June 2017

  • 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 patent related appeals from the Stockholm District Court. Matt and his client were seeking to maintain the successful outcome achieved in the district court proceeding.
  • 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.
  • 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 Secrets Act, and conflicts of interest in patent practice.
  • 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 mirrors – from 15 years to 30 months from the date on which a part is first offered for sale to the public. The PARTS Act, as currently proposed, would have retroactive effect and apply to issued design patents, as well as new design patent applications.
  • 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.
  • March 2017

  • 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 method patents post-Limelight/Akamai, and specifically, multi-step method claims and the divided infringement issues they may present. Reising attorneys James D. Stevens, Corey M. Beaubien, E. Colin Cicotte, Jeffrey L. Doyle, and Stefan D. Osterbur attended the conference.
  • 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 Dual Canadian and American juris doctor programs more meaningful and relevant.
  • Reising interns Anthony Gartrelle and Adam Rose recently completed their undergraduate coursework in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, respectively, at Kettering University. Both Anthony and Adam have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and anticipate starting law school in the fall of 2017.
  • 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 DCosta is the firm’s new Foreign Filing Administrator. Marina comes to us with over 10 years of foreign filing experience.
  • February 2017

  • 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 personnel and patent attorneys for companies and from firms.