Who is Swimming in Your Gene Pool? Gene Patents and How the International Pattern of Patentability Could be Harmonized to Benefit Patient Care and the Biotechnology Industry by Shannon Murphy, University of Detroit-Mercy Law Review, Volume 89-4, 2012 *This Article is no longer available
Matt Schmidt and Corey Beaubien co-authored an article published in the Detroit Legal News titled Paying Inventors (to Play) in Foreign Countries. The article looks at employee-inventor compensation laws outside of the US in the countries of China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, France, Italy, and Brazil. Click here to view the article. https://www.legalnews.com/detroit/1364761/
Both the Detroit Legal News and Intellectual Property Today published Eric Jones article titled The Obvious Advantage – Revisited. The article recommends a novel approach to overcoming obviousness rejections of patent claims. Click here to view the article. http://reising.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ObviousAdvantageRevisited.pdf
Corey Beaubien is a member of the AIPLA’s Industrial Design Committee. He is working with other committee members to write a resolution that will be presented to the AIPLA Board of Directors for approval concerning US design patent enforcement. In particular, the proposed resolution will introduce legislative and rule-making changes for enforcing design patents through […]
Several Reising attorneys attended the Federal Circuit Bar Association conference at the University of Michigan Law School in September. Panelists included the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit, an administrative law judge from the International Trade Commission and several US District Court judges and magistrates.
Eric Jones attended the 2012 AdvaMed conference in Boston. During the conference, Jones discussed Intellectual Property issues with medical device company CEOs and their industry partners who had come to the conference to learn how to navigate the federal government’s regulatory bureaucracy and bring their products to market. AdvaMed’s member companies produce the medical devices, […]
Scott Hogan is an Eagle Mentor for the Michigan Crossroads Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In this role, Scott provides guidance related to educational and career interests, and provides an opportunity for our future leaders to get an early start on fostering relationships with professionals in the local business community.
Jim Stevens and Corey Beaubien recently returned from a visit to various clients and associate law firms in Europe where they worked on optimizing client-specific strategies for global coordination of patent filing and prosecution. During their meetings, Jim and Corey also presented updates on the new U.S. international harmonization efforts, including the move to a […]
Corey Beaubien attended the American Conference Institute’s Advanced Seminar on Medical Device Patents held on March 5-6 in Chicago. This seminar focused on prosecution and litigation strategies as they relate to medical device technologies. Particular topics included the America Invents Act and the effect of the Akamai and Mayo v. Prometheus cases. Among the presenters […]
Steven Permut has obtained a dozen favorable decisions with the National Arbitration Forum through the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (UDRP) for one of our clients in healthcare. Steve has helped our client protect one of its most valuable assets – its brand name. Twenty domain names that were previously held by internet pirates have […]
Steve Walmsley attended a Patent Resources Group seminar to gain a deeper understanding of the America Invents Act (AIA) — the most significant development in U.S. patent law in decades. One of the important topics reviewed was post-grant patent practice, including new procedures for post-grant review, inter-partes review, reexamination, reissue, and supplemental examination. A thorough […]
Jim Stevens, Rick Hoffmann and Michael Druzinski are included in DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers 2013 list. DBusiness magazine surveyed more than 21,000 attorneys in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties among 51 specialized practice areas. Surveyed lawyers were asked to nominate up to three attorneys in a given area of law.
Robert Collins recently retired as a shareholder after more than 40 years of faithful service to clients and our firm. Bob was an engineer and manager at Control Data Corporation before joining our firm, he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Detroit-Mercy Law School, and is a co-author of several editions […]
Matt Schmidt recently attended the annual meeting for the International Trademark Association (INTA) in Dallas, Texas. INTA is a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property. During this conference, Matt met with attorneys from several countries including Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and China to discuss recent […]
Corey Beaubien attended Design Day 2013 at the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria on April 23. The conference brought together attorneys, examiners, and industrial designers to discuss the state of design patent law in the U.S. and around the world. Presentations included the written description requirement under 35 USC 112 following the In re Owens […]
Rick Hoffmann and Mike Druzinski took over representation of a company in a patent infringement lawsuit. In that lawsuit, Reising was successful in obtaining a claim construction favorable to our client and defeating a motion raised by the defendant seeking to invalidate our client’s patent. Visit the IP Litigation section of our website to learn […]
How Recent Attempts to Expand Economic Espionage Protection Will Likely Be Futile in Light of Trade Secret Protection Schemes Already Available to U.S. Companies by Shannon Murphy, Michigan IT Lawyer, January 2014 Download & Print PDF Pages-from-Michigan-IT-Lawyer-January-2014-Newsletter
While Reising client Cerephex® has been working through the final stages of obtaining FDA clearance to market their revolutionary NeuroPoint® product for the remediation of Fibromyalgia and other brain-related disorders, Reising Ethington continues to seek and successfully obtain intellectual property protection for Cerephex products and trade names. Recently, Reising attorney Eric Jones travelled with Cerephex® […]
Rick Hoffmann and Jim Stevens received Super Lawyer recognition from the Super Lawyers organization, a Thomson Reuters affiliate. Scott Hogan and Mike Druzinski received Super Lawyer’s Rising Star recognition as being an up and coming lawyer.
In October, Corey Beaubien and David Simonelli presented a webinar to an audience of medical device industry executives. This webinar provided insight into the updates in patent law especially affecting those in the medical device industry. The webinar was well received.
Michael C. Adams was recently named an IP Star for 2013 by Managing Intellectual Property, a nationwide publication covering IP firms and attorneys. The publication cited Mike’s industry specialties as including automobiles and parts, electronics and electrical equipment, manufacturing, mechanical products and processes, and software and computer services.
Law Intern Shannon Murphy graduated from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in December 2013, magna cum laude. Shannon received three book awards for the highest grades in Estates and Trusts, Law of the Internet, and Antitrust. She also was the first-place winner of the 2013 Edward F. Langs Writing Award for her article […]
Reising attorneys Jeff Doyle and E. Colin Cicotte accepted their invitations to become shareholders of Reising Ethington. Previously, Jeff was of counsel and Colin was an associate, both of this firm. Reising continues to grow from within and is proud of the commitments Jeff and Colin have made to the continued success of the firm.
Jim Stevens, Eric Jones, Mike Adams, Mike Druzinski, Jeff Doyle, Colleen Shovlin and Scott Hogan all travelled to Vail for a conference to continue their legal education by staying abreast of recent changes in case law and recent statistical results from the changes in law due to the America Invents Act (AIA).
George Grove and Mike Druzinski have successfully prepared and prosecuted patent applications on a technology related to aluminum and its use in automobiles. A recent Wall Street Journal article titled “GM Locks Up Aluminum Supplies for Future Trucks” illustrated the use of these technologies in various General Motors products.
Steven Permut was the speaker at a Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association luncheon this past April. He gave a presentation on practical trademark advice on preparing trademark responses to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His presentation follows our firm’s long established reputation as being an important part of the legal education community.
Corey Beaubien and Scott Hogan gave a presentation at Kettering University (formerly GMI Engineering & Management Institute) about patent law to a classroom full of students, faculty and administrators. Beaubien and Hogan talked about what a patent is, its purpose, what it takes to be a patent attorney, the day-to-day work involved, and their own […]
Shannon Murphy graduated first in her class at the University of Detroit Mercy College of Law. Previously, Murphy accepted an offer for an associate position at the firm to commence her successful passage of the state bar exam.
Reising Ethington is continuing its commitment to supporting continuing legal education. The firm is a Gold Sponsor of the State Bar of Michigan’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education Intellectual Property Law Summer Conference. The conference is held on Mackinac Island over a three day period in July, and attracts nationally recognized speakers and attendees.
In the March/April 2014 issue of Dbusiness Magazine, an article lists the 35 greatest inventions from Michigan, naming 31 different inventors and companies. Reising Ethington has worked with five of the 31 inventors, including Elijah (“The Real McCoy”) McCoy, Charles Brady King, Ransom E. Olds, David Dunbar Buick, and Henry Ford. For example in 1896, […]
As a commitment to its community, several attorneys and staff members of Reising Ethington participated in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. The Reising for the Cause Team included Corey Beaubien, Keyuna Evans, Anthony Gartrelle, Dan Hegner, Scott Hogan, Julie Kaminski, Crystal Northup, Matt Schmidt, Colleen Shovlin, Paula Tack, Barb Urwiller and Rochelle Yingling.
Corey Beaubien attended Design Day at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Patent attorneys, USPTO personnel, and PTAB judges came together for a day to discuss prosecution and litigation matters concerning design patent law practice. Topics included the status of the ratification of the Hague Agreement in the U.S., the considerable increase in design […]
Corey Beaubien also attended a medical device conference in Chicago, where patent specialists discussed the latest developments in patent law and how changes in law (AIA) and case law affect the practitioners draft, prosecute and litigate patents in the medical device industry.
Patent Eligibility and Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Methods: Principles to Apply by Corey M. Beaubien and Shannon K. Smith, BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, 88 PTCJ 1276, 09/19/2014 Download & Print PDF BBNAInsightFinalPTCJ
Rick Hoffmann, Mike Druzinski and Colin Cicotte successfully defended the firm’s client BorgWarner in a patent infringement suit filed by Modine Manufacturing Company. Modine alleged that BorgWarner infringed its U.S. Patent 8,033,323 related to an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler. In a decision handed down June 10, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for […]
We are pleased to announce that Patent Attorney William Kolakowski has joined the firm. Kolakowski’s practice focuses on the acquisition and management of worldwide patent and trademark portfolios. He has worked with a wide variety of technologies including medical devices (including medical imaging systems, medical device position tracking and navigation systems, and electrophysiological mapping and […]
Scott Hogan and Michael Druzinski have been elected shareholders of the firm. Scott’s expertise includes laser-based manufacturing processes, nanomaterials and nanotechnology, microfabricated devices, and automotive components. Michael’s particular field of expertise revolves around next generation alternative energy technologies including fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, and hydrogen storage and delivery systems. Both Scott and Michael are […]
Jim Stevens, in his tenth year as an intellectual property adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, recently traveled to Sydney, Australia where he met with colleagues in the IP business and presented on recent changes in US law including the America’s Invent Act and the Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act.
Corey Beaubien and Shannon Murphy co-authored an article titled Patent Eligibility and Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Methods: Principles to Apply. BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal® published the article in September 2014. Beaubien and Smith look at recent views of the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit, and USPTO on patent eligibility and medical diagnostic and treatment […]
Shannon Murphy attended AIPLA’s “2014 Cross-Country Women in IP Networking Event,” an event held simultaneously in 31 cities to support and foster the growth of women in the intellectual property field. Shannon was also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Jim Stevens was invited to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. The Fellows support the research of the ABF and […]
Michael C. Adams, Scott Hogan and Shannon Murphy met with 11 USPTO Examiners, presenting the Examiners with in-person arguments for patentability on behalf of seven different clients, and successfully advancing prosecution in all cases. Reising attorneys frequently use in-person oral arguments to enhance and strengthen their corresponding written arguments.
No Michigan Firm Has Done It Longer Than Reising Ethington! This year marks the 150th anniversary of the firm solely practicing intellectual property law. Throughout its history, the firm has helped some of the most recognizable names in invention, people whose creativity has changed the world — Henry Ford, Ranson Olds, David Buick, and Mike […]
We are pleased to announce that Shelly Hokenstad has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Hokenstad’s expertise includes helping clients obtain, protect, and litigate all aspects of their intellectual property across a wide range of technologies including medical devices, cellular, fuel cell systems, collision preparation systems, autonomous driving systems, adaptive cruise control systems, lane-keeping systems, […]
Matt Schmidt successfully cancelled a trademark registration in China, paving the way for the client’s application to register in China. Mr. Schmidt has succeeded in cancellation proceedings in many countries around world.
Steven Permut was a featured speaker at the International Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA) conference held in Dubai, UAE, during January 5–6, 2015. Mr. Permut moderated a panel discussion entitled IP for Technology Focused Entities in Different Parts of the World.
Colin Cicotte, Corey Beaubien, George Grove and Steve Walmsley attended Bryan Garner’s Advanced Legal Writing and Editing course. Garner is the leading authority on good legal writing — the kind that is simple, direct, and reader-centric. This is just one example of how our attorneys update their skills to serve clients better.
The Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) asked Colin Cicotte to participate in their law school outreach program at Wayne State University. Colin and two other IP attorneys discussed a variety of topics relating to IP law and also fielded questions from law students about careers involving IP.
Making Sense of Non(ce)sense—Seeking Broad Claim Coverage and Avoiding Unwanted Means-Plus-Function Treatment by Corey M. Beaubien and Scott A. Hogan, BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, 90 PTCJ 1869, 05/01/2015 Download & Print PDF BBNAInsight_Final_Reising_Beaubien_Hogan
Rick Hoffmann headed the March program for the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court on the topic of Inter Partes Review. Corey Beaubien and Mike Druzinski, each a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, were also instrumental in the preparation of the program.
Mike Druzinski attended an advanced patent law seminar held by the Chisum Patent Academy on March 5–6 in Cincinnati, OH. The seminar, which is limited to only 10 participants, was attended by experienced patent litigators and prosecutors from law firms and corporations from around the country.
George Grove recently observed his fiftieth anniversary of practicing patent law on behalf of General Motors. He was hired March 15, 1965 by Paul J. Ethington, then an executive attorney at GM and later a namesake of our firm. During the next thirty six years Grove handled patent drafting and prosecution, joint development agreements, patent […]
Rick Hoffmann and Colleen Shovlin successfully defended the firm’s client, Lipari Foods, in a trademark opposition filed by Premio Foods, Inc. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a unanimous decision dismissing sausage manufacturer Premio’s opposition to the registration of Lipari’s PREMO mark for packaged deli sandwiches and other foods items. Premio was represented by […]
Scott Hogan provided commentary in a news article in Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal covering the en banc Federal Circuit case Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC. His comments concerned the importance of taking affirmative measures while drafting patent applications to avoid mean-plus-function treatment of claims in light of the new standard set forth […]
Colin Cicotte traveled to San Francisco where he attended an advanced patent law seminar hosted by the Patent Resources Group. The seminar provided an up-to-date commentary on the first-inventor-to-file aspects of the America Invents Act.
Reising sponsored Crain’s General & In-House Counsel Summit in June at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. The event honored corporate attorneys from across the state including General Motors, Whirlpool, Yazaki North America, Compuware, and Stryker. An afternoon of educational sessions covered topics important to corporate attorneys such as e-discovery, cyber security, social media, and […]
Steve Walmsley is now a member of the National Editorial Board (NEB) for the newsletter Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. Published by Thomson Reuters, the newsletter covers hot topics in patent, trademark, copyright, and other areas of intellectual property law.
In April, Reising Ethington sponsored this year’s World Intellectual Property (IP) Day event at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Dan Hegner, Keyuna Evans, and Anthony Gartrelle participated on the planning committee and officiated at the event. Detroit and other cities around the world offered information about protecting rights in music. Detroit’s […]
Corey Beaubien and Scott Hogan co-authored an article “Making Sense of Non(ce)sense—Seeking Broad Claim Coverage and Avoiding Unwanted Means-Plus-Function Treatment.” Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal published the article in May. The article looks at two recent Federal Circuit decisions concerning means-plus-function treatment when a claim lacks the traditional means-for phrasing. Shortly after the […]
Matt Schmidt won an appeal for a client on a patent application that was transferred to Schmidt from another law firm. The patent application covered one of the client’s important product lines. The U.S. Patent Office dropped the appeal, and the patent application was allowed before the appeal made its way to the Patent Trial […]
A team including ten Reising attorneys, interns, and staff participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Detroit on Saturday May 16th. The team, cleverly dubbed “Reising to the Occasion,” raised over $1,500 in donations for the charity.
Rick Hoffmann, Jim Stevens, Scott Hogan, and Mike Druzinski have been recognized by the Super Lawyers rating service for 2015. The annual Super Lawyers selection process involves independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Hoffmann has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer for ten consecutive years and Stevens for six of the last ten years. […]
Jim Stevens is currently in his 11th year as an Adjunct Professor teaching Patent Law at the University of Detroit Law School. He instructs his class from the casebook “Patent Law Including Trade Secrets-Copyrights-Trademarks,” a West Publishing publication Stevens co-authored with Reising attorneys William Francis and Matt Schmidt.
Colin Cicotte travelled to Washington DC in September to participate in the Chisum Patent Academy – an intensive, small-group, roundtable discussion of recent patent law developments periodically held by noted patent scholar Donald S. Chisum, the author of the multi-volume Chisum on Patents, and Janice M. Mueller, the author of Mueller on Patent Law.
The Supreme Court Gets Intellectual: A look at how the Court is reshaping IP law in significant ways by Corey M. Beaubien and Michael J. Druzinski, Michigan Bar Journal, February 2016 Download & Print PDF SupremeCourtGetsIntellectual
This past fall semester, Steve Walmsley guest lectured several sessions of an Advanced Patent Law course at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Walmsley co-lectured with colleagues of the Perry + Currier patent and trademark law firm of Toronto, Canada
Jim Stevens and Rick Hoffmann were selected as 2016 dbusiness Top Lawyers. Stevens was selected a top lawyer for the specialty Intellectual Property and Patent Law, and Hoffmann was selected a top lawyer for the specialty Litigation—Intellectual Property and Patents.
Shannon Smith began doing pro bono work for the American Red Cross as a caseworker for the Restoring Family Links Program with the International Services department. The Restoring Family Links Program helps clients who have been separated from family members in other countries due to armed conflict, migration, disasters, and other humanitarian emergencies.
Steve Permut attended a conference and a roundtable at the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and discussed with Christal Sheppard, Director of the Elijah McCoy Office, and with US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Chief Judge Gerard F. Rogers, ways to improve the service to IP stakeholders.
Corey Beaubien was a panelist for a seminar Protecting Your Intellectual Property and Managing Cybersecurity Risks. Beaubien discussed best practices for growing businesses to protect their IP assets and avoid common missteps. Dr. Christal Sheppard, the Director of the Elijah J. McCoy U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, also presented on the panel. The seminar was […]
Scott Hogan was a panelist at ACI’s 6th Advanced Summit on Medical Device Patents held in New York City, NY. Scott discussed recent developments in the law of indefiniteness, analyzing Federal Circuit case law and offering tips to practitioners to help avoid invalidity pitfalls when writing and prosecuting patent applications. Attendees included Federal Court Judges, […]
Corey Beaubien and Mike Druzinski co-authored an article “The Supreme Court Gets Intellectual: A Look At How The Court Is Reshaping IP Law In Significant Ways.” The Michigan Bar Journal published the article in its IP-themed issue in February 2016. The article reviewed several significant IP cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in recent […]
Matt Schmidt successfully opposed a trademark application in Turkey. The application was filed by a competitor of a Reising client and the successful opposition prevented the competitor from obtaining any registration of a trademark similar to trademarks owned by the client. Matt has succeeded in cancellation and opposition proceedings in many countries around the world, […]
Reising is working with 10-year old “kid inventor” Christian Blankenbaker to obtain patent and trademark protection for his GREET-O-MATIC™ audio recording and playback device. Christian lives in Michigan and has been featured on Local 4 News (WDIV Detroit), as well as on national television as a guest on the Steve Harvey Show.
Rick Hoffmann represents Chrimar Systems Inc. d/b/a CMS Technologies in connection with certain of Chrimar’s patents that cover aspects of power over ethernet technology. In just the last four months, Rick has obtained four favorable settlements for Chrimar.
We are pleased to announce that Henriett A. Strebe has joined Reising as our Office Manager. Henriett comes to Reising from Berry Moorman P.C. where she was Director of Administration. Her experience includes HR management, finance, operations and legal records management (Butzel Long). Henriett earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of […]
Matt J. Schmidt, Rick W. Hoffmann, and Michael C. Adams managed the defense of our client against an accusation of patent infringement in Sweden, and successfully invalidated the patent during trial. The products involved were digital ignition systems for small engines, and the invalidating prior art was uncovered by Reising. The court awarded attorney fees […]
Corey M. Beaubien was a speaker on a panel for the conference IP in the Auto Industry held at the Ford Motor Company Conference Center in May. Beaubien’s panel discussed spare parts and the after-market, and particularly how design patents have proved an effective tool to protect replacement exterior car parts. Joining him on the […]
Reising was a proud sponsor of Crain’s General & In-House Counsel Summit in May at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. More than 200 attendees joined to honor top corporate attorneys from across Michigan, including counsel at Denso, Key Safety Systems, Spartannash, and AF Group. Reising attorneys Corey M. Beaubien, William H. Francis, Dan E. […]
Colleen N. Shovlin and Shannon K. Smith attended the 9th annual AIPLA Women in IP Networking Global Event in April. The event is a meeting of women located around the globe who practice IP law. On the day of the event, women gathered in groups in multiple geographic locations (55 locations in 21 countries) and […]
The U.S. Patent Office issued its first design patent from an international Hague application on April 26, 2016 as U.S. patent no. D754,922. The patent is titled “Cosmetics Applicator” and the applicant is the German company Schwan-Stabilo Cosmetics GmbH & Co. The Hague Agreement went into effect in the U.S. in May of 2015.
The Defend Trade Secrets Act was passed by Congress and quickly signed into law by President Obama in May. Among its many provisions, the Act gives trade secret owners the same access to federal courts long enjoyed by the holders of other types of intellectual property. Most commentators agree that the Act will serve to […]
The great divide – sorting out method claims and multiple actors by E. Colin Cicotte and Scott A. Hogan, first appeared in IAM Yearbook: Building IP value in the 21st century 2017, a supplement to IAM, published by Globe Business Media Group – IP Division, October 2016. To view the guide in full, please go […]
Corey M. Beaubien and Jeffrey L. Doyle co-authored an article “At the Intersection of U.S. Patent Laws and Autonomous Vehicles: A Look at Patent Eligibility and Claim Indefiniteness.” The article was published as a General Chapter in the 7th edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents, published by Global Legal Group Ltd., London. […]
We are pleased to announce that Melinda D. Zatkoff has joined Reising as an Associate. Zatkoff comes to our firm from Brinks Gilson & Lione where she was an Associate Attorney. Her experience includes foreign and domestic patent and trademark prosecution, infringement and clearance analysis, and agreement work. Zatkoff earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry […]
Corey M. Beaubien was a speaker for a webinar Protecting Your Intellectual Property While Meeting the Challenges of 21st Century Cyber Threats. Beaubien discussed best practices for growing international companies to develop IP management plans and avoid common missteps. Other speakers included the IP Attaché for Southeast Asia of the USPTO, as well as a […]
William F. Kolakowski recently worked with Brazilian counsel to secure confirmation from the Federal Court of Appeals in Brazil of a trial court decision finding that our client’s trademark rights had been infringed. The Brazilian courts delivered a comprehensive victory for our client issuing a decision enjoining the infringer from further use of our client’s […]
Reising was a proud sponsor of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s 42nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute held at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in July. Intellectual Property professionals from around the country came together to receive updates on patent, trademark, and copyright law, gain insights relating to litigation strategy from judges […]
The Intellectual Property Law Section (IPLS) of the State Bar of Michigan elected Reising attorney E. Colin Cicotte to a council member position at the IPLS annual meeting held on Mackinac Island in July. The IPLS studies intellectual property law topics and hosts conferences devoted to educating state bar members about these topics. Colin will […]
Corey M. Beaubien attended the 10th Annual USPTO Design Day in Alexandria, VA. Attendees included folks from the Patent Office, design professionals, corporations, and practitioners. Among topics of covered, speakers discussed international developments in design patent law, updates on the Hague implementation, best practices for design patent prosecution, and the upcoming Supreme Court case Apple […]
James D. Stevens recently began his twelfth year as an intellectual property adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. James is teaching a course on patent law in the Fall 2016 semester.
Melinda D. Zatkoff was a panelist for the University of Michigan’s WISE: Transitions to the Workplace Conference. The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program is designed to promote careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to women. During the conference, Melinda advised students and recent graduates on the potential challenges many face when adjusting […]
Steven L. Permut attended a State Bar of Michigan presentation on “Profiting from the Holocaust: Legal and Ethical Controversies over Nazi Art Looting.” Topics such as how American museums ended up with many such pieces of art were discussed. Recent popular movies such as The Monuments Men and Woman in Gold have raised this topic […]
Matthew J. Schmidt served as a committee chairperson for the United States Golf Association’s 116th U.S. Amateur Championship. The event was held at Oakland Hills Country Club in August and featured 312 of the world’s best amateur golfers.
Corey M. Beaubien attended the USPTO Technology Centers 3600 & 3700’s Partnership Meeting in Alexandria, VA. The focus was on patent quality in the mechanical engineering art units. Topics included recent case law involving indefiniteness under 35 U.S.C. § 112(b) and best practices to ensure clarity in view of the definiteness requirement. Attendees included USPTO […]
The 7th Edition of the U.S. law school textbook entitled Cases and Materials on Patent Law Including Trade Secrets authored by Reising attorneys William H. Francis, James D. Stevens, Matthew J. Schmidt, and Rick W. Hoffmann has been published by West Publishing Co. This edition of the casebook includes over 400 pages of new material […]
Shannon K. Smith recently became a member of the PTAB Bar Association, an organization working toward fostering the highest professional and ethical standards among practitioners and stakeholders appearing before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Shannon is a member of the Young Lawyers and Agents Committee and […]
Reising client FenF, LLC’s Yoga Toes product was recently featured on the Rachael Ray Show that aired December 16, 2016. Reising has successfully enforced FenF’s patents and trademarks covering the featured product.
Reising was a proud sponsor of the American Conference Institute’s 7th Advanced Summit on Medical Device Patents held in New York City in March. Intellectual property professionals from around the country came together to receive updates and insider viewpoints on pressing topics relating to medical device patents. Scott Hogan participated in a panel discussion on […]
Corey M. Beaubien attended the Intellectual Property and Licensing Symposium at Wayne State University Law School, hosted by the Michigan Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES). A panel of industry leaders from GM, Stryker, Navistar, Delphi, and Invest Detroit discussed their experiences and best practices in licensing intellectual property and other technologies.
Melinda D. Zatkoff has accepted a position on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. The advisory board is comprised of lawyers, judges, and business persons, and its purpose is to provide advice and counsel on how to make the legal education provided to students in the school’s American and […]
Reising recently welcomed a number of people to its administrative staff ranks. Both Emily Meerhaeghe and Rachel Girgenti will be handling the firm’s receptionist duties and will be working with the firm’s administrative assistants on various tasks. Emily and Rachel are both students at Macomb Community College. Marina D’Costa is the firm’s new Foreign Filing […]
Functional Claiming of Inventions and Related Issues of Indefiniteness, by James D. Stevens Jr., published in the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, Volume 94, Issue 2, Spring 2017 Download & Print PDF Functional_Claiming_of_Inventions
Corey M. Beaubien was a speaker on a panel for the conference IP in the Auto Industry in Detroit in May. Beaubien’s panel discussed global perspectives on the afterparts market. Joining him on the panel were IP counsel and business leaders from Schaeffler, ZF Services, and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association. Reising was […]
Matthew J. Schmidt managed the invalidity and infringement appeals for a client before the newly created Patent and Market Court of Appeal in Stockholm, Sweden. This is believed to be one of the first patent cases before the specialized appellate court which came into existence on September 1, 2016 and is charged with handling all […]
E. Colin Cicotte attended the State Bar of Michigan’s annual Spring Intellectual Property Conference. The conference included national speakers and officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and included topics of discussion ranging from recent case law to rule changes at the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), the Defend Trade […]
Reising intern James D. Stevens Jr. graduated at the top of his class from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. James will be taking the Michigan Bar exam in the summer of 2017.
After shelving the proposed legislation for a couple of years, Congress has reintroduced the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act of 2017. This legislation would amend 35 USC §271 and, if enacted, would drastically shorten the term of design patent protection for replacement exterior car parts – e.g., hoods, fenders, tail lights, side […]
Reising is excited to announce that it recently upgraded all of its major computer systems, including its docketing, billing, and document management systems. This upgrade will allow the firm to continue to provide the first-class service it is known for in an even more efficient manner.
Corey M. Beaubien, Steve B. Walmsley, and Melinda D. Zatkoff attended the Design Day 2017 conference at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, in April. Firms, companies, and examiners gathered to discuss the increasing Hague design filings in the U.S., international developments in design law, prosecution best practices, and trends in […]
Colleen N. Shovlin was a participant in a panel discussion at the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s conference Intersection of the PTO and the Courts 2017 held at Wayne State University in April. The panel, which also included Judge George Pologeorgis of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), discussed recent […]
Reising intern James D. Stevens Jr. authored a paper “Functional Claiming of Inventions and Related Issues of Indefiniteness.” The paper was published in Volume 94, Issue 2 of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review (Spring 2017). In the paper, Stevens discusses the recent history of invocation of 35 U.S.C. § 112(f) (pre-AIA, para. 6) […]
Rick W. Hoffmann was recently interviewed for Lawyer Monthly Magazine. In the interview, Rick discussed various topics relating to both patent prosecution and litigation, and provided insight and tips for becoming a top-notch lawyer. Rick also discussed developments in IP law that he would like to see in the future.
Stefan D. Osterbur is co-chairing the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Patent Prosecution Boot Camp committee. The “Boot Camp,” which has been conducted for nearly two decades, provides comprehensive training in all aspects of patent prosecution useful for new practitioners, students, and seasoned professionals seeking to stay current with legal developments affecting their practice. […]
Method Claiming in the United States: The Who, What, and Where of Enforcement by Scott A. Hogan and Shannon K. Smith, first appeared as Chapter 2 in the eighth edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Patents 2018, published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London, September 2017 Download & Print PDF PAT18_Chapter-2_Reising-Ethington-PC
After a lifetime of deference to utility patents, in recent years design patents in the United States are enjoying a place of prominence. Design patent filings at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have increased sharply and design patents are finding a more important role in corporate patent portfolios. Much of the attention stems […]
Colin Cicotte spoke as a panelist at the Autolex/Managing Intellectual Property Automotive Legal Forum held in Detroit during November 2017. The panel discussed managing the IP life cycle, overseeing R&D departments, and fighting trade secret theft in the world of autonomous vehicles.
Michael C. Adams has been named a Patent Star and a Trademark Star, by Managing Intellectual Property, a global publication focused on news and analysis of intellectual property developments worldwide. The research for IP Stars covers contentious and non-contentious IP work and is performed by a team of researchers based in Hong Kong, London, and […]
William F. Kolakowski recently helped a client obtain a key patent relating to a system for re-configuring a remote device by providing for general purpose input/output functionality over a network. U.S. Patent No. 9,727,046 titled “System for Monitoring or Controlling a Remote Programmable Device by Configuring a Reconfigurable Record Stored on a Server by a […]
Michael C. Adams, E. Colin Cicotte, Rick W. Hoffmann, and James D. Stevens attended the 43rd annual Intellectual Property Law Institute IP Section held in July by the State Bar of Michigan. The Institute attracts national experts from around the country who speak about current legal topics relevant to intellectual property law attorneys.
Matthew J. Schmidt and E. Colin Cicotte were asked to author the U.S. chapter for “The Legal 500: Intellectual Property Country Comparative Guide.” The intellectual property law guide is produced by the “In-House Lawyer” website, which also publishes quarterly magazine issues directed to topics of interest to in-house counsel. The intellectual property law guide can […]
James D. Stevens and Rick W. Hoffmann have been named 2017 Super Lawyers; Corey M. Beaubien, Michael J. Druzinski, and Scott A. Hogan have been named 2017 Super Lawyer Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of information for the legal industry.
James D. Stevens and Rick W. Hoffmann have been named to the 2017 Top Lawyers list issued by Dbusiness magazine. Jim Stevens has extensive experience procuring and managing global intellectual property portfolios for U.S. and multinational corporations. Rick Hoffmann heads the firm’s litigation section and manages litigation in courts throughout the country.
E. Colin Cicotte, Michael J. Druzinski, Shelly L. Hokenstad, Rick W. Hoffmann, Colleen N. Shovlin, James D. Stevens, and James D. Stevens Jr. are all members of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court for the 2017-2018 year.
Stefan D. Osterbur presented as part of AIPLA’s webinar entitled “What I Wish I Knew as a First Year Associate” on October 12th. During the webinar, Stefan and his co-panelists provided practice tips to law students and attorneys participating from across the country to help prepare them for entering the private practice of intellectual property […]
Melinda D. Zatkoff spoke at the Girl Scout Robotics Exploration Day Workshop. The workshop allowed girl scouts to participate in hands-on activities that focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Melinda talked about opportunities for girls and women to work in STEM fields. Specifically, Melinda discussed skills that she uses as an intellectual property […]
Rick W. Hoffmann was named a founding member of the Michigan State University Law College’s Intellectual Property Advisory Board. Rick was also selected by The Knowledge Group for a panel of industry professionals hosting a webinar titled “Patent Infringement: Significant Developments in 2017 and Beyond” held on September 15, 2017.
Corey M. Beaubien was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and quoted in an article entitled, “A Shape-Shifting Car? Patent Filings Point to Auto Industry’s Future,” published in September 2017. His quote concerned patenting efforts by traditional automakers and new arrivals to the automotive industry from Silicon Valley.
James D. Stevens and Michael C. Adams were briefed by Judge Motoyuki Nakashima on the outline of IP litigation in Japan and the results of the Judicial Symposium on Intellectual Property/Tokyo 2017 held from October 30 to November 1st. 2017, and exchanged opinions with them about such topics as the situation regarding IP litigation in […]
Corey M. Beaubien, Melinda D. Zatkoff, and Jeff L. Doyle co-authored an article in the IAM Yearbook 2018, released in October 2017. The article is entitled “US design patents — no longer second chair” and looks at the newfound prominence and changing laws of design patents in the US, including the Samsung v. Apple Supreme […]
Corey M. Beaubien was a speaker for the webcast “The Hague Agreement and Design Filings: Things You Need to Know and Do,” presented by The Knowledge Group, LLC in October 2017. With three speakers in all, the webcast covered the many issues encountered with international industrial design applications filed under the Hague Agreement, including recent […]
The firm is a proud sponsor of IAM’s third annual 2018 Auto IP USA conference that will be held on May 8, 2018 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. Reising has sponsored this event since its inception; it will be stacked with leading IP industry speakers from around the world. Richard W. Hoffman will […]
Stefan D. Osterbur spoke during an AIPLA webinar held in April titled “Introduction to Provisional Patent Applications and How to Use Them Effectively,” which was heard by an audience of law students and attorneys participating from across the country. Stefan introduced the concepts of provisional patent applications explaining how they can be helpful and how […]
James D. Stevens and Richard W. Hoffmann have been named 2018 Super Lawyers, and Shannon K. Smith, Corey M. Beaubien, Michael J. Druzinski, and Scott A. Hogan have been named 2018 Rising Stars by the Super Lawyers’ publication. Less than 5% of lawyers are named Super Lawyers and less than 2.5% of eligible lawyers are […]
Michael C. Adams has been named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property, a global publication with offices in Hong Kong, London, and New York. Michael’s selection was based on his patent and trademark work.
Richard W. Hoffmann was a featured speaker for the webcast “Patent Infringement and Damages: Practical Tips and Strategies You Should Not Miss” presented by The Knowledge Group, LLC in February 2018. This webcast included a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders discussing fundamental concepts and recent updates on patent infringement and damages.
“Reising For the Cure” is the name of the firm’s team that participated in the 2018 Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure® event held on May 5, 2018. Attorneys, staff, and their families and friends participated in this year’s event to support the fight against breast cancer.
Shannon Smith became the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Chairperson for the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA), an association of intellectual property attorneys, patent agents, and law students from across the State of Michigan that promotes the advancement of industry and commerce through patent, trademark, and copyright and protection.
Patent Attorney Gary Keller joined the firm. Practicing patent law for more than fourteen years, Gary has experience in a wide variety of technology areas including semiconductors and integrated circuit fabrication, chemical detection systems and mass spectrometry, food science, computer networking, software, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, touchscreens, diesel engines, optics, GPS devices, truck hitches, and […]
Corey M. Beaubien and Melinda D. Zatkoff attended the Design Day 2018 conference at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia in April. Firms, companies, and examiners gathered to discuss international developments in design law, prosecution best practices, and trends in U.S. design patent litigation.
In June, Rick Hoffmann, Bill Francis, and Matt Schmidt filed a complaint in the International Trade Commission for unfair practices in import trade that seeks to institute an investigation against thirty five companies involved in manufacturing, importing, or selling products that use carburetors from seven different carburetor manufacturers. The suit alleges that the companies infringe […]
Rick Hoffmann was featured on the The Knowledge Group’s live webcasts conducted earlier this year: “Patent Infringement: A Thorough Analysis of 2017 Developments and Its Impacts in 2018.” This webcast provided an in-depth discussion of the fundamentals of patent infringement while pre senting a thorough analysis of the significant 2017 developments and updates surrounding this […]
Patent Confidential — On-Sale Bar and Secret Sales in America Invents Act Era, this article first appeared in IAM Yearbook: Building IP value in the 21st century 2019, a supplement to IAM, published by Globe Business Media Group – IP Division. To view the guide in full, please go to IAM-media.com. October 2018. […]
Corey M. Beaubien authored an article in the IAM Yearbook 2019, released in October 2018. The article is entitled “Patent Confidential – On-Sale Bar and Secret Sales in America Invents Act Era” and looks at recent court decisions involving secret sales under the AIA’s on-sale bar.
Scott Hogan contributed a chapter to The International Comparative Legal Guide to Patents 2019, 9th edition. The chapter is entitled Can We Just Be Reasonable? and explores the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation standard used by U.S. Patent Office personnel during patent examination. Scott offers the reader a guided tour of the BRI standard, explaining what it […]
Corey M. Beaubien traveled to the US Supreme Court in Washington DC in order to attend the oral arguments in Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva Pharmaceuticals. The arguments centered around whether the phrase “or otherwise available to the public” in Section 102 of the America Invents Act (AIA) expands or contracts the meaning of “on sale,” […]
James D. Stevens and Matthew Schmidt are recognized as 2019 Best Lawyers® by U.S. News & World Report. This is the fourth consecutive year on this list for Matthew Schmidt, and the third consecutive year for James D. Stevens. This publication ranks the firm as Tier 1 in Patent Law in its regional rankings.
William Francis, James D. Stevens, and Richard Hoffmann have been recognized by dbusiness magazine as “Top Lawyers 2019” for Intellectual Property and Patent Law. For this list, 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties were polled and each attorney was asked to nominate lawyers among fifty legal specialties.
Stefan Osterbur will be chairing the AIPLA Patent Prosecution Boot Camp, which is to be held in Philadelphia, PA on May 13-15, 2019, immediately prior to the AIPLA Spring Meeting. The Boot Camp has been provided by AIPLA for over twenty years and provides comprehensive training in all aspects of patent prosecution that is useful […]
Shannon Smith and Stefan Osterbur attended the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) mid-winter institute in Tampa, Florida. The conference addressed emerging issues in the practice of IP law, and speakers at the conference included judges and well-respected IP industry leaders from around the world.
In January, Steve Walmsley spoke to several hundred middle school students, parents, and educators about the benefits of inventing and participating in the Young Inventors Project coordinated by the Livonia Chamber of Commerce, Alpha USA, and Schoolcraft College, in conjunction with the Livonia, Clarenceville, Wayne-Westland, and Garden City schools. Now in its fifth year, over […]
Matt Schmidt successfully opposed another trademark application in China. The application was filed by a competitor of a Reising client and was close to a family of marks owned by our client. Matt was successful in demonstrating not only that registration of the proposed mark would be in conflict with our clients’ prior registrations and […]
Steve Walmsley, Corey Beaubien, and Melinda Zatkoff attended the USPTO Design Day 2019 conference in April. Law firms, companies, and patent examiners gathered to discuss changes to USPTO and international design patent examination, learn about new case law from federal courts and the Patent and Trial Appeal Board, as well as to hear a panel […]
Stefan Osterbur will once again chair the AIPLA Patent Prosecution Boot Camp, which is to be held in Philadelphia, PA on May 13-15, 2019, immediately prior to the AIPLA Spring Meeting. The Boot Camp has been provided by AIPLA for over twenty years, and provides comprehensive training in all aspects of patent prosecution that is […]
Rick Hoffmann was selected by global publisher IAM to moderate a panel of industry professionals discussing Technology Transfer in Mobility during the Auto IP USA conference held in Detroit on May 8th; Mike Adams, Corey Beaubien, Colin Cicotte, and Matt Schmidt attended. Topics included “How Universities and Research Institutions are Innovation Hubs and Play a […]
A group of Reising attorneys including Mike Adams, Colin Cicotte, Scott Hogan, Stefan Osterbur, Shannon Smith, and Jim Stevens recently attended the annual ICLE Summer Institute held at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The institute, in its 45th year, invites prominent scholars of patent, trademark and copyright law to lecture about recent changes to […]
Reising is a continuing sponsor of the Managing Intellectual Property/Benchmark Litigation Autolex Autonomous Vehicle Legal Forum held in Detroit at the Westin Book Cadillac on September 10th. Jim Stevens was asked to moderate a panel discussion with other autonomous vehicle experts about what is happening to IP for autonomous vehicles.
Reising attorneys continue to be recognized yearly by their peers as top attorneys in Intellectual Property. Jim Stevens, Matt Schmidt, and Rick Hoffmann were recently named as U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers, with the firm also receiving the same award as a Tier 1 patent law firm. Jim Stevens also received a Lawyer […]
Richard Hoffmann, Eric Jones, Michael Druzinski, and James Stevens Jr. have won a round on behalf of client Lippert Components in a patent infringement battle with rival RV parts maker Days Corp. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidated both patent claims that Days Corp. asserted against Lippert, in response to an Inter-Partes review […]
Recently Reising Ethington welcomed special guest Thomas Sprague who is the great-great grandson of Colonel Thomas Sprague, the founder of the original firm in 1865. The meeting was featured in The Detroit Legal News, September 12, 2019.
James Stevens, Corey Beaubien, Jeffrey Doyle, Colin Cicotte, Michael Druzinski, William Francis, and Shannon Smith attended the 2019 Autolex: Autonomous Vehicle Legal Forum at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. James Stevens led a panel on IP considerations with autonomous vehicle technologies.
James Stevens, Michael Adams, and Shannon Smith attended a meeting with international stakeholders at the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany to discuss EPO directives and quality control of EP patents. They visited with EPO top officials and had the opportunity to discuss the need for a less strict interpretation of EPC Art. 123(2) to […]
Reising Attorney Scott A. Hogan has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyers® Rising Star for 2020. This is the eight consecutive year Mr. Hogan has received this recognition from his peers, dating back to 2013.
Corey Beaubien is now a member of the East Michigan District Export Council (EMDEC). The Council is made up of leaders whose knowledge of and expertise in international business provides a source of professional advice for their region’s local companies.
Jim Stevens is beginning his 15th year as an Adjunct Professor teaching Patent Law at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. He instructs his class from the casebook “Patent Law Including Trade Secrets – Copyrights – Trademarks,” a West Publishing Company publication co-authored by Bill Francis, Rick Hoffmann, Matt Schmidt, and Jim Stevens.
Corey Beaubien and Shannon Smith have been appointed as coaches for the 2020 International Patent Application Drafting Competition put on by the USPTO. The competition introduces law students to issues arising in United States Patent Law and helps develop their patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills.
Reising Ethington sponsored a family during the holidays through Volunteers of America. Through employee donations (several shareholders, attorneys, and staff), the firm delivered clothing and toys to the family helping them have a great holiday.
The spread of COVID-19 has had an immense impact on our global environment. While the impact is great, we have been diligently guiding clients to protect their intellectual property throughout this tumultuous time, and we will continue to stay on top of matters without interruption. Our Patent and Trademark Resource Guides, put together by Reising […]
The spread of COVID-19 has had an immense impact on our global environment. While the impact is great, we are still fully committed to helping our clients protect their intellectual property throughout this tumultuous time, and we will continue to stay on top of matters without interruption. Questions relating to the coronavirus impact on your […]
Reising Ethington is ranked as one of the top firms in intellectual property by Chambers and Partners. Only six firms were chosen in Michigan. Fellow practitioners highlight the firm’s “amazing talent, especially on the patent prosecution side.” Sources acknowledge the firm’s attorneys as “very knowledgeable in their respective areas and responsive to client needs.”
A New Fault Line in the Modern Era of U.S. Patent Eligibility, first published as an expert chapter in the 11th edition of the ICLG Patents 2021, published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London, September 2020 Download & Print PDF A New Fault Line in the Modern Era of U.S. Patent Eligibility
Bill Kolakowski and Matt Schmidt answered questions as part of a virtual roundtable having a topic of “Innovation and IP in Auto.” The participants in this roundtable were selected for their significant experience and expertise managing complex IP matters for a number of automotive clients.
Corey M. Beaubien authored a chapter in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Patents 2020, 10th edition, released in the fall. Corey M. Beaubien authored a chapter in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Patents 2020, 10th edition, released in the fall. Corey M. Beaubien authored a chapter in The International Comparative Legal Guide to […]
Reising attorneys have once again been recognized by their peers as top attorneys in Intellectual Property. Rick Hoffmann and Jim Stevens were recently named as US News and World Report Best Lawyers, with the firm also receiving the same award as a Tier 1 patent law firm. Rick, Jim, Scott Hogan, and Shannon Smith were […]
The firm has also been ranked as an IP firm in the Chambers USA 2020 guide. Chambers and partners is an independent research company that identifies top lawyers and law firms for inclusion in their rankings. The rankings can be accessed here.
Reising Ethington once again has been identified as a recommended law firm included in the “The IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals” for 2020. The IAM Patent 1000 IAM resulted from a qualitative research project to identify outstanding firms and individuals across multiple jurisdictions. The IAM 1000 featured Colin Cicotte, Rick Hoffmann, Eric […]
The fall edition of our newsletter is now available. Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in this edition: the Federal Circuit cuts the line on a patent-ineligible fishing method, the USPTO limits AI inventions, SCOTUS makes it easier to recover a trademark infringer’s profits, and sovereign immunity sinks copyright claims. Download & […]
Scott Hogan and James Stevens Jr. collaborated to write a chapter for publication in the IAM Innovation & Invention Yearbook 2021. Their chapter, entitled “Functional claiming in the aftermath of Williamson,” examines the latest developments in means-plus-function claim interpretation at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Download & Print PDF IAM_Yearbook2021_Reising_Ethington
We hope that you and your family are healthy and coping during challenging times. Reising appreciates how this year has momentously shaped our relationships with clients and the way in which we provide service. Our first-ever digital card is just one small example of this. We look forward to a better 2021 as we work […]
The winter edition of our newsletter is now available. Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in this edition: the Supreme Court has no reservations about the Booking.com trademark, the Federal Circuit adds co-inventors to patents, the Copyright Act preempts state law claims over makeup artistry, and the Federal Circuit affirms the PTAB’s common […]
Diversity Initiative – Helping Our Clients Promote Women Inventors In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Women’s History Month, Reising has developed a new initiative to help promote women in intellectual property. For the month of March, we are offering our clients a 40% reduction in attorney fees for new US provisional or non-provisional application […]
Spring 2021 Newsletter The spring edition of our newsletter is now available. Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in this edition: “Jersey Boys” doesn’t violate copyright on autobiography, a “method of preparation” involving a natural phenomenon is patent-eligible, patent licensing missteps, and who can file for trademark cancellation.
Shannon Smith was a speaker at the Auto IP Connect 2021 Conference, which featured representatives from the world’s leading OEMs, high tech innovators, industry disrupters, and tier suppliers to share best practices and leading IP strategies for the future of automobility. Information regarding the event can be found here: https://lnkd.in/ePUCs-b
Kristen Goodman is a new Staff Attorney at Reising. Ms. Goodman earned her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Illinois, where she was on the school’s law review and participated in the pro bono legal clinic. She earned a Master of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and a […]
Randy Shoemaker joined the firm as a Senior Attorney in May. Randy has nearly twenty-five years of legal experience servicing the patent needs of several different multi-national chemical corporations. He attended law school at the University of Michigan and holds a PhD in Pharmacology with a minor in Biochemistry as well as a Bachelor of […]
Steve Permut spoke at a lunch hosted by the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) where he discussed “Failed Trademarks that Enhance the English Language.” He identified famous marks that became generic, such as ASPIRIN and ESCALATOR, as well as current legal issues that owners of famous trademarks face.
Rick Hoffmann led a team including Mike Druzinski and James Stevens Jr. representing our longtime client FenF, LLC and their iconic product YogaToes against Groupon. Rick and our team prevailed on all issues raised by Groupon during a recent Summary Judgment motion seeking invalidity of the asserted FenF trademark and copyright.
Newsletter June/July 2021 The June/July edition of our newsletter is now available. Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in this edition: “Oh, the places you won’t go” fair use defense fails for mashup, “Take Two” Court revives trademark infringement claim, Federal Circuit diverges from PTAB, and Grammar guides court’s patent interpretation. http://reising.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Newsletter-June-July.pdf
Newsletter Oct/Nov 2021 The Oct/Nov edition of our newsletter is now available. Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in this edition: “Copyright’s fair use defense” Copyright case involving iconic artists. “Targeted advertising is patent-ineligible” Court’s ruling reaffirmed that targeted advertising can’t be patented. “When is initial-interest confusion trademark infringement actionable?” and “Establishing actual […]
The State Bar of Michigan recently published an article written by Colin Cicotte titled “What is Eligible to be Patented?” in the IP issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. The article details the history and current state of patent subject matter eligibility as the patent system and courts wrestle with new forms of technological innovation.
Reising Shareholder Scott Hogan recently spoke to the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association about developments in functional claiming since the Federal Circuit’s 2015 en banc opinion in Williamson v. Citrix Online. His talk was based on an earlier article co-authored by fellow Reising attorney James Stevens Jr. and offered advice to patent practitioners on avoiding […]
The firm is proud to announce the addition of Yao Yao as a Senior Attorney. Yao is admitted to practice law in the United States as well as in China. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Shanghai University, as well as law degrees from Fordham Law School and Shanghai University. A […]
Newsletter April/May 2022. The April/May edition of our newsletter is now available. Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in this edition: “Labor law doesn’t control work-for-hire determination,” “Failures of ‘prior art’ undermine obviousness challenge to patent,” “Potential trademark injury not enough for federal jurisdiction” and “Federal Circuit limits disqualifying prior art for design […]
Shannon Smith attended an insightful program on Diversity in Innovation put on by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The program highlighted ways for companies to help promote diversity in the patent system.
Colin Cicotte has been appointed by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) to a three-year term on the Editorial Board of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. This year, the Journal celebrates its fiftieth year of publication. As an Editor, Colin reviews and edits articles relating to cutting-edge IP law issues submitted for publication.
Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) recently included Rick Hoffmann in its IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists. The list recognizes individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximize the value of IP portfolios.
Scott Hogan contributed an Expert Analysis Chapter to the 12th Edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide: Patents 2020, published by Global Legal Group Ltd. The chapter is entitled ‘The Ascension of the Abstract Idea Exception’ and takes the reader on a journey back in time to explore the origins of the abstract idea exception […]
Shannon Smith was a presenter at the American Inn of Court Judge’s Panel. Eastern District of Michigan Judges Terrence Berg, Robert Cleland, David Lawson, Laurie Michelson, Stephen Murphy, and Denise Page Hood all participated in the event.
Reising sponsored the 47th annual Intellectual Property Law Institute held at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island July 21st-23rd. The conference featured nationally recognized experts who spoke about critical updates on patent, trademark, and copyright law.
Reising elected a Management Committee in June that includes some new faces. The Shareholders elected Rick Hoffmann President, Corey M. Beaubien Vice President of Finance, Colin Cicotte Vice President of Personnel, Bill Kolakowski Vice President of Operations, and Shannon Smith Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Shannon Smith was voted the Second Vice President of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA). MIPLA is an association of intellectual property attorneys, patent agents, and law students from across the state of Michigan who promote intellectual property law education and are interested in issues related to patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights.
Newsletter August/September 2022. The August/September edition of our newsletter is now available. Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in this edition: “Isn’t it obvious? Presumption of obviousness knocks out patent,” “Patent’s on-sale bar drains damages,” “Package it up Bakery’s trade dress claim falls,” “AI works shut out from copyright protection” Click here to […]
As a Vice President of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA), Shannon Smith planned and coordinated this year’s Judges’ Banquet and Golf Outing at Wabeek Country Club, hosting a number of federal judges from the Eastern District of Michigan and a large number of IP professionals from the metro-Detroit area. Shannon won Women’s Closest […]
Rick Hoffmann successfully settled a patent dispute on behalf of Reising’s client in the Northern District of Indiana. A competitor sued our client for patent infringement and declaratory relief attempting to establish our client’s patent was not valid or infringed. In a related matter, Rick prevailed at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which […]
Rick Hoffmann, Matt Schmidt, Shannon Smith, and Jim Stevens were named Best Lawyers for 2022 by U.S. News and World Report. Shannon Smith was also named as a Best Lawyer for “Women in the Law” in its Business Edition.
The October/November 2022 edition of our newsletter is now available. Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in this edition: “Better late than never When tardiness bars trademark infringement claims,” “Copyright infringement ruling strikes a chord,” “Court revives patent case Descriptive terms weren’t “indefinite” after all,” “How “generic skepticism” affects the motivation to combine” […]
Reising Ethington was again a proud sponsor of the Women Rock Science event put on by the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Shannon Smith and Yao Yao attended the event. Proceeds from the event will help bring more STEAM programming to PreK-12 students in underserved communities throughout Michigan, including Detroit, Pontiac, Flint, Southfield, and others.
Reising Senior Attorney Yao Yao wasted no time obtaining her first patent for a client after becoming a registered attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) over the summer. Yao leveraged the USPTO’s Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program and conducted examiner interviews to obtain a Notice of Allowance for one of […]
On behalf of Law Enforcement Intelligent Devices (LEID), Steve Walmsley has obtained powerful patent protection for innovative weapon storage systems and pioneering identification tags for firearm accessory rails. Reising Ethington is proud to assist LEID as the innovation leader for secure weapon storage and tracking solutions for local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
Reising shareholders Colin Cicotte and Scott Hogan mentored Reising interns Alaina Norrito and Blake Schmidt over the summer. Alaina and Blake have continued with Reising into their fall semesters of law school, and both have shown great promise for the future of the firm. Reising’s internship program has produced seven of its eleven shareholders, and […]
The Year End 2022 edition of our Newsletter is now available. Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in this edition: “Typo spells the end of patent challenge,” “Silence isn’t always golden,” “Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,” “PTO makes genericness refusals for marks more likely” Newsletter Year End 2022