appearing in conjunction with that, ‘you’re going to [want to] clear them. You want to make sure you’re not infringing on your competitors’ marks.’”

Shovein focuses her practice on the procurement and enforcement of trademark rights. Hope`s work encompasses trademark clearance and prosecution, managing domestic and international trademark portfolios, drafting and negotiating agreements, preparing and responding to cease and desist letters, and representing clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as litigation.