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 Announces New Chair of Trademark Practice

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce Shareholder Elizabeth (Libby) Janda has recently been appointed to serve as the new Chair of the firm’s trademark practice.

Janda has more than 30 years of experience as a trademark practitioner and specialist with Brooks Kushman. She has been instrumental in developing the firm’s trademark practice and handles trademark matters in a variety of industries, both domestically and internationally.

“Libby’s diverse and extensive experience makes her a natural fit for the trademark chair role,” said Mark Cantor, president of Brooks Kushman. “She has helped us grow our practice substantially through her client network, and I am confident that she will continue to improve the firm in her new role.”

Janda’s work encompasses selecting and clearing trademarks, prosecuting trademark applications, representing clients in trademark opposition and cancellation matters, drafting and negotiating licenses and other agreements relating to the use of trademarks and copyrights, and policing the unauthorized use or infringement of clients’ rights. She also provides litigation support and consulting on trademark issues and matters.

Janda holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She was been recognized as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property in 2013 and 2014, and was included in the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list. She also has served on the board of trustees for the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.

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 Launches IP Law Tracker Blog

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman, Michigan’s largest intellectual property (IP) law practice, recently launched a new blog, IP Law Tracker, to focus on emerging trends affecting businesses. The blog will offer information and analysis on topics such as IP legislation, federal and Supreme Court rulings, and updates from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Topics currently covered in the blog include rulings on patent damages, trade secret legislation and the Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project.

Brooks Kushman’s more than 90 IP professionals practice in all areas of IP law, including patents, trademarks, IP litigation and post-grant proceedings. The IP Law Tracker is an easily-accessible resource; helping businesses across a variety of industries understand how updates and trends in each practice area affect them, and how to best handle IP-related situations.

A number of Brooks Kushman attorneys will serve as contributors to the blog, offering their unique insights and expertise.

The IP Law Tracker can be found at www.IPLawTracker.com.

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.