March 2015

  • No Michigan Firm Has Done It Longer Than Reising Ethington! This year marks the 150th anniversary of the firm solely practicing intellectual property law. Throughout its history, the firm has helped some of the most recognizable names in invention, people whose creativity has changed the world — Henry Ford, Ranson Olds, David Buick, and Mike Ilitch. The history of our firm is more than dates and names to us, it is our heritage. It is the continuous overlap of careers of hundreds of professionals who have passed down the patent craft from generation to generation for 150 years.
  • We are pleased to announce that Shelly Hokenstad has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Hokenstad’s expertise includes helping clients obtain, protect, and litigate all aspects of their intellectual property across a wide range of technologies including medical devices, cellular, fuel cell systems, collision preparation systems, autonomous driving systems, adaptive cruise control systems, lane-keeping systems, and human machine interfaces. Hokenstad received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center.
  • Matt Schmidt successfully cancelled a trademark registration in China, paving the way for the client’s application to register in China. Mr. Schmidt has succeeded in cancellation proceedings in many countries around world.
  • Steven Permut was a featured speaker at the International Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA) conference held in Dubai, UAE, during January 5–6, 2015. Mr. Permut moderated a panel discussion entitled IP for Technology Focused Entities in Different Parts of the World.
  • Colin Cicotte, Corey Beaubien, George Grove and Steve Walmsley attended Bryan Garner’s Advanced Legal Writing and Editing course. Garner is the leading authority on good legal writing — the kind that is simple, direct, and reader-centric. This is just one example of how our attorneys update their skills to serve clients better.