February 2016

  • We are pleased to announce that Stefan Osterbur has joined our firm as Of Counsel. Osterbur comes to Reising from Fishman Steward Yamaguchi PLLC (formerly Rader, Fishman, & Grauer PLLC) where he was a Partner. His experience includes patent prosecution and portfolio management, infringement and clearance issues analysis, and IP transactions. Osterbur earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor degree in electrical & computer engineering from Kettering University in Flint, (formerly GMI), and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School, cum laude.
  • 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 named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Thirty practitioners were selected for the class of 2015 and were featured in a special edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
  • Dan Hegner is the Planning Committee Chairperson of World IP Day Detroit 2016. He has contributed to the event since its inception in Detroit in 2013. World IP Day raises awareness about how patents, trademarks, copyrights, and industrial designs impact daily life, while celebrating the contributions of innovators around the globe. The Planning Committee will be hosting a free event to the public in late April in the metro-Detroit region. The event will include speakers and presentations on the topic of entrepreneurship and digital creativity.
  • 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 organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, a trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, and by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA).