The Dobrusin Law Firm - Intellectual Property

Strategic Intellectual Property Law

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Eric M. Dobrusin

Founding Shareholder

ERIC M. DOBRUSIN gained admission to the State Bar of Michigan in 1988, and thereafter became registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney. Eric has co-authored with Ronald Krasnow, “Intellectual Property Culture: Strategies to Foster Successful Patent and Trade Secret Practices in Everyday Business” (1st ed. 2008 and 2nd ed. 2012) LexisNexis. Additionally, Eric has co-authored, with Professor Katherine White, “Intellectual Property Litigation – Pretrial Practice”, (2nd ed. 1999 and 3rd ed. 2008) Aspen Publisher. He also authored the first edition, which published in 1996.

As a founder and shareholder of Dobrusin Law Firm PC, with more than twenty-five years of experience, Eric concentrates his practice in patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with particular emphasis in the fields of materials science (including plastics, ceramics, metals and electronic materials), biomedical technologies, and automotive technologies. Eric has been active through the years in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for intellectual property disputes. He previously served as Executive Director of the National Patent Board, an ADR organization having Rules that he helped to draft. He also has been appointed and served in United States District Court patent litigation as a Special Master, and as an independent neutral for multiple alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He is on the list of Mediators for the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Mr. Dobrusin was honored in 2013 by the Michigan Lawyers WeeklyTM , as among its “Leaders in the Law,”Mr. Dobrusin also has been honored by Best Lawyers® as 2014 Lawyer of the Year for patent law in Detroit.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1988
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. cum laude – 1988
  • University of Michigan, College of Engineering
    • B.S.E. cum laude – 1985
    • Major: Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

Published Works

  • Co-authored with Ronald Krasnow, “Intellectual Property Culture: Strategies to Foster Successful Patent and Trade Secret Practices in Everyday Business” (1st ed. 2008 and 2nd ed. 2012)
  • Co-authored, with Professor Katherine White, “Intellectual Property Litigation – Pretrial Practice”, (2nd ed. 1999 and 3rd ed. 2008) Aspen Publisher
  • Co-authored with Ronald Krasnow, Daniel Aleksynas, and Kristen Pursley, Intellectual Property Culture: Strategy and Compliance

Honors and Awards

  • IP Stars, 2015-2017
  • Michigan SuperLawyers®, 2006 to present
  • The Best Lawyers® in America, Patent Law, 2007 to present
    • Lawyer of the Year – Patent Law, Troy, 2018
    • Lawyer of the Year – Patent Law, Troy, 2018
    • Lawyer of the Year – Patent Law, Troy, 2016
    • Lawyer of the Year – Patent Law, Detroit, 2014
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly™ – Leader in the Law Honoree, 2013
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers in Intellectual Property and Patent Law, 2011 to present
  • Crain’s Detroit Business, “40 Under 40”, 1999
  • National Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2011
  • IP Hero Award, November, 2012
  • Leading Lawyers℠, 2015-2017
  • Michigan Top Lawyers, 2015-2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Patent Board, Executive Director
  • United States District Court patent litigation, Special Master

Pro Bono Activities

  • World Intellectual Property Organization, Mediator

Kristen L. Pursley

Managing Shareholder

KRISTEN L. PURSLEY is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Ms. Pursley graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Ms. Pursley was previously employed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the office of Intellectual Property and Venture Development and as a corporate paralegal at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, California. Ms. Pursley is a Past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, a Past President of the Women’s Bar Association and a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court. She provides pro bono legal services through the Michigan Women’s Foundation volunteer network and is a Business Advisory Board Member at the Macomb-OU INCubator. Kristen also sits on the board for the Encore Performing Arts Center which oversees the Flagstar Strand Theater in Pontiac and is a Trustee for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation.

Ms. Pursley is the managing shareholder at the Dobrusin Law Firm and represents clients who are tier-one suppliers for the automotive industry, medical diagnostic and device manufacturers, and consumer product and packaging producers. Ms. Pursley was a Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2013 Women in the Law honoree, a SuperLawyers® Rising Star for 2013-2017, a Best Lawyer in Patent Law for 2016-2017, a dbusiness Top Lawyer for 2017, and a member of the Oakland County Executive’s 40 Under 40 class of 2015. She is also a recent graduate of Leadership Oakland and is an Oakland County Bar Foundation Fellow.

Kristen co-authored with Eric Dobrusin, Ronald Krasnow and Daniel Aleksynas “Intellectual Property Culture: Strategy and Compliance.”

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • J.D.
  • Michigan State University
    • B.S.
    • Major: Biology

Published Works

  • Co-authored with Eric Dobrusin, Ronald Krasnow and Daniel Aleksynas “Intellectual Property Culture: Strategy and Compliance.”

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers® in America, Patent Law, 2016 to present
  • Michigan SuperLawyers®, 2019 to present
  • Michigan SuperLawyers® Rising Star, 2013-18
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers in Intellectual Property and Patent Law, 2017 and 2020 to present
  • Oakland County Executive’s 40 Under 40 class of 2015
  • Graduate of Leadership Oakland

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Immediate Past President
  • Women’s Bar Association, President
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Michigan Women’s Foundation volunteer network
  • Business Advisory Board Member at the Macomb-OU INCubator
  • Board for the Encore Performing Arts Center which oversees the Flagstar Strand Theater in Pontiac
  • Board member for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation

Jenny Lee

Shareholder

JENNY LEE gained admission to the State Bar of California in 1991, and thereafter became registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney. She completed her undergraduate degree in three years and graduated in 1988 from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 1991.

Ms. Lee’s practice focuses on providing advise and counsel in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark and copyright, as well as prosecuting, registering and enforcing domestic and international intellectual property portfolios. She is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has handled numerous multi-million dollar complex business matters involving various technologies for both Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies.

Ms. Lee presented "How to Protect Your Intellectual Property" at the 2005 ChaRM (Challenges in Regenerative Medicine) Conference in Toronto, Canada. During college, she conducted extensive research in the field of learning and memory and was a contributing author of an article entitled "Lesions of entorhinal cortex produce a calpain-mediated degradation of brain spectrin in dentate gyrus," published in 459 Brain Research 226-232 (1988). During law school, she assisted Professor Mari Matsuda with her article entitled "Voices of America: Antidiscrimination, Law, and a Jurisprudence for the Last Reconstruction," published in centennial issue of the Yale Law Journal (100 Yale L.J. 1329-1407 (1991)).

Ms. Lee is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Patent
  • Trademark
  • Copyright

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. – 1991
  • University of California, Irvine, California
    • B.S. – 1988
    • Major: Biological Science

Published Works

  • Author, “Lesions of Entorhinal Cortex Produce a Calpain-Mediated Degradation of Brain Spectrin in Dentate Gyrus”, 459 Brain Research 226-232, 1988
  • “Voices of America: Antidiscrimination, Law, and a Jurisprudence for the Last Reconstruction”, Yale Law Journal (100 Yale L.J. 1329-1407), 1991

Rebecca L. Wilson

Shareholder

Rebecca Wilson brings a high level of determination to the practice of law and the trademark and copyright matters she handles for her clients.

While pursuing her undergraduate, MBA, and Juris Doctor degrees, Becky worked full-time for a Tier 1 automotive supplier in manufacturing (yes, she worked on the line), front office, and other roles – a testament to her personal and professional drive. While attending law school, she served as a liaison with The Dobrusin Law Firm, which continues to represent the company as a client. Becky not only gained insight into various aspects of the supplier operations, but also learned firsthand the extent to which an organization must protecting its ideas, brands, and other intellectual property assets.

Becky’s awareness and appreciation of a business’s needs and goals are what helps her to better understand and serve her clients today.  She is committed to helping them succeed and is determined to help them every step of the way.

Becky devotes her practice to copyright protection and the prosecution of trademarks from inception to registration. Litigation is often a costly and time-consuming endeavor – sometimes unnecessarily – so she seeks to settle potential issues for her clients prior to that point, though she is prepared to aggressively pursue clients’ right in the courtroom if an agreement cannot be reached.

Additionally, Becky counsels clients regarding new business branding, and is open and honest every step of the way. It’s her job to understand the effort that goes into creating a brand, and she’s determined to work with her clients to protect their investment.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Education

  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
    • Juris Doctor, 2005
  • University of Detroit Mercy
    • Master of Business Administration, 2002
  • Detroit College of Business
    • Bachelor of Business Management, 2001

Honors and Awards

  • DBusiness Top Lawyers in Copyright Law, 2021
  • Michigan SuperLawyers®, 2020
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly™ Women in the Law, 2019
  • Michigan Top Lawyers, 2015 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Women’s Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Jingle Bell Run & Walk for Arthritis, Planning Committee
  • A Beautiful Me (assisting young ladies and women with confidence-building activities)

Katherine M. Pacynski

Shareholder

Katherine Pacynski spends her days helping clients protect their innovations. She focuses her practice on mechanical, chemical, and materials science arts, with emphasis on nonwoven materials and automotive applications, such as steering columns and other components.

Katie’s clients include garage inventors, engineers at multi-national companies, and various creators in between. To preserve their interests, she drafts patent applications, strategically negotiates the scope of patent protection with the USPTO and foreign patent offices, manages client portfolios, and monitors competitors’ activities. They rely on her for straightforward, practical counsel, and know that she is always available to address their questions and concerns.

A successful career as a patent attorney wasn’t always Katie’s plan. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, she juggled classwork and the demands placed on her as a member of the varsity cheerleading team. Along the way, she took a one-credit elective – “Law for Engineers” – a class that changed her focus and started her on the path to law school.

After completing her Bachelor of Science, cum laude, Katie attended Michigan State University College of Law. There, she held leadership roles on the Michigan State Law Review, and also began working for the Dobrusin Law Firm, first as a law clerk, then as a patent agent. After receiving her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, she joined the firm as an associate attorney and was later named a shareholder.

It’s apparent that Katie loves her job. She enjoys getting to know her clients, learning not just what they do, but also who they are. She is proud of the Dobrusin team and the quality representation she and her colleagues provide to their clients.

The firm encourages its people to be active in the community, which has allowed Katie to become President of the Women’s Bar Association, participate in and graduate from the Leadership Oakland program, and volunteer with Art&Soul Dreams, a non-profit dedicated to connecting families to children in the Michigan foster care and adoption system.

Areas of Practice

  • Patents

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
    • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude – 2013
    • Managing Editor, Michigan State Law Review
    • Intellectual Property Law Society
  • University of Michigan
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, cum laude – 2010
    • University of Michigan Varsity Cheerleading
    • Alpha Chi Omega sorority
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Honors and Awards

  • DBusiness Top Lawyers in Intellectual Property and Patent Law, 2021
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2020
  • SuperLawyers® Rising Star (Michigan), 2019 to present
  • Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40, Class of 2018
  • Michigan Top Lawyers, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • Women’s Bar Association – Oakland Region
    • President, 2020 to present
    • President-Elect, 2019-2020
    • Vice President, 2018-2019
    • Recording Secretary, 2017-2018
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Leadership Oakland, Class XXIX

Community Involvement

  • Art&Soul Dreams
    • Volunteer
    • Board of Directors, 2017-2018

Paul J. Palinski

 

Shareholder

PAUL J. PALINSKI is a registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Michigan State University College of Law, and completed his graduate and undergraduate studies in Manufacturing Operations and Mechanical Engineering, respectively, at Kettering University.  Paul concentrates his practice in patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with particular emphasis in the mechanical, electromechanical, and biomedical technologies. He represents a broad list of clients ranging from multi-national companies to individual inventors.

Before joining The Dobrusin Law Firm, Mr. Palinski was employed with another Detroit-area law firm specializing in intellectual property.  Before that, he worked in various legal capacities in New York City, Washington D.C., and throughout Michigan.  Before practicing law, Paul was an engineer in the automotive industry, where he was responsible for the design, engineering, manufacturing, and quality of various interior and exterior automotive components.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D.
  • Kettering University
    • M.S.
    • Major: Manufacturing Operations
  • Kettering University
    • B.S.
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2020
  • SuperLawyers® Rising Star (Michigan), 2016 to present
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly™ Up & Coming Lawyers, 2019
  • Michigan Top Lawyer 2016

Daniela M. Walters

Shareholder

Daniela M. Walters is registered with the U.S Patent & Trademark Office and gained admission to the State Bar of Michigan in November 2015.

Daniela earned her Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School, graduating cum laude in May 2015. While in law school, she was involved with Wayne State’s Patent Procurement Clinic, Student Trial Advocacy Team, Student Board of Governors, and the Wayne Intellectual Property Student Association.

Daniela earned a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in 2010. Before that, she graduated cum laude from Kettering University in 2007, with both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. At graduation from Kettering University, she received the President’s Medal.

Outside the office, Daniela serves on the Mainstreet Pontiac Board of Directors and is a member of both the Women’s Bar Association for Oakland County and the Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. She was first selected as a SuperLawyers® Rising Star for 2017.

Before practicing law and joining The Dobrusin Law Firm, Daniela was an engineer in the automotive industry where she was involved with the various stages in vehicle development and manufacturing. In her engineering roles, she was responsible for tooling, manufacturing processes, productivity, and ergonomics.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2015
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. cum laude – May, 2015
    • Honors: Wayne State’s Patent Procurement Clinic
    • Honors: Student Trial Advocacy Team
    • Honors: Student Board of Governors
    • Honors: Wayne Intellectual Property Student Association
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
    • M.S.E.
    • Major: Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
    • M.B.A.
  • Kettering University
    • B.S. cum laude – 2007
    • Honors: President’s Medal
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
    • Major: Industrial Engineering

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2020
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly™ Up & Coming Lawyers, 2019
  • SuperLawyers® Rising Star (Michigan), 2017 to present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Member
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board member for Mainstreet Pontiac

Terry Finerman

Senior Counsel

DR. TERRY FINERMAN graduated from Northwestern University in 1990 with a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering where his dissertation field was polymer science. Dr. Finerman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University in 1983. Dr. Finerman’s academic background included coursework and research in metallurgy, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, computer programming, statistics, biology, physics and chemistry. Dr. Finerman is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Finerman has nineteen years of experience in industrial research and research management at Advanced Elastomer Systems, L.P. (division of ExxonMobil Chemical Company) in Akron, OH, L&L Products in Romeo, MI, and MSI Technology in Arlington Heights, IL. He has over fourteen U.S. patents and patent applications and over fifty international patents and patent applications, primarily in the fields of thermoplastic elastomers, composite structures, weldable polymeric compositions, structural adhesives, and sealant materials. Dr. Finerman joined The Dobrusin Law Firm in 2006 as a Staff Scientist. As a Registered Patent Attorney, he is currently preparing and processing patent applications, primarily in materials science, polymers science, chemistry and related fields, as well as assisting in other intellectual property research matters.

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D.
  • Northwestern University
    • Ph. D – 1990
    • Major: Materials Science and Engineering
  • Cornell University
    • B.S. – 1983
    • Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Eric S. Hydorn

Associate

Eric Hydorn assists clients, from large corporations to solo inventors, with drafting and prosecuting patent applications as well as preparing opinions directed to freedom-to-operate, patentability, invalidity, and infringement. He focuses his practice on the chemical, mechanical, and biological arts.

Eric received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Hope College.

Concurrent with his undergraduate studies, he participated in microbiology research with the Hope College Science Department and later interned for a Tier 1 supplier of electrochromic mirrors. Eric then joined a metalworking fluids supplier as a chemist, conducting research and development and providing on-site technical service to customers in the automotive and aerospace industries. While attending law school in the evenings, he worked full-time to jumpstart his intellectual property experience.

Eric worked in the intellectual property department of a Tier 1 supplier of climatized automotive seating before joining the Dobrusin Law Firm as a law clerk.

Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property Strategy and Counseling

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
    • Juris Doctor, 2019
    • Member, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review
    • Dean’s Scholarship
  • Hope College
    • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, 2014
    • Men’s Club Lacrosse

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Administrative & Regulatory Law, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Young Lawyers Sections
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Bryan S. Lemanski

Associate

Bryan Lemanski is an associate attorney who focuses his practice in the patent law field, with a primary focus on patent application preparation and prosecution.

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, where he was involved with the Patent Procurement Clinic and the Wayne Intellectual Property Student Association.

Bryan attended law school in the evening while first working full-time in automotive engineering and then transitioning over 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property Strategy and Counseling

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
    • Juris Doctor, 2019
    • Patent Procurement Clinic
    • Wayne Intellectual Property Student Association
  • University of Michigan
    • Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering, 2011
    • Alumni Mentor/Mentee Program
    • Regional College of Engineering Admissions Interview Volunteer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Community Involvement

  • Humble Design
    • Volunteer

Chelsea Everson

Associate

Chelsea Everson drafts and prosecutes patent applications for clients of all sizes. She concentrates her intellectual property practice on the biological and chemical arts.

Before becoming an attorney, Chelsea participated in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Experience Extern Program and Patent Training Academy, where she gained experience in the agency’s review and decision-making processes. She was then paired with a patent examiner in the USPTO’s Technology Center 1600, a unit that oversees various biotech, chemical, and pharmaceutical technologies. She also delivered presentations to small business owners, inventors, and entrepreneurs at USPTO informational events.

An outstanding student, Chelsea received dual undergraduate degrees in psychology and biological sciences, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. There, she worked as a technician in the Natural Sciences Department, assisting with advanced virology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry teaching and research laboratories. These opportunities provided Chelsea with additional expertise in genome engineering, molecular cloning, and cell culture.

Chelsea earned a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School, focusing her legal studies on intellectual property and supplementing her classroom learning by volunteering in the Patent Procurement Clinic and clerking for the Dobrusin Law Firm.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • IP Strategy and Counseling

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
    • Juris Doctor, 2018
    • Patent Procurement Clinic
    • Provost’s Scholar
  • University of Michigan – Dearborn
    • Bachelor of Science, with high distinction, 2013
      Bachelor of Arts, with high distinction, 2013

Theresa A. Orr

Of Counsel

Theresa Orr’s experience spans transactional, litigation, and regulatory matters, and includes both in-house and law firm leadership roles.

Theresa’s legal career began in line at a movie theater. She struck up a conversation with a woman who hired her the next day as a clerk at an IP firm. Theresa remained at the firm for 12 years, advancing from law clerk to associate to partner and building a practice that included patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution; litigation in federal courts across the U.S.; and counseling corporate clients to leverage their IP portfolios through joint ventures, acquisitions, and licensing.

She then moved in-house, joining the law department of a consumer products manufacturer as its general counsel and chief patent counsel, enabling Theresa to expand her management, corporate governance, and business strategy skills. Because the company relied on third-party suppliers in China, she was quickly initiated to counterfeiting and developed an anti-counterfeiting program to stem the influx of counterfeit products at the border.

Later, as vice president and general counsel of a Tier 2 international automotive company that produced bearings and steering columns, Theresa led an industry association anti-counterfeiting committee, presenting to and joining in raids with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, FBI, Homeland Security, and Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers throughout North, Central, and South America. She also co-authored the U.S. Bearing Brand Protection Handbook and spearheaded the World Bearing Association’s StopFakeBearings.com campaign.

Theresa’s sharp business acumen comes from her extensive drafting and negotiation experience, including multilevel contracts, sales and purchase agreements, trade secret provisions, and the full gamut of intellectual property protections. She has implemented numerous internal programs focused on IP, warranties, product quality control, and human resources, as well as compliance with NHTSA, consumer product safety, ITAR, EAR, and Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act regulations.

Areas of Practice

  • IP Strategy and Counseling
  • Patents
  • Trademarks and Copyrights

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
    • Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1989
  • Western Michigan University
    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 1982

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Member, Intellectual Property, International, and Master Lawyers Sections
    • Former Co-Chair, Business Law Section In-House Counsel Committee
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
    • Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional
  • American Bearing Manufacturers Association
    • Former Vice Chair, Anti-Counterfeiting Committee
  • World Bearing Association
    • Board Representative

Presentations

  • “Key Opportunities and Concerns for Legal Departments in an Evolving Industry” (moderator), Autolex Autonomous Vehicle Legal Forum, 2018
  • “ABMA Efforts to Stop Fake Bearings Presentation,” Bearing Specialists Association Winter Meeting, 2015
  • “General and In-House Counsel Roundtable” (panelist), Crain’s Detroit Business Summit, 2014
  • “A Comprehensive Approach to Protecting Designs: The Overlap of Patent Design, Trade Dress, and Copyright Protection,” University of Toledo College of Law, 2011

Publications

  • StopFakeBearings.com (anti-counterfeiting website and campaign), World Bearing Association, 2018
  • U.S. Bearing Brand Protection Handbook (co-author), American Bearing Manufacturers Association, 2016

Contact Information

The Dobrusin Law Firm
29 W. Lawrence St.
Suite 210
Pontiac, MI 48342

Phone: 248-292-2920
Fax: 248-292-2910
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