July 2017

  • 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 a proud sponsor of the event for a second year, continuing a rich history of support and partnership in the automotive industry. Reising shareholders E. Colin Cicotte, Matthew J. Schmidt, and James D. Stevens attended the conference.
  • 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 twenty years, is a training program for new attorneys that provides comprehensive training in all aspects of patent prosecution useful for new practitioners and students, as well as seasoned professionals. This year’s Boot Camp will be held this fall in Denver, Colorado in association with the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office.
  • 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 U.S. design patent litigation.
  • 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 changes to the rules of practice before the TTAB, as well as the impact the recent Supreme Court decision in B & B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. may have on the TTAB rule changes. Reising sponsored the conference, and Reising attorneys Corey M. Beaubien, E. Colin Cicotte, Jeffrey L. Doyle, Shannon K. Smith, James D. Stevens, Steve B. Walmsley and Melinda D. Zatkoff attended.
  • 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) and the new standard of invocation of this paragraph under the Federal Circuit case Williamson v. Citrix Online. The paper provides a synthesis of recent case law on this issue and proposes certain approaches to take as to mitigate any negative effects of this new standard, particularly with respect to the use of “nonce” words.
  • 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.