The Dobrusin Law Firm - Intellectual Property

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Category: Staff Spotlight

Q & A with Dobrusin’s Summer Interns: Meet Claire Pearce

Our Summer Intern Spotlight series features brief interviews with students who have been learning about intellectual property law and the work we do for the firm’s clients.


Hi Claire Pearce! Where are you in school?

A: I’m a rising junior at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Do you have a favorite subject?

A: I took Applied Ethics in Fall 2020, which was great – we covered a lot of “hot-button” topics and were able to have discussions using our own opinions along with current and past articles.

What is your interest in IP?

A: I am very interested in the protection of people’s ideas/images/words – specifically with an interest in trademarks and copyrights.

What do you hope to learn with us this summer?

A: I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the trademark and copyright side of IP Law. I am also hoping to gain even more insight into the path to law school and beyond.

What have you learned so far?

A: I’ve learned a lot so far this summer. I have gotten to see, edit, and work on patent applications as well as do trademark searches for active clients. The trademark search was the most interesting to me because it showed how complicated and thorough the search process needs to be to ensure a unique design.

What are your hobbies?

A: I have been dancing for 18 years and continue to do so at Davidson. In addition to dancing, I love spending time with my family up in Northern Wisconsin over the summer.

Do you participate in any extracurricular activities?

A: I am the Company Manager for Davidson’s Gamut Dance Company and Resident Advisor in the sophomore dorm. I’m the Publicity Chair and Event Planner for the Pre-Law Society, and member and Formal Chair for Warner Hall Eating House (like a sorority).

Anything else you’d like to share?

A: Criminal Minds is my favorite TV show to binge. I have one cat and one dog (Cinnamon and Libby). I’ll be taking a class this coming year called “Schooling Pandemics”, which should be an interesting reflection of the last year and a half!

Q & A with Dobrusin’s Summer Interns: Meet Michelle Hudson

Our Summer Intern Spotlight series features brief interviews with students who have been learning about intellectual property law and the work we do for the firm’s clients.


Hey, Michelle Hudson! Where are you in school?

A: I graduated this spring from Grand Valley State University with my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. This fall I will begin law school at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Do you have a favorite subject?

A: My favorite subject is microbiology! My favorite class in that department was Medical Bacteriology w/ Lab.

What is your interest in IP?

A: Intellectual property interests me because it combines science and law.

What do you hope to learn with us this summer?

A: I hope to continue learning about this field! More specifically, I want to get more practice with patent searches.

What have you learned so far?

A: I learned the parts of a patent as well as how to proof one. I have also been able to look at office actions and observed how the attorneys approach responding to them.

What are your hobbies?

A: In my free time, I enjoy reading, bike riding, and shopping.

Do you participate in any extracurricular activities?

A: During my undergrad, I was a member of the sorority Alpha Sigma Tau. I served as an executive member of our College Panhellenic Council for two years. I was also a staff member of our Chemistry Lab and was a Teacher’s Assistant (TA) for organic chemistry labs.

Q & A with Dobrusin’s Summer Interns: Meet Blake Salesin

Our Summer Intern Spotlight series features brief interviews with students who have been learning about intellectual property law and the work we do for the firm’s clients.


Hi Blake Salesin! Where are you in school? Do you have a favorite subject?

A: I’m a rising sophomore at Boston College. I really enjoy International Politics.

What is your interest in intellectual property?

A: IP can be protected internationally and provides businesses with the right to their own ideas and products.

What do you hope to learn with us this summer?

A: I hope to learn more about how Dobrusin protects the patents of its clients from any infringement, domestic or international.

What have you learned so far?

A: I have learned so much! The first day I received a crash course on all things IP and from there on have focused on different aspects of IP law. Many of the information and skills I have learned have been acquired through hands-on work, including filing certificates of correction, proofing patents, and labeling patent drawings.

What are your hobbies?

A: My hobbies include ice hockey, writing, and running.

Do you participate in any extracurricular activities?

A: I am a member of the opinions section at The Gavel, a news publication on Boston College’s campus. As an avid ice hockey player, I teach at the Detroit Skating Club. Additionally,  I am a graduate of Junior Leadership Oakland XI.

Anything else you would like to share?

A: I have a Golden Retriever named Gus and I am looking forward to having a great summer working at The Dobrusin Law Firm!

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