October 2016

  • Reising attorneys James D. Stevens, Richard W. Hoffmann, Michael J. Druzinski, and Scott A. Hogan were named to Super Lawyers 2016 list of Top Lawyers.
  • Corey M. Beaubien and Jeffrey L. Doyle co-authored an article “At the Intersection of U.S. Patent Laws and Autonomous Vehicles: A Look at Patent Eligibility and Claim Indefiniteness.” The article was published as a General Chapter in the 7th edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents, published by Global Legal Group Ltd., London. In the article, the authors review the patent eligibility and claim indefiniteness challenges patent applicants and owner could encounter with autonomous vehicle technologies.
  • Corey M. Beaubien attended the 10th Annual USPTO Design Day in Alexandria, VA. Attendees included folks from the Patent Office, design professionals, corporations, and practitioners. Among topics of covered, speakers discussed international developments in design patent law, updates on the Hague implementation, best practices for design patent prosecution, and the upcoming Supreme Court case Apple v. Samsung.
  • James D. Stevens recently began his twelfth year as an intellectual property adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. James is teaching a course on patent law in the Fall 2016 semester.
  • Melinda D. Zatkoff was a panelist for the University of Michigan’s WISE: Transitions to the Workplace Conference. The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program is designed to promote careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to women. During the conference, Melinda advised students and recent graduates on the potential challenges many face when adjusting to life as a young professional. Zatkoff also discussed how to manage workplace conflicts, network, and build an expertise for a successful career. The University of Michigan and Praxair sponsored the conference.
  • Steven L. Permut attended a State Bar of Michigan presentation on “Profiting from the Holocaust: Legal and Ethical Controversies over Nazi Art Looting.” Topics such as how American museums ended up with many such pieces of art were discussed. Recent popular movies such as The Monuments Men and Woman in Gold have raised this topic of replevin and conversion of art to the general public’s awareness.
  • Matthew J. Schmidt served as a committee chairperson for the United States Golf Association’s 116th U.S. Amateur Championship. The event was held at Oakland Hills Country Club in August and featured 312 of the world’s best amateur golfers.
  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office launched the Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) Program. The program provides another option for after-final office action practice through which the applicant can make an oral presentation to a panel of examiners. The program combines elements of the pre-appeal conference and After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) 2.0 program (but does not replace them). The program is set to run until January 2017 or when 1,600 requests have been accepted into the Pilot, whichever comes first.