Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing IP

Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce six of the firm’s shareholders have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (IP) Magazine. This comprehensive guide to leading IP firms and lawyers 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.

• Cantor serves as the president of the Brooks Kushman and is one of the founders of the firm. His practices focusing on complex litigation matters in all technology areas, and has been named an “IP Star” since 2013.
• 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 2015 & 2016.
• 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 is chair of Brooks Kushman’s Open Source Compliance practice and focuses his practice on software and electrical patent litigation. He advises companies on the effective use of open source software in their products and creates customized strategies to help them comply with various license terms.
• 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.

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 Associate Featured in EE Times

Brooks Kushman Associate Richard Leach was featured in EE Times’ April 18, 2016 article, “Open Source: Licensing Pitfalls May Outweigh Benefits.”

The article discusses the potential pitfalls of using open source software without carefully considering the licenses involved. There are thousands of open-source licenses in use, but the vast majority use one of five main licenses. In some cases, these licenses can be incompatible with each other, which can lead to conflicts with business objectives.

Leach recommends a three-step approach for companies to protect themselves while using open-source software, including developing an open-source strategy and company policy, educating developers and ensuring product software complies with relevant open-source licenses.

Leach is a member of Brooks Kushman’s open source software compliance practice, where he advises companies on becoming compliant with open source license agreements. His practice also includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electrical and mechanical arts.

The full article can be found on the EE Times website here.

Brooks Kushman Associate Featured in EE Times

Brooks Kushman Associate Richard Leach was featured in EE Times’ April 18, 2016 article, “Open Source: Licensing Pitfalls May Outweigh Benefits.”

The article discusses the potential pitfalls of using open source software without carefully considering the licenses involved. There are thousands of open-source licenses in use, but the vast majority use one of five main licenses. In some cases, these licenses can be incompatible with each other, which can lead to conflicts with business objectives.

Leach recommends a three-step approach for companies to protect themselves while using open-source software, including developing an open-source strategy and company policy, educating developers and ensuring product software complies with relevant open-source licenses.

Leach is a member of Brooks Kushman’s open source software compliance practice, where he advises companies on becoming compliant with open source license agreements. His practice also includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the electrical and mechanical arts.

The full article can be found on the EE Times website here.

Brooks Kushman Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney Honored as a 2016 “Leader in the Law”

Brooks Kushman shareholder, John S. LeRoy, has been named a 2016 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. LeRoy will be recognized along with 30 other honorees including prominent counsel and judges at the 2016 Leaders in the Law award ceremony hosted by Michigan Lawyers Weekly on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 in Troy.

“We couldn’t be more proud of John for his recognition,” said Mark A. Cantor, president, Brooks Kushman. “This accomplishment is well deserved, as John is a valuable asset to the firm’s litigation department. His ability to mentor others and think outside of the box has allowed him to play a vital role in the firms’ overall growth.”

According to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, this honor recognizes lawyers for: significant accomplishments or achievements in law practice; outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan; leadership in improving the justice system in Michigan; seeking improvements to the legal community and their communities at large; and setting an example for other lawyers.

LeRoy focuses his practice on software and electrical patent litigation. John has successfully tried patent cases in Federal Courts nationwide and has successfully handled appeals before Federal Circuit. John is also the chair of Brooks Kushman’s Open Source Compliance practice, where he advises companies on the effective use of open source software in their products and creates customized strategies to help them comply with various license terms. He has been at the forefront of this relatively novel and dynamic field, not only creating the firm’s practice but leading the industry through promoting education and awareness on the topic as well.

LeRoy holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo.

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.