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.
  • 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 relating to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), covering the new novelty provisions and post grant proceedings, as well as the new federal Defend Trade Secrets Act and dozens of significant Supreme Court and other precedential judicial opinions, all of which have had a tremendous impact on U.S. intellectual property law.
  • 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 the Diversity Committee, and is co-chairing the PTAB Bar Association mentorship program.
  • Eric T. Jones and Richard W. Hoffmann recently successfully negotiated a settlement in a patent and trademark infringement case for a medical device company.
  • 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.
  • New Arrivals! Reising attorneys Mike Druzinski, Shannon Smith, Melinda Zatkoff, and Corey Beaubien all recently welcomed new arrivals into their families. Mike and his wife Jessica welcomed a daughter, Natalie Monroe Druzinski. Shannon and her husband Frank welcomed a son, Brock Murphy Smith. Melinda and her husband Justin also welcomed a son, Henry Sean Zatkoff. And Corey and his wife Jasmine welcomed a daughter, Millen Kaur Beaubien.