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 Attorneys Named to AIPLA Committees

Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman attorneys Tiffany A. Fidler and Lauren B. Rennert have been selected to serve on American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) Women in IP (WIIP) Law Committees. Fidler will serve as the Social Media Chair and Lauren will serve on the Outreach Subcommittee.

As Social Media Chair, Fidler will assist the Presence & Branding subcommittee with member newsletters, committee reports, branding efforts, and liaise with other AIPLA committees. She will take the lead on the committee’s social media responsibilities and serve as the main point of contact for managing and promoting the group’s messaging through various social media outlets.

As Outreach Subcommittee Member Rennert’s responsibilities include planning the regular WIIP committee breakfast meetings, various community service and international AIPLA networking events throughout the year, and coordinating the annual WIIP Global Networking dinner with women from over 20 countries in over 60 locations. Rennert will assist with finding speakers and coordinating with other countries and their respective organizations to execute a collaborative IP event.

“I am proud to be part of a firm that focuses on providing great opportunities for women to advance in their practices,” said Sangeeta G. Shah, Shareholder and Chief Diversity Officer of Brooks Kushman. “Lauren and Tiffany will be great additions to AIPLA’s Women in IP Law Committee, as they serve as leaders within our firm and the Michigan IP community.”

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.

Rennert focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation including matters regarding patent, trademark, copyright infringement, trade dress, trade secret and contract related matters. She also has experience with post-grant review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of both the patent owner and petitioner. Her practice extends beyond litigation and includes clearance, procurement, maintenance, licensing and enforcement of trademark rights for global portfolios.

The AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee works to facilitate the practice of IP law by women through educational events, networking and mentoring, including a nationwide networking dinner to help connect female IP attorneys in key geographic areas and empower and foster successful professional relationships. The group consists of inspiring and dedicated individuals whose mission is to facilitate and empower women in their practice of intellectual property law.

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.