June 2016

  • We are pleased to announce that Henriett A. Strebe has joined Reising as our Office Manager. Henriett comes to Reising from Berry Moorman P.C. where she was Director of Administration. Her experience includes HR management, finance, operations and legal records management (Butzel Long). Henriett earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management degree both from Walsh College in Troy.
  • Matt J. Schmidt, Rick W. Hoffmann, and Michael C. Adams managed the defense of our client against an accusation of patent infringement in Sweden, and successfully invalidated the patent during trial. The products involved were digital ignition systems for small engines, and the invalidating prior art was uncovered by Reising. The court awarded attorney fees to our client.
  • Corey M. Beaubien was a speaker on a panel for the conference IP in the Auto Industry held at the Ford Motor Company Conference Center in May. Beaubien's panel discussed spare parts and the after-market, and particularly how design patents have proved an effective tool to protect replacement exterior car parts. Joining him on the panel were attorneys from General Motors and Ford. Reising was a proud sponsor of the event, continuing a rich history of support and partnership in the automotive industry. Reising attorneys E. Colin Cicotte, William H. Francis, Shelly L. Hokenstad, Steve L. Permut, and Jim D. Stevens attended the conference.
  • Dan E. Hegner was elected and now serves as the 1st Vice President of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA). In this role, Hegner will be assisting MIPLA's President and selecting speakers for MIPLA's educational luncheons. Hegner previously served as 2nd Vice President and Attendance Chair for MIPLA.
  • Reising was a proud sponsor of Crain's General & In-House Counsel Summit in May at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. More than 200 attendees joined to honor top corporate attorneys from across Michigan, including counsel at Denso, Key Safety Systems, Spartannash, and AF Group. Reising attorneys Corey M. Beaubien, William H. Francis, Dan E. Hegner, and Steve L. Permut attended several of the educational breakout sessions covering topics that included corporate compliance and government regulations.
  • Colleen N. Shovlin and Shannon K. Smith attended the 9th annual AIPLA Women in IP Networking Global Event in April. The event is a meeting of women located around the globe who practice IP law. On the day of the event, women gathered in groups in multiple geographic locations (55 locations in 21 countries) and were joined together via a teleconference.
  • The U.S. Patent Office issued its first design patent from an international Hague application on April 26, 2016 as U.S. patent no. D754,922. The patent is titled "Cosmetics Applicator" and the applicant is the German company Schwan-Stabilo Cosmetics GmbH & Co. The Hague Agreement went into effect in the U.S. in May of 2015.
  • The Defend Trade Secrets Act was passed by Congress and quickly signed into law by President Obama in May. Among its many provisions, the Act gives trade secret owners the same access to federal courts long enjoyed by the holders of other types of intellectual property. Most commentators agree that the Act will serve to strengthen U.S. trade secret protection for companies and innovators.