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Alums and Faculty Attend 40th Annual State Bar IP Summer Institute

Cooley IP Program faculty and alums gather at the Grand Hotel during the IPLS 2014 Summer IP Institute on Mackinac Island. (Front row: Adjunct Prof. Kristin Murphy (Brooks Kushman); Adjunct Prof. Tanya Garrett; Sara Haas (McGarry Bair); Advisory Committee Member Lisabeth Coakley (Harness, Dickey & Pierce). Back Row: Joseph Pytel (Harness Dickey & Pierce); Franklin Smith (Dickinson Wright); Stephani Fleming (Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs); James Kallis (Brooks Kushman); James Chan (Delphi Corporation); Prof. David Berry; Kiyoshi Kozu (Harness, Dickey & Pierce); Garrick Lankford (Botkin & Hall); Sadeer Farjo (Nutt & Assoc.); Ryan McCleary (Young & Basile); Paul Engel (Howard & Howard); Scott McBain (Cantor Colburn); Prof. Gerald Tschura.

Cooley IP Program faculty and alums gather at the Grand Hotel during the IPLS 2014 Summer IP Institute on Mackinac Island. (Front row: Adjunct Prof. Kristin Murphy (Brooks Kushman); Adjunct Prof. Tanya Garrett; Sara Haas (McGarry Bair); Advisory Committee Member Lisabeth Coakley (Harness, Dickey & Pierce). Back Row: Joseph Pytel (Harness Dickey & Pierce); Franklin Smith (Dickinson Wright); Stephani Fleming (Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs); James Kallis (Brooks Kushman); James Chan (Delphi Corporation); Prof. David Berry; Kiyoshi Kozu (Harness, Dickey & Pierce); Garrick Lankford (Botkin & Hall); Sadeer Farjo (Nutt & Assoc.); Ryan McCleary (Young & Basile); Paul Engel (Howard & Howard); Scott McBain (Cantor Colburn); Prof. Gerald Tschura.

On July 18-19, 2014, the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section ("IPLS") presented its 40th Annual Summer IP Institute program at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Prof. David C. Berry and Prof. Gerald T. Tschura, directors of Cooley's Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law attended, as did many Cooley alumni specializing in IP law. Prof. Berry moderated a panel on IP litigation, which included Chief Judge Gerald Rosen from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and District Judge Robert Holmes Bell from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Prof. Berry also was elected IPLS Secretary/Treasurer for 2014-2015. Adjunct Prof. Kristin Murphy and IP program advisory committee member Lisabeth Coakley were elected to three-year terms on the IPLS council.

Cooley Hosts USPTO Officials, PTAB Judges At April Roundtable Program

Cooley Hosts USPTO Officials, PTAB Judges At April Roundtable ProgramOn April 24, 2014, Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills Campus hosted a public roundtable presented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The program featured panels discussing new proceedings before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including procedures for inter partes review proceedings under the America Invents Act. Speakers included James Donald Smith, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, and USPTO and Janet Gongola, USPTO Special Advisor.

In addition to Chief Judge Smith and Ms. Gongola, presenters included PTAB Administrative Patent Judges Jennifer S. Bisk, David C. McKone, Michelle Osinski, and Miriam L. Quinn. A panel of practitioners familiar with new PTAB proceedings discussed how to advise clients. The practitioner panel included Jon H. Beaupre (Brinks Gilson & Lione, Ann Arbor); Brad D. Pedersen (Patterson Thuente Pedersen, P.A., Minneapolis), Kara F. Stoll (Finnegan Henderson, Washington DC), W. Karl Renner (Fish & Richardson, Washington, DC).

The program was one of eight regional roundtable programs presented by the USPTO this spring, including programs in Alexandria Virginia, New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Denver, and Dallas. The Auburn Hills program was attended by approximately 100 patent practitioners. Following the program, the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section hosted a reception for the presenters and attendees in the Cooley Law Library.


Professor Berry Joins National Patent Pro Bono Advisory Council

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), signed into law by President Obama in September 2011, directed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to "work with and support intellectual property law associations across the country in the establishment of pro bono programs designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses.” To that end, the USPTO has worked closely with several IP organizations to create a framework for implementing a national network of regional patent pro bono organizations.

Prof. David C. Berry signed the inaugural AIA Pro Bono Advisory Council Charter on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section.
Prof. David C. Berry signed the inaugural AIA
Pro Bono Advisory Council Charter on behalf
of the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual
Property Law Section.

The USPTO projects that by the end of 2014, as many as 47 states will have pro bono programs to assist inventors and small businesses. In order to better coordinate this effort, an AIA Pro Bono Advisory Council was been formed to assist existing programs and offer assistance to new programs so that they operate under a central framework for pro bono. The Advisory Council includes representatives of existing and potential regional pro bono programs, national and regional IP law associations, law schools with IP programs, and nonprofit.

On October 25, 2013, at the invitation of Chief Judge Randall Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Prof. David C. Berry signed the inaugural AIA Pro Bono Advisory Council Charter on behalf of the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section. The signing ceremony was held at the Federal Circuit courthouse in Washington. Speakers included Chief Judge Rader, former USPTO Director David Kappos, and then-Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea. IPLS Council Member David C. Berry signed the charter on behalf of the IPLS, and became a founding member of the Advisory Council.


Cooley IP Law Celebrates Successful First Year of Michigan IP Inn of Court

On May 22, 2013, Cooley Law School IP faculty, students, and alumni attended the inaugural annual dinner of the Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. The Michigan IP Inn, part of the Linn Inn Alliance of chapters nationwide focusing on intellectual property law and practice, was launched in 2012 to serve to encourage lawyers and judges to rise to higher levels of excellence, professionalism, and ethical awareness. Professors David C. Berry and Gerald T. Tschura are founding masters of the Inn. 

Several Cooley students, alumni, and adjunct faculty are active members of the Inn, including (L to R) Bejeir Brooks, Prof. Tschura, Desireah Kuhn, alumnus Daniel Aleksynas (Dobrusin Law Firm), alumna Jennifer Hetu (Honigman), Dennis Kent, and Prof. Berry. (Photo by Stephen Gmeiner).

Several Cooley students, alumni, and adjunct faculty are active members of the Inn, including (L to R) Bejeir Brooks, Prof. Tschura, Desireah Kuhn, alumnus Daniel Aleksynas (Dobrusin Law Firm), alumna Jennifer Hetu (Honigman), Dennis Kent, and Prof. Berry. (Photo by Stephen Gmeiner).

2013 Michigan Innovation and IP Legal Writing Competition

The State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property Section and the Cooley Law School Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law are co-sponsoring the Michigan Innovation and IP Legal Writing Competition

The Competition will recognize outstanding student legal scholarship in the fields of innovation law, intellectual property law, and related subjects. This is the third year that the IPLS and Cooley have presented the competition.

Students enrolled in J.D. degree programs at any ABA-accredited Michigan law school during the period May 1, 2012 to May 1, 2013 are eligible to enter the competition. Download the IP Legal Writing Competition announcement (pdf) describing the Competition Rules, prizes, and entry deadline.

The deadline for submitting papers is May 15, 2013.

Intellectual property is a rapidly evolving field of law, including subjects such as patent, copyright, trade secrets, trademark and unfair competition law, and licensing and related IP transactions. Intellectual property plays an important role in the economic expansion of the Michigan economy. The Competition encourages law students to explore these issues in their competition submissions.

For more information, please contact Anna Budde, State Bar IPLS Chair, at abudde@quinnlawgroup.com or Prof. David C. Berry at berryd@cooley.edu.


Gerald T. Tschura, Graduate Program

Gerald T. Tschura, Graduate Program
IP Law Director, Lecturer for INTA Academic Program

May 4-5, 2013 - Gerald T. Tschura, Professor and Director, Graduate Program IP Law was a lecturer at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Academic Course on International Trademark Law, held in Dallas, Texas in conjunction with the INTA Annual Meeting. The program is presented annually by the INTA Academic Committee to train trademark practitioners from around the world on comparative trademark laws and international protection issues.


Second Annual Michigan Innovation and IP Legal Writing Competition

The State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property Section and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law are pleased to announce the Second Annual Michigan Innovation and IP Legal Writing Competition. The Competition will recognize outstanding student legal scholarship in the fields of innovation law, intellectual property law, and related subjects. Prizes include cash awards for first, second and third place submission, plus publication in the Section's IPLS Proceedings journal. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2012.

The Competition is open to students at any law school in the State of Michigan. Download the IP Legal Writing Competition announcement (pdf)describing the Competition Rules, prizes, and entry deadline. For more information, please contact Prof. David C. Berry, IPLS Council Member, at berryd@cooley.edu or Anna M. Budde, IPLS Vice-Chair, at abudde@hdp.com.


IP Law Now Available Online 

June 22, 2011 - The Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law may now, in addition to the traditional live classroom setting, also be obtained entirely online.

Students may now choose to attend classes in one or all of the following ways; (1) live, (2) through video conferencing at one of our branch campuses, (3) synchronously online, or (4) any combination that accommodates the student's schedule and preferences.

Through the use of innovative technology, classes are delivered to your location in real-time, using fully interactive video and audio through a synchronous web-based platform. 


International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting

Professors David C. Berry and Gerald Tschura in addition to the Graduate Program Director, Catherine McCollum, attended the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco on May 15th through May 18th, 2011. Cooley hosted an exhibition booth to showcase our LL.M. Programs in Intellectual Property Law and U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Attorneys. While at the conference, Professor Tschura taught a class in International Trademark Law to young practitioners and Professor Berry organized and moderated two sessions at the second annual INTA Trademark Scholarship Symposium.

Pictured (left to right) Jennifer Hetu, Prof. Gerald Tschura, Julie Kretzschmer, Prof. David C. Berry. Ms. Hetu and Ms. Kretzschmer are Cooley JD alumni.
Pictured (left to right) Jennifer Hetu, Prof. Gerald Tschura, Julie Kretzschmer, Prof. David C. Berry. Ms. Hetu and Ms. Kretzschmer are Cooley JD alumni.


Prof. Gerald Tschura and Gary Donohue (General Motors). Mr. Donohue is a Cooley LL.M. alumni.Prof. Gerald Tschura and Gary Donohue (General Motors). Mr. Donohue is a Cooley LL.M. alumni.


Prof. David C. Berry and Melanie Frazier. Ms. Frazier is a Cooley LL.M. alumni.Prof. David C. Berry and Melanie Frazier. Ms. Frazier is a Cooley LL.M. alumni.



2011 Distinguished Lecture in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law

The Thomas M. Cooley Law School Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law announces that William J. Coughlin will present its 2011 Distinguished Lecture in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law. 

Mr. Coughlin is President and CEO, Ford Global Technologies, LLC. a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company responsible for managing all intellectual property matters of Ford across all brands on a global basis. Coughlin will deliver a lecture entitled "Innovation and Patents: Keeping the 'Fire of Genius' Burning Through the Next Decade." The program will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 with a registration at 5:30 p.m., lecture at 6:00 p.m. at the Cooley Law School Auburn Hills Campus, 2630 Featherstone Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326.

The program is FREE to the public. A reception will follow. RSVP by March 7, 2011 to Vanessa Ramakers, ramakerv@cooley.edu.

"IP and innovation are absolutely critical to the region’s economic future," said Professor David C. Berry, Director of Cooley Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law. "The Cooley Distinguished Lecture in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law showcases the views of leaders in those fields and explores how technological innovation can spur business development and economic renewal."

Coughlin received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law. Before joining Ford, he was President of DaimlerChrysler Intellectual Capital Corporation and the Director of IP-Legal for DaimlerChrysler worldwide. Prior to this corporate experience, Mr. Coughlin was a Principal at Harness, Dickey & Pierce P.L.C. He is a member of the Board of Directors, Intellectual Property Owners Association and an Adjunct Professor in Cooley’s Graduate IP Program.


Michigan Innovation and IP Legal Writing Competition (pdf)

The State Bar of Michigan and Cooley Grad Program announce the competition is open to students at any law school in Michigan. See Rules, prizes, and entry deadline.


Prof. Berry To Lead "Talk Back" At Riverwalk Theatre's Production Of "The Farnsworth Invention"

Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre will be presenting the play "The Farnsworth Invention" on Oct. 21-31, 2010. The play, written by Aaron Sorkin (a creator of the seriesWest Wing and writer of the screenplay for the hit movie The Social Network) depicts the battle for legal control of perhaps the most significant invention of the 20th Century – Television.

Prof. David Berry, who teaches Patent Law and Patent Litigation at Cooley's Auburn Hills Campus, will lead the audience in a "talk back" discussion of the play on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. Tickets are available online atRiverwalk Theatre or call 517-482-5700.


Cooley Graduate IP Program and ABA Co-Sponsor Patent Research Project

The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, Special Committee on Patent Analysis and Opinions of Counsel Post-Seagate, and Cooley's Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law are conducting a joint research project investigating how organizations respond to patent infringement risks. The purpose of the research project is to collect data from persons with recent experience evaluating whether or not an organization’s current or planned activities create a risk of patent infringement, and deciding how to best respond to that risk.

The Survey: Designed for in-house counsel or persons who recently have served as in-house counsel.

The survey is not limited to members of the ABA or the Section of Litigation. Feel free to forward this invitation to clients or colleagues who may be interested in participating.


Cooley To Host Program On Copyright Fair Use In Ann Arbor

The State Bar Of Michigan, Arts, Communications, Entertainment And Sports Section will be presenting a program entitled "The Harry Potter Lexicon Case - Pushing The Limits Of Fair Use" on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Ann Arbor Campus, 3475 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105. The program is sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford Library and Cooley Law School. Registration is $25 per person, and includes lunch and a reception following the program.

To RSVP by Nov. 6, 2010, or for more information, contact Matthew W. Bower, at mbower@saffordbaker.com or (248) 646-9100 ext. 17.


Michigan Intellectual Property Law AssociationProf. Berry To Speak On Willful Patent Infringement

Professor David C. Berry, Co-Director of the Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law, will be the guest speaker at the October 2010 meeting of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association ("MIPLA"). His presentation will discuss how prevailing commercial practices for avoiding patent infringement risks affect the standard for willful patent infringement under the Federal Circuit's In re Seagate Technology, LLC decision. The meeting will be held at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School's Auburn Hills Campus on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 12:00. For more information, contact MIPLA.


Noted Adjunct Professor Discusses Innovation In New York Times

Prof. William J. Coughlin, Adjunct Professor and President/CEO, Ford Global Technologies LLC, was quoted in a recent New York Times article discussing a new collaboration between TechShop and Ford Motor Company to promote innovation in the automobile industry.

Prof. Coughlin will be teaching Trade Secret Law in the Michaelmas 2010 term.


The panelists were (left to right) Prof. David C. Berry from Cooley; Prof. Gautam Singh, a patent attorney and Professor at Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science; Matthew Binkowski, Esq., a patent attorney with Howard & Howard Attorneys in Royal Oak, Michigan; and Michael Reid, 3L and SIPLA President. (Photo by John Meiu, courtesy of Detroit Legal News Publishing LLC.)
The panelists were (left to right) Prof. David C. Berry
from Cooley; Prof. Gautam Singh, a patent attorney
and Professor at Oakland University School of
Engineering and Computer Science; Matthew
Binkowski, Esq., a patent attorney with Howard &
Howard Attorneys in Royal Oak, Michigan; and
Michael Reid, 3L and SIPLA President. (Photo by
John Meiu, courtesy of Detroit Legal News
Publishing LLC.)

Faculty, Practitioners Debate Bilski Decision Impact

At recent program organized by the Cooley Law School Student Intellectual Property Law Association ("SIPLA") titled "Patent Eligibility, Bilski, and the Future of Business Method Patents," a panel of faculty and patent practitioners discussed the effect the recent Supreme Court Bilski v. Kappos decision will have on business method patents.

 

 

 


"Trademarks and First Amendment" Program at Cooley

On March 22, 2010, The TMCLS Student Intellectual Property Association, together with the Federalist Society presented a program titled "Trademarks and the First Amendment: Trademarks in Artistic Works."

The panelists included Gerald Tschura, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law, and William Ford, Assistant Professor at John Marshall Law School.  The event proved to be an informative presentation and discussion of how claims of trademark infringement sometimes collide with First Amendment interests. 

The panel focused on the challenges courts face in deciding how to best address disputes that inevitably arise when a trademark owner's purported rights clash with an artist's interests in free expression.


Prof. Tschura Comments on Port Huron-To-Mackinac Trademark Dispute

Prof. Gerald Tschura was recently interviewed for a Port Huron Times Heraldreporting on the announcement by the Bayview Yacht Club, which conducts the annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island, that merchants selling clothing and trinkets emblazoned with "Post Huron-to-Mackinac-Race" infringe its registered mark BAYVIEW MACKINAC RACE. Tschura noted that the success of Bayview's claim would depend on whether the use would result in confusion concerning the source or sponsorship of the merchandise. Read the March 13, 2010 article in the Times Herald online.


Prof. Berry Speaks At OU Business School

On January 29, 2010, Professor David Berry gave a presentation on the effect of the recent In re Bilski case at the Oakland University School of Business Administration, as part of the Center for Integrated Business Research and Education's Research Seminar Series. In his talk, titled "Patent Protection for Computer Implemented Methods," Prof. Berry reviewed the law relating to patent eligibility of method inventions and the current controversy concerning the patentability of computer-based technology. He also discussed the current Bilski v. Doll case, pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, and its potential impact on information technologies.


Daniel Girdwood,West Michigan  Business Review story by Mark Sanchez The West Michigan Business Review recently profiled Cooley alum and intellectual property attorney Daniel Girdwood, a partner in the Grand Rapids law firm Price Heneveld, Cooper, DeWitt & Litton:

"Rebuilding West Michigan with innovation: Daniel Girdwood, 2010 Thought Leader in Law"
January 21, 2010
West Michigan Business Review


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