June 2017

  • Matthew J. Schmidt managed the invalidity and infringement appeals for a client before the newly created Patent and Market Court of Appeal in Stockholm, Sweden. This is believed to be one of the first patent cases before the specialized appellate court which came into existence on September 1, 2016 and is charged with handling all patent related appeals from the Stockholm District Court. Matt and his client were seeking to maintain the successful outcome achieved in the district court proceeding.
  • Rick W. Hoffmann was recently interviewed for Lawyer Monthly Magazine. In the interview, Rick discussed various topics relating to both patent prosecution and litigation, and provided insight and tips for becoming a top-notch lawyer. Rick also discussed developments in IP law that he would like to see in the future.
  • E. Colin Cicotte attended the State Bar of Michigan’s annual Spring Intellectual Property Conference. The conference included national speakers and officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and included topics of discussion ranging from recent case law to rule changes at the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and conflicts of interest in patent practice.
  • Reising intern James D. Stevens Jr. graduated at the top of his class from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. James will be taking the Michigan Bar exam in the summer of 2017.
  • After shelving the proposed legislation for a couple of years, Congress has reintroduced the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act of 2017. This legislation would amend 35 USC §271 and, if enacted, would drastically shorten the term of design patent protection for replacement exterior car parts – e.g., hoods, fenders, tail lights, side mirrors – from 15 years to 30 months from the date on which a part is first offered for sale to the public. The PARTS Act, as currently proposed, would have retroactive effect and apply to issued design patents, as well as new design patent applications.
  • Reising is excited to announce that it recently upgraded all of its major computer systems, including its docketing, billing, and document management systems. This upgrade will allow the firm to continue to provide the first-class service it is known for in an even more efficient manner.