The Dobrusin Law Firm - Intellectual Property

Strategic Intellectual Property Law

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Eric M. Dobrusin

Founding Shareholder

With more than thirty years of experience, ERIC M. DOBRUSIN concentrates his practice on patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with particular emphasis in the fields of materials science (including plastics, ceramics, metals, and electronic materials), biomedical, food processing and packaging, and automotive technologies.

Eric has been active through the years in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for intellectual property disputes. He has served in United States District Court patent litigation as a Special Master and as a mediator in multiple intellectual property proceedings. Eric has been an author of all editions of “Intellectual Property Culture: Strategy and Compliance” (LexisNexis) and “Intellectual Property Litigation – Pretrial Practice” (Wolters Kluwer).

In 2013, Michigan Lawyers WeeklyTM named Eric one of its “Leaders in the Law,” and he has received numerous peer recognition honors. Eric currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Technion Society.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1988
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1988
  • University of Michigan, College of Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, cum laude, 1985

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Super Lawyers®, 2006 to present
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers in Intellectual Property and Patent Law, 2011 to present
    • The Best Lawyers® in America, Patent Law, 2007 to present
  • Lawyer of the Year in Patent Law, Troy (2016 and 2018) and Detroit (2014)
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Leader in the Law,” 2013
  • Crain’s Detroit Business, “40 Under 40”, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Past President, Michigan Intellectual Property Chapter of the American Inns of Court
  • Past Member, Council of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan

Kristen L. Pursley

Managing Shareholder

As managing shareholder of The Dobrusin Law Firm, Kristen Pursley is dedicated to achieving the objectives and vision of the firm and its clients, and in bringing out the best in those around her. Her steadfast belief in the exceptional work provided by the firm and her fellow shareholders supports her in leading important development initiatives that result in increased client loyalty and satisfaction.

Listed among the top lawyers practicing today in such publications as Michigan Lawyers Weekly, SuperLawyers Rising Star, and Best Lawyers in Patent Law, Kristen is also a DBusiness Top Lawyer and Oakland County Executive 40 Under 40 honoree. Notably, Kristen is also a graduate of Leadership Oakland and an Oakland County Bar Foundation fellow.

In her private practice, Kristen advises on patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution and agreements. She is appreciated for her practical approach to problem-solving and drive to exceed client expectations on every matter, every day. Among Kristen’s clients are tier-one suppliers for the automotive industry, medical diagnostic and device manufacturers, and consumer product and packaging producers, with whom Kristen communicates at all levels of sophistication.

Kristen understands even the most complicated aspects of R&D and speaks the language of both engineers and business professionals. She is appreciated for her seemingly innate ability to render legal counsel that not only safeguards IP portfolios but also offers the potential for market expansion and product exclusivity in the future.

A leader valued for being balanced and fair and for cultivating buy-in and innovation at all levels of operation, Kristen views management decisions from the standpoint of enhancing the client experience. As a result, she focuses on developing programs and approaches to problem-solving that maximize creativity and peak performance from everyone involved.
A thought-innovator who strives to make a difference in everything she does, Kristen is a past president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, a past president of the Women’s Bar Association, and the current president of the Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. She provides pro bono legal services through the Michigan Women’s Foundation volunteer network and SpringGR and is a member of the MichBio IP & Legal Affairs Committee. Kristen also sits on the board for the Encore Performing Arts Center, which oversees the Flagstar Strand Theater in Pontiac, and serves as the chair for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor
  • Michigan State University
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology

Published Works

  • Co-authored with Eric Dobrusin, Ronald Krasnow, and Daniel Aleksynas “Intellectual Property Culture: Strategy and Compliance.”
  • Editor and co-author of “IP Strategy, Valuation, and Damages.”

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers® in America, Patent Law, 2016 to present
  • Michigan SuperLawyers®, 2019 to present
  • Michigan SuperLawyers® Rising Stars, 2013-18
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers in Intellectual Property and Patent Law, 2017 and 2020 to present
  • Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Law, 2017
  • Oakland County Executive’s 40 Under 40 class of 2015
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Women in the Law,” 2013
  • Graduate of Leadership Oakland

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Pro Bono Activities

  • Michigan Women’s Foundation volunteer network
  • SpringGR volunteer
  • Board member for the Encore Performing Arts Center, which oversees the Flagstar Strand Theater in Pontiac

Erin Klug

Shareholder
eklug@patentco.com

An accomplished patent, trademark, and copyright attorney, Erin Klug counsels large corporations, innovative companies, and solo entrepreneurs regarding intellectual property opportunities and strategy.

Erin guides clients in various industries through the application and registration processes and enforces those rights once granted. Her patent experience in mechanical and electrical arts is broad, including automotive, chassis systems, brake assemblies, sensors, control systems, medical devices, consumer goods, packaging, and mobile applications. Erin regularly prepares license agreements, clearance opinions, novelty opinions, and infringement opinions. When disagreements turn into disputes, she works with her clients to resolve them fairly and equitably.

Erin knows that sometimes, however, choosing not to pursue a patent or trademark is the smarter move. By assessing the financial investment, monetization and commercial viability, licensing and marketing options, and the cost to protect IP assets and portfolios, Erin offers clear, straightforward advice that enables clients to make strategic decisions.

Appreciated for conserving clients’ bottom lines, Erin is forthright regarding where clients should invest when it comes to wise legal spending. She is at her best when faced with the intellectual challenge of quickly getting up to speed on new technological and scientific innovation and proves time and again her ability to translate differing levels of tech and science understanding to a business’s various constituents. Whether Erin is working with entrepreneurs, in-house counsel, presidents and CEOs, marketing teams, or R&D departments and individual engineers, she is valued for being a smart lawyer who is agile when it comes to problem-solving and focused when it comes to realizing commercial goals.

Her practical approach and sage advice have earned Erin her clients’ trust, respect, and accolades from peers in the legal and business communities. WTR 1000, Crain’s Detroit Business, DBusiness Magazine, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and other publications have honored Erin for her achievements. She has also been recognized for her leadership and contributions to the community by the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and the Oakland County Executive.

Before joining Dobrusin, Erin led the intellectual property group at a 180-attorney, full-service law firm with nine offices in Michigan and Florida.

Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • IP Strategy & Counseling

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor, 2009
  • University of Michigan – Dearborn
    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 2006

Honors & Awards

  • World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, 2022
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers in Intellectual Property and Patent Law,  2019 to 2021
  • Michigan Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2017 to present
  • Crain’s Detroit, Notable Women Lawyers, 2019
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly™
    • Go To Lawyers for Intellectual Property, 2022
    • Up & Coming Lawyers, 2017
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Leadership Award, 2017
  • Oakland County Executive Elite 40 Under 40, 2016
  • Michigan Top Lawyers, 2015

Publications

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Chair-Elect, Animal Law Section Council
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • International Trademark Association
  • Women’s Bar Association,  Oakland Region
    • Past President
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
    • President-Elect
  • Society of Women Engineers

Community Involvement

  • Barn Sanctuary
    • Secretary, Board of Directors
  • Attorneys for Animals
    • Secretary
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund

 

Jenny Lee

 

Shareholder

Jenny Lee is an intellectual property law counselor and strategic advisor. She counsels clients on all areas of IP law and strategy, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and she prosecutes, registers, and enforces domestic and international IP portfolios. With a background in complex litigation, Jenny is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in California and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She has handled numerous multi-million-dollar complex business disputes involving various technologies for Fortune 500 companies and start-up businesses.

Jenny’s legal and business acumen centers around providing comprehensive IP advice to companies of all sizes and being involved at every stage of the business life cycle. She is frequently retained by emerging and middle-market companies to handle all their IP legal issues. Her background in both litigation and transactional IP law and practice, supported by her extensive education in science and passion for technological advancement, allows Jenny to provide bigger picture solutions to the challenges businesses face in owning, monetizing, and safeguarding their intangible assets at the regional, national, and international levels.

Jenny is well-versed in the legal and technological details of complex IP prosecution, infringement, and freedom-to-operate issues. Her honed skill across many IP disciplines gives her a more advantageous point of view about the examination process and when advising on the risks and advantages of her client’s day-to-day commercial and IP portfolio development decisions. Appreciated by clients for her candor and straightforward communication style regarding legal costs and the realization of value, Jenny offers productive solutions that maximize her clients’ bottom lines and ROIs.

Jenny thrives on learning new technologies at an accelerated pace and working with inventors to safeguard their distinct innovations. For those professionals she serves who are not tech-oriented, Jenny can adapt to any level of sophistication – a skill she cultivated serving on litigation teams earlier in her career and where she learned to gauge whether to simplify information or go into detail based on her audience. Outside of the office, Jenny mentors a high school robotics team of students who are creativity enthusiasts.

Notably, Jenny 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

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • Juris Doctor, 1991
  • University of California, Irvine, California
    • Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, 1988

Published Works

Presentations

  • “How to Protect Your Intellectual Property,” ChaRM (Challenges in Regenerative Medicine) Conference in Toronto, Canada, 2005

Rebecca L. Wilson

Shareholder

Becky Wilson helps businesses understand how to build their brands, protect their brands, and enforce their brands. She advises on new and ongoing branding initiatives and understands, from firsthand experience, the effort that goes into creating a successful business.

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 before that point. Protective by nature, Becky has successfully negotiated with some of the biggest names in industry on behalf of her smaller company clients.

While pursuing her undergraduate, MBA, and Juris Doctor degrees, Becky worked full-time for a Tier 1 automotive supplier in manufacturing, including working on the line, in the front office, and other roles – a testament to her personal and professional drive. While attending law school, she served as a liaison to The Dobrusin Law Firm, which continues to represent the company as a client. Becky gained insight into various aspects of supplier operations and learned, firsthand, the extent to which an organization must protect its ideas and other intellectual property assets.

Becky’s clientele is broad and not limited to the automotive industry. Her clients range from clothing designers to vodka and tequila manufacturers, small breweries and cannabis companies, and medical device companies. Because Becky understands the many moving parts of a commercial operation, she can analyze and anticipate the risks inherent in doing business today.

Becky’s awareness and appreciation of distinct and often unique business needs and goals help her better understand and serve her clients. She feels successful when her clients realize their long- and short-term objectives. Appreciated for her honesty and direct communication style, Becky delivers practical and clear solutions that are not only grounded in the law but also actionable for her clients.

A lawyer who seeks to conserve and maximize her clients’ assets and resources, Becky is appreciated by clients for her cost-conscious approach to problem-solving. She wants her clients to understand the importance of the services she provides and takes the time to explain the legal process and how it applies to their distinct operations and industries.

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

  • World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, 2022
  • The Best Lawyers® in America, Copyright Law, 2022
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers in Copyright Law, 2021 to present
  • Michigan SuperLawyers®, 2020 to present
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly™ Women in the Law, 2019
  • Michigan Top Lawyers, 2015 to present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Italian-American Chamber of Commerce

Pro Bono Activities

  • A Beautiful Me (assists young women with confidence-building activities)
  • Kiwanis Club of Macomb

Katherine M. Pacynski

Shareholder

Katherine Pacynski helps clients protect their innovations. She focuses her practice on the mechanical, chemical, and materials science arts, with an emphasis on nonwoven materials, consumer goods, and automotive applications, such as steering columns and other components.

Among Katie’s clientele are garage inventors, engineers at multinational 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 competitor activities. Katie is known for taking the time to understand what her clients do and getting to know who they are. Clients rely on Katie for her sensible advice and know she is always available to address their questions and concerns.

Katie prides herself on her meticulous attention to detail, sense of humor, and straightforward approach to problem-solving, giving her clients a clear picture of the risks and opportunities they face. She appreciates the firm’s support and encouragement to volunteer in the community and pursue leadership opportunities. As a result, Katie has spent many years on the Executive Board of the Women’s Bar Association, where she is the immediate past president. She also graduated from the Leadership Oakland program and volunteers for many other causes.

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 of her role on 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.

After completing her Bachelor of Science in Engineering, cum laude, Katie attended Michigan State University College of Law. There, she held leadership roles on the Michigan State Law Review and 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Patents

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • United States 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
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly™ Up & Coming Lawyers, 2021
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers in Intellectual Property and Patent Law, 2021 to present
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2020 to present
  • SuperLawyers® Rising Stars (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 of WLAM
    • Immediate Past President, 2021 to present
    • President, 2020-2021
    • President-Elect, 2019-2020
    • Vice President, 2018-2019
    • Recording Secretary, 2017-2018
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Leadership Oakland, Class XXIX

Community Involvement

  • Our Lady of Sorrows
    • School Parent Volunteer
  • Art&Soul Dreams
    • 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
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • Juris Doctor
  • Kettering University
    • Master of Science in Manufacturing Operations
  • Kettering University
    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Honors and Awards

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Council Member, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Detroit Economic Club
    • Career Readiness Academy Mentor

Community Involvement

  • McLaren Oakland
    • Member, Board of Directors
  • Kettering University
    • Alumni Ambassador

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 to present
  • 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 prepares and prosecutes patent applications, primarily in materials science, polymers science, chemistry, and related fields, and assists on other intellectual property research matters. Terry’s extensive background in technology management and research allows him to understand the value proposition of patents and how to determine the broadest possible protection for such important investments. Clients and colleagues alike appreciate that Terry is highly technically oriented and can discuss even the most complex inventions in detail.

Terry is undeniably at his best when learning about new and sophisticated technological advancements and convincing examiners to grant his clients’ patents. Because many examiners are engineers, Terry can establish immediate rapport, particularly because he anticipates how examiners will view a client’s patent application at the onset of the process. Because Terry finds a way to adjust his argument or claim so examiner objections no longer apply, he is among the firm’s most efficient patent prosecution attorneys.

Before the law, Terry earned decades of industrial research and management experience at Advanced Elastomer Systems, L.P., (a division of ExxonMobil Chemical Company) in Akron, Ohio, L&L Products in Romeo, Michigan, and MSI Technology in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He has more than fourteen U.S. patents and patent applications and over fifty international patents and patent applications already under his belt, primarily in the fields of thermoplastic elastomers, composite structures, weldable polymeric compositions, structural adhesives, and sealant materials. After joining The Dobrusin Law Firm in 2006 as a Staff Scientist, Terry then became a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Having worked in-house for many years, Terry consistently delivers the technological fluency and business perspective needed to be a better patent lawyer. He knows, from hands-on experience, how research is funded, the importance of designing new products that have proprietary technology, and the criticality of keeping up with competitors and ensuring they do not encroach on a client’s patented assets. In fact, Terry established a patent position so comprehensive for one of his clients that it keeps their competitors out of that specific market today.

Terry graduated from Northwestern University in 1990 with a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering and polymer science as his dissertation field. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University in 1983. Terry’s academic background includes coursework and research in metallurgy, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, computer programming, statistics, biology, physics, and chemistry.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • Juris Doctor, 2014
  • Northwestern University
    • Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering, 1990
  • Cornell University
    • Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering, 1983

Eric S. Hydorn

Associate

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

Before joining the firm, Eric worked in the intellectual property department of a Tier 1 supplier of climatized automotive seating. Concurrent with his undergraduate studies, he participated in watershed 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, providing quality control testing, conducting product R&D, 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.
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Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property Strategy and Counseling

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

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
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Pontiac Regional Chamber
    • Board of Directors

Bryan S. Lemanski

Associate

Bryan Lemanski focuses his practice on patent application preparation and prosecution involving mechanical and software innovation for the automotive and medical device industries and various other market sectors.

Valued for his work ethic and ability to establish rapport with those around him, Bryan uses his outstanding communication skills to deliver exceptional legal acumen. His professional and collaborative approach to problem-solving, particularly when interfacing with examiners, often opens the door to win/win results for his clients and examiners alike.

Bryan excels when applying the law to engineering and working with clients to advance their goals by owning the technology of the future. His education and hands-on experience in engineering allow him to understand and articulate even the most sophisticated and complex innovations.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Bryan worked as an automotive engineer. During his engineering career, he worked in vehicle design, testing, and manufacturing, with experience in passive and active safety systems, material stamping and molding, and electromechanical components. Bryan attended law school in the evening while first working full-time in automotive engineering. He then transitioned to the Dobrusin Law Firm, where he became a registered patent agent and quickly began his patent practice.

Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property Strategy and Counseling

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States 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
  • City of Rochester Hills Historic District Commissioner

Chelsea Everson

Associate

Chelsea Everson drafts and prosecutes patent applications for a wide variety of clients, including entrepreneurs, inventors, Ph.D.s, scientists, and businesses of all sizes. She concentrates her intellectual property practice on the biological and chemical arts.

Thorough, considerate, and focused on providing the best possible work product, Chelsea is a strong writer and at her best when bringing innovation to life through the patent prosecution process. She is appreciated for her dedication to service, responsiveness, and meeting and exceeding the expectations of those around her in a timely manner.

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 an understanding of 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, cell culture, and a nuanced perspective in experimentation procedure.

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 is an experienced intellectual property law adviser with many years of honed skills in transactional, litigation, and regulatory matters. Before joining the firm, she worked in-house for two companies, where she developed legal know-how and managed business considerations, such as strategic planning and budgeting. Her current role at the firm focuses on serving clients by producing outstanding legal advice and work product and managing the firm’s operations in client service, administrative processes, and one-on-one training and mentoring of the next generation of attorneys.

As general counsel and chief patent counsel at the international headquarters of a consumer products manufacturer, Theresa honed her talents in management, corporate governance, and business strategy development and brought this first-hand expertise and perspective to firm clients. Because the company relied on third-party manufacturers 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 for a Tier 2 automotive manufacturer, Theresa led an industry association anti-counterfeiting committee, presenting to and joining in raids with both U.S. and international 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 co-authored the U.S. Bearing Brand Protection Handbook and spearheaded the World Bearing Association’s StopFakeBearings.com campaign. Moreover, Theresa served as co-chair of the State Bar of Michigan in-house counsel committee and hosted and participated in many legal and business seminars.

As an advocate, Theresa offers trial experience throughout the country and in Canada, Mexico, and South America. As an advisor, Theresa’s acute business acumen results from her extensive drafting and negotiation experience, including multilevel contracts, sales and purchase agreements, trade secret provisions, and the whole gamut of IP 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.

Along with her firm responsibilities as a mentor and business manager, Theresa is fluent in the language and essential role engineers and developers fill as major assets to their companies. Having worked as an engineer before practicing law, Theresa is appreciated for taking the time to work with such innovators and helping them understand the value of their IP and the position creativity plays in the company’s bigger picture strategy. Because of her background in engineering, Theresa knows how to support engineers in a way that leverages their full potential. She continues to work diligently with all constituents to understand each other’s unique contributions by developing related best practices at the executive and attorney levels.

Notably, 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.

Areas of Practice

  • IP Strategy and Counseling
  • Patents
  • Trademarks and Copyrights

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • United States 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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