Wednesday, August 23, 2017

USPTO Patent Eligibility Report - Attorneys Want More


K. Lance Anderson (Member, Austin) was quoted extensively on July 28th in the Intellectual Property: Law360 e-magazine article titled, USPTO Patent Eligibility Report Leaves Attys Wanting More. The article discusses a recent report by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office detailing comments it has received about the contentious issue of patent eligibility left attorneys feeling that the office could be taking a more active role in developing eligibility standards rather than rehashing case law and the views of major industries.

K. Lance Anderson has extensive experience preparing and negotiating technology and intellectual property-focused transactions, as well as technology aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other complex commercial transactions. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Anderson also conducts patent prosecution, due diligence for licensing, and acquisitions, technology agreements, strategic planning, patent prosecution, trade secrets, employment mobility, and related operational legal issues. Please contact Mr. Anderson in the Austin office at 512-770-4207.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Best Practices for Coordinating With Customs


Jennifer Ko Craft (Member, Las Vegas) has written an article for the Nevada Lawyer Magazine (August 2017 edition) titled, Best Practices For Coordinating With Customs.  The article covers a variety of topics as well as stopping the infringement of clients trademark and copyright rights at the border. Please read the article on pages 24 – 26.

Ms. Craft is an “AV/Preeminent Attorney®” as rated by Martindale-Hubbell® member in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Media, Sports & Entertainment Departments. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic and international trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and enforcement. Ms. Craft consults with clients in identifying various protectable aspects of the clients’ products, services and concepts, and in developing and managing their intellectual property portfolios. She also resolves trademark, copyright, and domain name disputes, including the resolution of disputes over contested trademarks before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and enforcing clients’ intellectual property rights on the Internet.  Please contact Jennifer in the Las Vegas office at 702-550-4441.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

IP Litigation Blog Highlights Daniel Quick, Practice Department Manager

Our attorney Spotlight for this month’s IP Litigation blog is Daniel D. Quick (Member and Practice Department Manager: Commercial Litigation, Antitrust & Trade Regulation and ADR) in Troy. 

Dan Quick is the practice department manager for the Firm’s Canadian and U.S. Commercial litigation practice.  His practice regularly deals with intellectual property matters, and he is former chair of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Litigation committee and has been recognized as an IP All Star.  

Mr. Quick has handled a number of matters involving Copyright, IP & Entertainment Litigation.  As lead counsel for Universal Music Group and related entities and associated artists (including Lady Gaga, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige and Dr. Dre), Mr. Quick has prevailed in copyright claims, commercial disputes and defamation actions in Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Victories include dismissal of copyright infringement action and an award of over $500,000 in sanctions for “campaign of fraud” committed by plaintiffs and their counsel.  Mr. Quick also successfully prevailed on a motion for Motown-era songwriters against a major label in dispute regarding copyright recapture and assignment of songwriter agreements, resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement.  Mr. Quick was the counsel for Apple and Universal Music in a Michigan trial involving claims by Eminem copyright holders over royalties from iTunes downloads. And for Harley-Davidson, Mr. Quick defeated a plaintiff's claim for violation of right of publicity based upon alleged use of his likeness on a product. 

Mr. Quick also regularly litigates trade secret disputes and has written extensively on the topic.  Dan has successfully litigated numerous trade secret matters, including litigation against former employees in a two week federal court trial and the defense of the company and its top executive against claims by a former employer in the landmark case that established the "inevitable disclosure" doctrine in Michigan.  Mr. Quick is the author of Michigan Business Torts (the leading Michigan treatise) and the national Bloomberg BNA portfolio on Trade Secret litigation.
 

For a full and comprehensive review of Mr. Quick’s accomplishments, please click here. Mr. Quick may be reached in our Troy office at 248-433-7242.

Monday, August 14, 2017

IP News You Can Use: Case Trends and Day-to-Day Practical Advice Seminar

John Desmond (Member, Reno) and Jennifer Ko Craft (Member, Las Vegas) will discuss the latest news and top legal trends for recent IP-related litigation and what it means for business. They will also discuss the practical day-to-day ways to protect a company's IP assets, avoid legal pitfalls, and managing expenses while protecting IP assets.

Please make sure you register today for the seminar that takes place at the Dickinson Wright office in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, August 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The address is: 100 West Liberty, Suite 940, Reno, NV, 89501.

John P. Desmond is a member in the firm’s Reno office. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and appellate work. He regularly represents and counsels clients in commercial and business litigation matters involving contract disputes, buy/sell agreements and disputes over intellectual property. He has also represented physician groups in regard to compliance and contractual matters. His representation of clients includes a significant number of matters before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 
 
Ms. Craft is an “AV/Preeminent Attorney®” as rated by Martindale-Hubbell® member in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Media, Sports & Entertainment Departments. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic and international trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and enforcement. Ms. Craft consults with clients in identifying various protectable aspects of the clients’ products, services and concepts, and in developing and managing their intellectual property portfolios. She also resolves trademark, copyright, and domain name disputes, including the resolution of disputes over contested trademarks before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and enforcing clients’ intellectual property rights on the Internet.


Monday, August 7, 2017

John Blattner Featured on Small Talk with Mark S. Lee

By: John Blattner

John Blattner (Member, Ann Arbor) was recently featured on “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee” a weekly broadcast about entrepreneurship on Radio AM 1270 in Detroit, Michigan. 

John discussed issues faced by businesses in establishing and protecting brand identity and brand equity, including avoiding infringing other businesses’ trademarks and proactively protecting your own trademarks, as well a prominent recent cases regarding the Washington Redskins and the well-known Shinola brand. 

To listen to the podcast (John’s interview begins at the 32 minute mark), please click here.



Mr. Blattner's practice specializes in brand creation and protection law, including trademark counseling, clearance, registration, and enforcement. His pre-legal career in publishing, marketing, and nonprofit development enables him to bring real-world business experience into his practice, which includes U.S. clients doing business abroad, as well as global clients doing business in the United States. John also assists clients with copyright, internet, licensing, First Amendment, and antitrust matters.
His experience in IP enforcement includes trademark, copyright, patent, and antitrust litigation in state and federal courts; appellate litigation in state and federal courts of appeals, including the Federal Circuit; and opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Please contact John in our Ann Arbor office at 734-623-1698.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Jennifer Ko Craft (Member, Las Vegas) authored an article titled “Stopping Infringement Before It Happens"

Jennifer Ko Craft (Member, Las Vegas) authored an article titled “Stopping Infringement Before It Happens,” published in the Best Lawyers Summer Business Edition magazine.  The article discusses how you can stop the infringement of your client’s trademarks and copyrights before it happens by utilizing the enforcement arm of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. 


Ms. Craft is an “AV/Preeminent Attorney®” as rated by Martindale-Hubbell® member in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Media, Sports & Entertainment Departments. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic and international trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and enforcement. Ms. Craft consults with clients in identifying various protectable aspects of the clients’ products, services and concepts, and in developing and managing their intellectual property portfolios. She also resolves trademark, copyright, and domain name disputes, including the resolution of disputes over contested trademarks before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and enforcing clients’ intellectual property rights on the Internet. She may be reached in our Las Vegas office at 702-550-4441.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jennifer Ko Craft (Member, Las Vegas) was quoted in Law.com for the article titled, “Slants' High Court Win Opens the Gate for 'Offensive' Trademark Bids”.

Jennifer Ko Craft (Member, Las Vegas) was quoted in Law.com for the article titled, “Slants' High Court Win Opens the Gate for 'Offensive' Trademark Bids”.  When the U.S. Supreme Court this week gave a green light to a rock band composed of Asian-American musicians that wanted to use the name “The Slants,” it struck down a portion of the 71-year-old Lanham Act that bars disparaging trademarks. 

“Last year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office commissioner issued a directive that all new applications denied solely based on Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act be suspended,” noted Jennifer Ko Craft, a trademark specialist and partner at Dickinson Wright in Las Vegas.  “That means not only will the decision in In re Tam help applicants who have been denied registration based on disparagement, but also applicants who have been denied registration based on their mark being immoral or scandalous, depending on what the Federal Circuit decides in In re Brunetti” she said.


Ms. Craft is an “AV/Preeminent Attorney®” as rated by Martindale-Hubbell® member in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Media, Sports & Entertainment Departments. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic and international trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and enforcement. Ms. Craft consults with clients in identifying various protectable aspects of the clients’ products, services and concepts, and in developing and managing their intellectual property portfolios. She also resolves trademark, copyright, and domain name disputes, including the resolution of disputes over contested trademarks before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and enforcing clients’ intellectual property rights on the Internet. Ms. Craft may be reached in our Las Vegas office at 702-550-4441.