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.