Six Intellectual Property Attorneys Join Dickinson Wright Ann Arbor Office

ANN ARBOR – February 6, 2020 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Jim Cleland, Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler, Steven Oberholtzer, and Michael Spink have joined the firm’s Ann Arbor office as Members. Keith Weiss, Ph.D. has joined the firm as Of Counsel and Sungwook (Sung) Lee has joined as an Associate.

“We are excited to welcome Jim, Linda, Steven, Michael, Keith, and Sung to the firm’s intellectual property team,” says Philip Rettig, Division Director of Dickinson Wright’s Intellectual Property Practice. “As businesses and the marketplace continue to change, our clients need lawyers who can help protect their intellectual property assets both domestically and abroad. The addition of these six extraordinary lawyers deepens the strength of Dickinson Wright’s national intellectual property practice.”

James Cleland (Member) litigates patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition cases in a broad range of technologies including the automotive, chemical, materials science, mechanical, electrical and medical device arts, and assists his clients with counseling, opinion and licensing work in those same areas. He brings substantial first chair experience in both federal district courts and the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, including trials, IPRs, preliminary injunction hearings, Markman hearings summary judgment proceedings and all aspects of fact and expert witness discovery. Mr. Cleland is a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association Legal Task Force, the Federal Bar Association, the American and Michigan Intellectual Property Law Associations, and the Washtenaw County Bar Association. He is recognized as a leader in his field by IAM Patent 1000 and Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Mr. Cleland received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler (Member) has many years of international in-house patent prosecution experience and knows how important it is to view patent applications in the context of a client’s business and technology. While working in Europe, she was admitted to practice before the European Patent Office. The knowledge of different standards applied by different patent offices helps her draft patent applications that withstand international as well as domestic challenges. Ms. Nattler is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Vereinigung von Fachleuten des Gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes (VPP). She is recognized as a leader in her field by Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars and was named a “Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Ms. Nattler received her University Diploma from Universität Bayreuth and her J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School.

Steven Oberholtzer (Member) focuses his practice on the development and implementation of corporate intellectual property policies, intellectual asset management, litigation, and technology licensing. He has decades of experience representing clients in the automotive industry, including current responsibility for the worldwide intellectual property issues of multiple automotive suppliers. He is familiar with a range of mechanical and electromechanical disciplines, including medical devices, lasers, fiber optics, optical devices and heavy industrial equipment. He is a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. He is recognized as a leader in his field as Lawyer of the Year for Ann Arbor in Patent Law by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, DBusiness Top Lawyers, and IP Stars, and is recognized with the highest rating of “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Oberholtzer received his B.S. from General Motors Institute (Kettering University) and his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.

Michael Spink (Member) helps clients effectively manage their intellectual assets, including in-house policies and procedures, procurement, licensing and opinions. He is skilled in portfolio management and support, including performing portfolio classification, mapping and analysis. By linking intellectual asset strategies to business and product strategies, his clients enhance intellectual property protection while reducing risk. He has extensive experience in complex transactions involving intellectual property, including due diligence, acquisition, disposition, and bankruptcy issues. Mr. Spink was recently Co-Chair of the Licensing Executives Society Michigan Chapter, and is a Certified Licensing Professional. He was awarded a position in the IAM 300 by his peers as a leading intellectual property strategist and Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Spink received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.

Keith Weiss, Ph.D. (Of Counsel) has more than two decades experience in corporate research and development in material science, inorganic chemistry, and polymer science, leading him to be listed as an inventor on more than 30 U.S. patents. He has substantial experience with advanced materials, applications, and equipment used in multiple global industries, including automotive, aerospace, coatings, plastics, medical devices, and microelectronic fabrication. His experience also includes the integration of IP processes with R&D, marketing, and quality operations, as well as obtaining government funding for R&D initiatives and establishing joint R&D programs. Dr. Weiss focuses his practice towards patent prosecution, technology licensing, portfolio development/management, and trade secret analysis. He received his B.S. from Clemson University, his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Florida, and his J.D. from the Thomas Cooley Law School.

Sungwook (Sung) Lee (Associate) has experience in various aspects of patent practice including patent application preparation, patent prosecution and patent litigation. His practice focuses on mechanical and electromechanical structures such as automotive components, power systems, semiconductors, medical devices, and office products. He previously served as a U.S. patent attorney in Germany and has worked with the European patent system in addition to the United States patent system. With the knowledge and experience of different patent systems, he can help his clients apply their patent in both the United States and internationally. Mr. Lee is a member of the Korean Intellectual Property Professionals in Europe (KIPEU) and the Association of Korean-American Professionals in the Automotive Industry (KPAI). He received his B.S. from KAIST, his M.S. from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

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About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Intellectual Property Lawyers Scott McBain and Paul Rodriguez Join Dickinson Wright’s Troy Office

TROY, Mich., June 4, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Scott McBain and Paul Rodriguez have joined the firm’s Troy office as Members.

Scott McBain concentrates his practice on domestic and international IP procurement and IP counseling, transactions and strategies for the protection and enforcement of IP assets. He has been an IP attorney for over 25 years and has significant experience in licensing and other complex technology transfers, including IP due diligence and supporting the activities surrounding mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and IPOs. Mr. McBain is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Law Section. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Technological University Alumni Association. Mr. McBain received his B.S. from Michigan Technological University and his J.D. from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, magna cum laude.

Paul Rodriguez assists individuals, small businesses, and Fortune 100 companies in building and managing intellectual property portfolios. He has extensive experience in many areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on patent and trademark matters. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as various bar and professional organizations. Mr. Rodriguez received his B.S.E. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Howard & Howard Continues Expansion of Metro Detroit Office

ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 10, 2019 – Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Aaron J. Beresh and David J. Goswami have joined the firm. Both will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office.

Aaron J. Beresh concentrates his practice on providing practical and effective legal advice to a variety of health care providers and suppliers in connection with a broad range of healthcare transactional, corporate, regulatory, and related matters.

Aaron received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2008 and his B.A. from Michigan State University in 2004. During law school, he served as a member of the Journal of Business & Securities Law. He is licensed to practice in the state of Michigan.

David J. Goswami concentrates his practice in intellectual property with a focus on patent preparation and prosecution. He has experience in the electrical, software, computer, and mechanical arts. In particular, David has worked with clients in the consumer electronics, automotive, telecommunications, financial services, and hospitality spaces. He has experience preparing utility patent applications domestically and internationally.

David received his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 2012. He also received both his B.S.B.A. in 2009 and his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, with an additional major certificate in Computer Engineering in 2017 from Oakland University. David is licensed to practice in the state of Michigan and before the USPTO.

About Howard & Howard:  

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice, providing legal services to businesses and business owners. With more than 160 attorneys, the firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak), Illinois (Chicago and Peoria), Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California.  For more information, please visit howardandhoward.com.

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Dickinson Wright Prevails in Patent Litigation Trial on Behalf of Hitkansut LLC

TROY, Mich., March 21, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorneys John S. Artz, John A. Artz, and Franklin M. Smith have prevailed on behalf of Hitkansut LLC and Acceledyne Technologies, Ltd. LLC (collectively, “Hitkansut”) in a patent infringement case against Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a research laboratory sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. On Friday, March 15, 2019, Federal Claims Judge Charles F. Lettow released a 30-page opinion granting Hitkansut’s request for attorneys’ fees and costs.

“We are pleased with Judge Lettow’s rulings in this case in favor of our client, Hitkansut LLC,” said John S. Artz, Member and Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. “This case makes clear that while the Government may take a person’s patent, the manner in which the Government takes the patent of a small company can affect the amount of compensation owed for the taking. We are happy that we were able to provide the necessary tools in the successful pursuit of our client’s claims of patent infringement against the U.S. government.”

Hitkansut’s founder, Ms. Donna M. Walker, invented and patented a materials processing method that provides unexpected benefits including significant energy savings, accelerated material processing efficiencies, and the ability to create new materials. In an effort to commercialize this novel method, Hitkansut disclosed it to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) under a Non-Disclosure Agreement. ORNL took Ms. Walker’s novel method, used it for its own benefit, including filing multiple patent applications and then won a prestigious industry research award. Hitkansut then filed suit against the U.S. Government in the Court of Federal Claims.

Dickinson Wright secured a favorable interpretation of the patent claims at issue and successfully defended against the Government’s challenges that the Hitkansut patent does not constitute patentable subject matter or is otherwise invalid. Over the course of a two-week trial, Dickinson Wright presented substantial evidence of ORNL’s infringement of Hitkansut’s patent, in addition to rebutting ORNL’s patent invalidity positions. On January 27, 2017, Judge Lettow issued an opinion finding that Hitkansut’s patent claims are valid, that the U.S. Government infringed all asserted claims, and provided an award of damages. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the court’s finding that Hitkansut’s patent is both valid and infringed. After preserving the court’s findings of infringement and validity on appeal, Hitkansut sought its attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in the protracted litigation against the government. After briefing and oral argument, the Court granted the vast majority of Hitkansut’s requested fees and costs.

According to Judge Lettow’s opinion, the “significant” fee award was justified after the lengthy, hard-fought case, and noted, “Hitkansut’s claim, however, was vigorously contested by the government, involved highly technical subject matter, spanned six years and proceeded through a lengthy appeal. Hitkansut also faced an opponent with vast resources whose calculus regarding settlement and the value of precedent differs from that of a private litigant.”

To read Judge Lettow’s full opinion, please click here.

Dickinson Wright’s Patent Litigation team handles domestic and international disputes involving patent infringement, validity, enforceability and ownership. Many of our patent litigators are registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and have technical degrees in areas such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, and aerospace engineering – giving us in-depth insight into our client’s highly technical issues. We provide a team approach that is successful, efficient, and economical. To learn more about our Patent Litigation practice, please click here.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

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 Ranked In The Top 30 Patent Firms For 2017 By IP Watchdog

Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked by IP Watchdog as the 28th Top Patent Firm for 2017 based on utility patent filings. Each year, IP Watchdog releases a listing of top patent law firms based on the total number of U.S. utility patents issued.

“Every year, Brooks Kushman continues to climb in distinguished rankings in publications like IP Watchdog. We attribute this growth to our commitment to client satisfaction, quality, and the talent of our team,” said John Nemazi, Co-Chair of the firm’s patent prosecution department. “Our attorneys work closely with clients throughout each stage of the process to ensure that the firm provides them the best service possible. This recognition is truly a testament to all of those individual efforts.”

IP Watchdog is a premiere online journal in the intellectual property space, and has been repeatedly recognized by the American Bar Association as a top legal blog. They focus their content on business, substance, policy and law of patents, technology, and innovation, but also cover copyrights and trademarks.


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, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Brooks Kushman Shareholders To Speak At Intellectual Property Law Spring Seminar 2018

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan in cooperation with the Institute of Continuing Legal Education is hosting the 2018 Intellectual Property Law Spring Seminar in Lansing, Michigan. It is an opportunity for national and local leaders in intellectual property to network, and learn new best practices to help them adapt to their client’s changing needs. Brooks Kushman shareholders Ben Stasa and Martin Sultana will be presenting on autonomous vehicles technology.

Stasa will be moderating the panel on a comprehensive IP primer of autonomous vehicles, and Sultana will be on the panel. The discussion will cover the new relationships between auto OEMs, suppliers, and tech companies in Silicon Valley, and key IP challenges and emerging issues in vehicle-to-vehicle communications to open source software compliance, industry players will discuss managing the IP and regulatory issues that are disrupting the automotive space.

Stasa is Co-Chair of Brooks Kushman’s Autonomous Vehicle practice group. His practice focuses on guiding the development of medium to large-scale patent portfolios, and managing teams of attorneys tasked with supporting the same. Given his lead role, he is often called upon to handle complex issues, as well as opine on matters concerning infringement, patentability, and validity. Stasa, as a result, has developed expertise in handling difficult legal circumstances for a wide array of technologies. He also has experience in using analytic tools to uncover competitive data and trends, and apply information gleaned from the same when counseling clients on patent strategy.

Sultana is Co-Chair of Brooks Kushman’s Autonomous Vehicle practice group. With years of real world automotive, electronics and software experience, he is well equipped to advise clients in this emerging technology, and regularly advises automotive OEMs and suppliers on the development of patent portfolios, freedom-to-operate opinions and validity opinions. Sultana focuses his practice on patent preparation, patent prosecution, and opinion related work. He also has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications on a variety of technologies. Sultana understands, through over a decade of engineering experience and his time as in-house counsel within a Tier-1 automotive supplier, that business decisions often impact intellectual property rights. This approach enables Sultana to thoroughly understand the issues that his clients face, and approach them with an informed perspective.

For more information about the conference, the rest of the programming, and to register for the event click here.


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 Shareholders To Speak At The Best Practices In Intellectual Property Sixth Annual Conference

Best Practices in Intellectual Property (BPIP) is hosting its sixth annual conference in Tel Aviv. The conference, IP Management: Today’s Global Issues, updates attendees on global IP issues, trends and legislation. It also demonstrates practical tools, methods and new ideas that can be applied to growing and strengthening a company’s IP portfolio. The sessions have a particular focus on IP portfolio management and strategy. Brooks Kushman shareholders Erin Bowles, John Halan, Sangeeta Shah and Robyn Lederman will participate in the conference and will host a Master Class to share innovative strategies that have been successfully tested in the changing patent landscape in the USA.

The BK team will present on “Accelerations, Examinations US and EU Tips and Tricks” and “How to Implement an Effective Trade Secret Policy” for Israeli companies on both sides of the ocean.

Counsel from innovative Israeli companies will participate in the BK Master Class to take a comprehensive look at the current interplay between post-grant mechanisms, prosecution and litigation and review the latest best practices to achieve IP goals for their companies. The BK team will share little-known offensive measures that a patent owner can deploy to offset the risk of an IPR or even revive enforcement strategy in the face of an adverse IPR decision. On the defensive side, the Class will review tips for employing IPRs and advancing arguments to improve invalidity and non-infringement positions and wreak havoc with a plaintiff’s enforcement program. Overall, to learn what strategic patent initiatives can be implemented to complement the end game.

Shah serves as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer and Co-Chair of Post-Grant Proceedings, her practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation and counseling, with a special focus on post-grant challenges and patent opinions. She represents several Fortune 500 clients for whom she provides strategic counseling and guidance on their global intellectual property portfolios, including developing and executing complex, multi-pronged enforcement strategies as part of a broader business plan.

Bowles’ practice involves counseling domestic and international clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on their intellectual property portfolios, with a focus on obtaining domestic and foreign patents and handling patent prosecution procedures. Her practice also includes patentability investigations, infringement and right-to-use analysis, and intellectual property transactions and licensing agreements, trademark, trade dress, and copyright issues. She also has an expansive understanding of various mechanical and electromechanical technologies.

Halan has been practicing with Brooks Kushman for nearly 30 years. He is head of the firm’s trade secret group, specializes in high-stakes intellectual property litigation, including patent, trade secret, and related commercial litigation. He also has considerable experience handling various matters before the PTAB, including inter partes reviews and appeals. He has negotiated and prepared numerous intellectual property and commercial agreements, including patent and technology license agreements. He has also prepared many infringement and validity patent opinions and has been called upon to act as a patent dispute mediator.

Robyn Lederman practiced trademark law in Israel before returning to her home state of Michigan where she specializes in global branding strategy, trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement for companies in a wide range of industries. Lederman takes a special interest in mentoring start-ups and connecting Israeli and Michigan business interests; currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator.


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 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.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Michelle Alamo Reappointed Chair of DRI’s Intellectual Property Litigation Committee

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Michelle L. Alamo has been reappointed Chair of DRI’s Intellectual Property Litigation Committee. She was originally appointed Chair in 2016 and her second one-year term goes into effect on November 1, 2017.

Ms. Alamo is a Member in the firm’s Detroit office where she focuses her practice on intellectual property and patent litigation, complex commercial and business litigation, and eDiscovery. She counsels clients in a wide range of industries including automotive, insurance, telecommunications, technology, and construction. She also assists clients in litigation matters involving antitrust, trade secrets, RICO, False Claims Act, supplier contracts, tortious interference, business defamation, and more.

Ms. Alamo is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Litigation Counsel of America. She is recognized as a leader in her field by Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, National Academy of Jurisprudence (formerly the American Academy of Trial Attorneys), Michigan Super Lawyers, and Dbusiness Top Lawyers. She received her B.S.E.E. from Kettering University and her J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

DRI’s Intellectual Property Litigation Committee is dedicated to meeting member needs relating to substantive law issues in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation as well as professional and business development. The Committee will particularly focus on issues related to IP litigation and will provide the defense practitioner with the skills and tools needed to thrive in this competitive market. The Committee welcomes both full-time IP litigators as well as those whose practice includes IP litigation only on occasion. To learn more, please click here.


About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.