August 2015

  • The Detroit Legal News published a notice about our firm’s 150th anniversary in 2015.
  • 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 a well-known general practice law firm with offices in Washington, DC.
  • David Simonelli published an article on LinkedIn regarding a set of claims that were rejected by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) because “the claims are directed to the abstract idea of tracking two moving objects, and incorporate laws of nature governing motion, both of which are ineligible for patent protection.” Mr. Simonelli also attended a trademark law discussion led by Ms. Mary Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Topics included new procedures at the USPTO and helpful tips for smoother trademark prosecution.
  • 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 by the Williamson court. Under the new standard, patent claims that rely heavily on functional language are more likely to receive means-plus-function treatment, which can undesirably limit claim coverage.
  • 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.
  • Dan Hegner attended a three-and-a-half day seminar hosted by Patent Resources Group (PRG). The seminar included PRG’s “Crafting and Drafting Winning Patents” course about preparing and prosecuting patent applications amidst the shifting legal doctrines of present day patent law. Mr. Hegner also attended a course pertaining to decisions of the Court of Customs & Patent Appeals (CCPA) and §103 Obviousness and observations regarding how those CCPA cases are relied upon by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in modern decisions.
  • Shannon Smith passed the patent bar examination and is now registered to practice in patent cases before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • James Stevens Jr. completed his first year of law school at the University of Detroit-Mercy (UDM) School of Law. He currently ranks 1st in his class and has joined the UDM Law Review.
  • 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 mergers and acquisitions. Several Reising attorneys attended the event.