October 2015

  • The Oakland Press published a notice about our firm’s 150th anniversary in 2015.
  • Steve Walmsley is now a member of the National Editorial Board (NEB) for the newsletter Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. Published by Thomson Reuters, the newsletter covers hot topics in patent, trademark, copyright, and other areas of intellectual property law.
  • In April, Reising Ethington sponsored this year’s World Intellectual Property (IP) Day event at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Dan Hegner, Keyuna Evans, and Anthony Gartrelle participated on the planning committee and officiated at the event. Detroit and other cities around the world offered information about protecting rights in music. Detroit’s event included a number of notable speakers, including Howard Hertz and Ralph Armstrong.
  • Corey Beaubien and Scott Hogan co-authored an article "Making Sense of Non(ce)sense—Seeking Broad Claim Coverage and Avoiding Unwanted Means-Plus-Function Treatment." Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal published the article in May. The article looks at two recent Federal Circuit decisions concerning means-plus-function treatment when a claim lacks the traditional means-for phrasing. Shortly after the publication, Beaubien and Hogan provided commentary about software means-plus-function limitations in a news article in BNA's Journal covering the Federal Circuit case Eon Corp. IP Holding LLC v. AT&T Mobility LLC.
  • If the pendency of a patent application is problematic, consider filing a Request for Prioritized Examination. By paying a fee required for such requests, an applicant does not have to give a reason for the expedited prosecution. With Requests for Prioritized Examination and engaging the examiner throughout prosecution, David Simonelli was able to have a utility patent issue in just over six months from its filing date. And a divisional patent application received a Notice of Allowance in less than seven months from its priority date.
  • Matt Schmidt won an appeal for a client on a patent application that was transferred to Schmidt from another law firm. The patent application covered one of the client's important product lines. The U.S. Patent Office dropped the appeal, and the patent application was allowed before the appeal made its way to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • A team including ten Reising attorneys, interns, and staff participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Detroit on Saturday May 16th. The team, cleverly dubbed "Reising to the Occasion," raised over $1,500 in donations for the charity.