Brinks attorney to speak on open source patents in electric and hybrid vehicles at The Battery Show 2015

DETROIT– Aug. 11, 2015 -Kelly Burris, managing partner of the Detroit office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a conference speaker at The Battery Show 2015, to be held Sept. 15 -17 at the Novi Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. The Battery Show is widely acknowledged as the meeting place for the North American energy storage industry. Co-located with the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Conference and Expo, the event attracts thought leaders and professionals from across the battery supply chain, as well as key verticals including automotive, grid power and consumer electronics, the conference provides a holistic view of what’s driving the demand for energy storage and discusses how the industry can align its R&D efforts, strategy and investment decisions to meet future requirements.

Burris will present “The Growth of Open-Source Patents in Electric and Hybrid Vehicles” on September 17 at 11:a.m in the Open Tech Forum section of the exhibit hall. Following Tesla’s dramatic announcement in 2014 that it was opening its patent portfolio to anyone who wanted to use its technology for the advancement of electric vehicles, several OEMs, including Toyota, Hyundai and Kia have followed suit.

“I look forward to discussing the legal framework of patent pools and the specific patents being offered by electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturers during my presentation at the Battery Show,” Burris said.

At Brinks, Burris is chair of the firm’s Green Technology Practice Group. She focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications in the mechanical, materials science, and electrical arts. She is also active with appeal proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Burris also prepares clearance/freedom-to-practice opinions, drafts and negotiates licensing agreements and joint development agreements. In addition, she is involved in due diligence with mergers and acquisitions, transactional matters, management and administration of corporate intellectual property portfolios and policies, and strategic competitive intelligence.
A link to The Battery Show conference program and registration information can be found here..

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