The Dobrusin Law Firm - Intellectual Property

Strategic Intellectual Property Law

Month: January 2020

Paul Palinski Named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 List of “Up & Coming Lawyers”

We are proud to announce that Michigan Lawyers Weekly selected Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Paul Palinski to the 2019 class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.” He received his award at a luncheon at the Detroit Marriott in Troy on December 5, 2019.

Paul has become recognized in the legal community as a thoughtful problem-solver and trusted colleague. A registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, he concentrates his practice on patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with an emphasis on mechanical, electromechanical, and biomedical technologies.

According to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, the honor is bestowed upon attorneys “who are establishing a name for themselves, go above and beyond, and display the ambition, drive, determination, and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers — in their first ten years in practice.”

Paul has always been intrigued by new and emerging technology, manufacturing methods and systems, engineering, and design, but he says the most fulfilling part of his job is meeting with first-time inventors to learn about their innovations. One particularly rewarding matter came early in his legal career. The client invented a device to protect students and teachers from active shooter situations in schools. He saw the value in the product and believed in it and the inventors. The product was eventually commercialized and sold to schools, and it is currently available for purchase.

Outside the office, Paul enjoys giving back to his profession and helping his community. He regularly presents seminars to entrepreneurs and startups in Metro Detroit on the basics of patent law at WeWork. Paul is also a board member at the McLaren Oakland Foundation, which obtains funds through charitable donations used for enhancing patient care, performing healthcare research, providing health-related education, purchasing clinical equipment, and building new facilities.

Congratulations, Paul, on this distinguished honor!




Associate Attorneys Eric Hydorn and Bryan Lemanski Join the Dobrusin Law Firm

The Dobrusin Law Firm is proud to announce that Eric S. Hydorn and Bryan S. Lemanski have joined the firm as associates.

While earning a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Hope College, Eric participated in microbiology research in the college’s science department and interned in the advanced engineering group of a Tier 1 automotive supplier. After graduating, he worked as a technical service chemist for a metalworking fluids producer. While attending the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, he supplemented his coursework by clerking in the legal department of a Tier 1 supplier of climatized automotive seating and then with the Dobrusin Law Firm. Eric received his Juris Doctor in May 2019.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Bryan worked as an automotive engineer.  During his time in engineering, he worked in vehicle design, testing, and manufacturing, with specialized experience in passive and active safety systems, material stamping and molding, and electromechanical components. He later attended Wayne State University Law School as an evening student, while first working full-time in automotive engineering and then transitioning over to to the Dobrusin Law Firm.  While studying, Bryan became registered as a patent agent and was able to quickly begin his patent practice at the Dobrusin Law Firm while earning his Juris Doctor. He earned his Juris Doctor in May 2019 and was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in November 2019.

We are delighted to welcome Eric and Bryan back to the firm!


Sponsored by shareholder Kristen Pursley, Eric Hydorn was sworn in as a member of the bar by Oakland County Circuit Judge Jeffery S. Matis.


Accompanied by his wife and daughter, Bryan Lemanski was sworn in by Oakland County Circuit Judge Shalina Kumar.


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