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Six Lawyers From The Dobrusin Law Firm Rated 2023 Top Lawyers by DBusiness

We are proud to announce that six of our lawyers at The Dobrusin Law Firm are among DBusiness’ 2023 Top Lawyers and leaders in intellectual property, patent law, trade secrets, and copyright law. The following attorneys are honored in the November/December edition of DBusiness magazine: Eric Dobrusin honored in Intellectual Property and Patent Law and Trade …

The Dobrusin Law Firm Among “Best Law Firms” in Copyright Law and Patent Law for 2023

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® have released their 2023 list of the Best Law Firms in America. The Dobrusin Law Firm has earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking – the highest ranking in the region – for our copyright law and patent law practices! This recognition is extremely meaningful for us, as it is …

Erin Klug and Kristen Pursley Attend First Annual WLAM Leadership Retreat

Erin Klug, current president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM), recently led the organization’s first annual leadership retreat at Crystal Mountain Resort. WLAM leaders from the U.P. to Detroit and everywhere in between, including WLAM Past President and current WLAM Foundation President Kristen Pursley, convened for the retreat. The weekend included conducting Board business, participating …

Kristen Pursley to Speak at Michigan Medical Device Summit

Kristen Pursley to Speak at Michigan Medical Device Summit  Next week’s Michigan Medical Device Summit, presented by MichBio and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, features the Dobrusin Law Firm’s own Managing Shareholder, Kristen Pursley. Kristen will be a speaker for the breakout session “Strategies on Building a Strong MedTech IP Portfolio” on September 20, 2022. …

Seven Lawyers at The Dobrusin Law Firm Listed in 2023 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™

Please join us in congratulating our colleagues who were recognized in 2023 The Best Lawyers in America and 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America. 2023 The Best Lawyers in America: Eric Dobrusin (Litigation – Patent, Patent Law) Kristen Pursley (Patent Law) Rebecca Wilson (Copyright Law) 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America: Bryan Lemanski (Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law) …

Eight Attorneys Named to 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Eight Attorneys Named to 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists At the Dobrusin Law Firm, we have always believed that our forward-thinking attorneys set a strong foundation for our widely-respected intellectual property practice. We are proud to announce that eight of our attorneys have been named to the 2022 Super Lawyers and 2022 Rising …

Thinking Green in Downtown Pontiac

Thinking Green in Downtown Pontiac

At The Dobrusin Law Firm, we believe a cleaner, safer, healthier community is better for us all. To improve our local area and the world at large, our firm participated in Main Street Pontiac’s annual Earth Day Cleanup in the spring and the recent pre-Arts Crawl Clean Up last week. On both occasions, as our …

Recent Criminal Case Involving the Theft of Coca-Cola Trade Secrets Is a Cautionary Tale for Current or Departing Employees

Recent Criminal Case Involving the Theft of Coca-Cola Trade Secrets Is a Cautionary Tale for Current or Departing Employees

Anyone who has ever left a job knows those final days involve tying up loose ends, saying goodbyes, and packing up. Walking out the door one last time with a box full of desk photos, coffee mugs, and other personal belongings is a career rite of passage. That box might even include some pens, Post-It …

Dobrusin Law Firm Shareholders Complete Leadership Terms With Michigan IP Inn of Court

Dobrusin Law Firm Shareholders Complete Leadership Terms With Michigan IP Inn of Court

Last year, the Dobrusin Law Firm continued its long-standing presence in the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court when two firm shareholders assumed leadership positions — Kristen Pursley served as president for 2021-2022, and Daniela Walters was the Events Chair. At the organization’s recent annual dinner, the two completed their successful terms, with Kristen transitioning …

The Dobrusin Law Firm Helps Girls “Sparkle” for Prom and Homecoming

The Dobrusin Law Firm Helps Girls “Sparkle” for Prom and Homecoming

For many girls, the cost of a high school homecoming or prom dress can be a financial burden, especially when college tuition looms less than a year away or if there are more pressing economic needs. That’s where the Sparkle Network steps in, with help from shareholder Becky Wilson and The Dobrusin Law Firm. The …

Rebecca Wilson Inducted Into the Italian American Chamber of Commerce

Rebecca Wilson Inducted Into the Italian American Chamber of Commerce

We are delighted to announce that Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Rebecca Wilson has been inducted into the Italian American Chamber of Commerce. For more than 100 years, the Chamber and its members have supported many worthwhile charitable and business activities. The organization’s approximately 170 members contribute to the entrepreneurial spirit, goodwill, and success of the …

Eric Hydorn and The Dobrusin Law Firm Support the Par Fore Pontiac Charity Golf Classic

Eric Hydorn and The Dobrusin Law Firm Support the Par Fore Pontiac Charity Golf Classic

The Dobrusin Law Firm was a proud sponsor of the Catholic Community Response Team’s Par Fore Charity Golf Classic outing. Attorney Eric Hydorn’s foursome hit the links in support of the charity’s efforts. The Catholic Community Response Team provides direct support and referral services to those whose basic daily necessities are unmet, primarily within Pontiac, …

Using a Photo on Your Website Without Permission? Picture Yourself Being Sued for Copyright Infringement.

Using a Photo on Your Website Without Permission? Picture Yourself Being Sued for Copyright Infringement.

Every business with a website –99 percent of businesses – wants their site to attract eyeballs and, ultimately, customers. They want their social media posts to pop. Photos and images are an essential part of website and social media engagement. The internet is full of millions of photos a company can easily download and upload …

Katherine Pacynski Receives Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Regional Leadership Award

Katherine Pacynski Receives Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Regional Leadership Award

At its recent annual meeting, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan honored Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Katie Pacynski with its Regional Leadership Award. Each year, WLAM recognizes outstanding advocacy for the advancement of women, judiciary role models, and regional development. The Regional Leadership Award recognizes an attorney who has taken significant actions to advance the …

WLAM Foundation Chair Kristen Pursley Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

WLAM Foundation Chair Kristen Pursley Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan recently held its annual meeting at the Detroit Zoo. During the event, Dobrusin Law Firm managing partner and Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Chair, Kristen Pursley announced the recipients of twelve scholarships, totaling $42,000, to some of Michigan’s brightest law students. Each spring, the foundation makes financial awards …

Erin Klug Sworn in as WLAM President for 2022-23

Erin Klug Sworn in as WLAM President for 2022-23

On Friday, June 3, 2022, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) held its 104th annual meeting at the Detroit Zoo. Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Erin Klug was sworn in as the organization’s president during the program. She has served on WLAM’s board of directors since 2016. The theme for the 2022-23 year is the …

Women’s Bar Association Holds Successful Annual Dinner Event, Thanks to Katie Pacynski and The Dobrusin Law Firm

Women’s Bar Association Holds Successful Annual Dinner Event, Thanks to Katie Pacynski and The Dobrusin Law Firm

The Women’s Bar Association (WBA) held its annual dinner at the Birmingham Athletic Club on May 26, 2022, and as the event’s Gold Sponsor, The Dobrusin Law Firm’s presence was widely seen at the event. The WBA, representing the Oakland Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, seeks to advance the interests of women …

Dobrusin Law Firm Announces the Recipient of Its 2022 Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Scholarship

Dobrusin Law Firm Announces the Recipient of Its 2022 Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Scholarship

The Dobrusin Law Firm champions efforts to elevate women in the legal profession. For four years, the firm has contributed to the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation to fund an annual scholarship. We are delighted to announce that the 2022 Dobrusin Law Scholarship recipient is Estella Park Riahi, a student at Michigan State University College …

Understanding Specimens: A Bad Example of a Good Trademark Can Delay or Doom Your Application

Understanding Specimens: A Bad Example of a Good Trademark Can Delay or Doom Your Application

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) won’t issue a trademark registration for a mark that isn’t currently “used in commerce,” and it will cancel an existing mark if the owner does not show they are actively using their mark. But the USPTO won’t just take an applicant’s word that they are using their mark …

The Dobrusin Law Firm Announces an Exciting New Sponsorship With the Flint City Bucks

The Dobrusin Law Firm Announces an Exciting New Sponsorship With the Flint City Bucks

We are thrilled to announce that The Dobrusin Law Firm is an official sponsor of another great team – the Flint City Bucks of the United Soccer League! This weekend, the Bucks begin regular season play at historic Atwood Stadium, Kettering University’s home field. Founded in 1995, the Bucks have been one of the most …

Daniela Walters, Main Street Pontiac, and Flagstar Bank Support Pontiac Small Businesses with “Pontiac’s BIG IDEA Grant Program”

Daniela Walters, Main Street Pontiac, and Flagstar Bank Support Pontiac Small Businesses with “Pontiac’s BIG IDEA Grant Program”

The Dobrusin Law Firm is proud of Shareholder Daniela Walters’ continued dedication and commitment to the City of Pontiac through her role as Advisory Council chair for Pontiac’s BIG IDEA Grant Program. Sponsored by Flagstar Bank and coordinated by Main Street Pontiac, the program provided $500,000 in grants and loans for small businesses that proposed …

EU’s Unitary Patent System Due to Finally Arrive Later This Year. Here’s What You Need to Know.

EU’s Unitary Patent System Due to Finally Arrive Later This Year. Here’s What You Need to Know.

After a decade of efforts, the age of the Unitary Patent in the European Union (EU) appears to be imminent. It is expected that in the second half of 2022, inventors will be able to obtain patent protection in all participating EU states by filing a single application with the European Patent Office (EPO), thereby …

The Dobrusin Law Firm Sponsors Pontiac Economic Summit Revisit

The Dobrusin Law Firm Sponsors Pontiac Economic Summit Revisit

Not only is our firm located in Pontiac’s downtown business district, but we are also avid proponents of the city’s economic development. Recently, The Dobrusin Law Firm sponsored the Greater Pontiac Committee of 50 Economic Summit Revisit, held on April 2, 2022, at Oakland University. The mission of the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition, founded by …

Pontiac Regional Chamber Honors Eric Dobrusin With Its Champion Member of the Year Award

Pontiac Regional Chamber Honors Eric Dobrusin With Its Champion Member of the Year Award

The Pontiac Regional Chamber has named Founding Shareholder Eric Dobrusin the 2021 Champion Member of the Year (for-profit category), recognizing his contributions, volunteerism, and community leadership over the past year. The PRC bestowed the award during its 6th Annual Prosperity Pontiac Event on March 30, 2022. Eric has been a longtime Pontiac supporter and advocate, …

Too Close for Comfort: Understanding “Likelihood of Confusion” and Trademark Registration Refusals

Too Close for Comfort: Understanding “Likelihood of Confusion” and Trademark Registration Refusals

Trademarks such as brand and product names, slogans, logos, and taglines are designed to identify and distinguish businesses, goods, and services from others in the marketplace; they act as a source identifier, or they should. Every company wants its brand to stand out from competitors, and no company wants a competitor to build a brand …

Show Your Work: What Is “Patent Marking” and Why Is It Important?

Show Your Work: What Is “Patent Marking” and Why Is It Important?

You put a lot of time, money, and effort into obtaining a patent and all the valuable rights and protections that come with registration. Those rights include the potential recovery of substantial damages from others who infringe on your patent. But if you fail to let the world know about your hard work by not …

Erin Klug and Rebecca Wilson Ranked Among the Top Trademark Practitioners in World Trademark Review

Erin Klug and Rebecca Wilson Ranked Among the Top Trademark Practitioners in World Trademark Review

World Trademark Review (WTR) has recently published its annual guide, WTR 1000 2022, recognizing the top trademark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. This year, shareholders Erin Klug and Rebecca Wilson make their debuts on this prestigious list, joining an elite group of only 23 trademark attorneys achieving recognition in Michigan. Erin is described …

Federal v. State Trademark Registration: What’s the Difference and Which One Is Right for Your Brand?

Federal v. State Trademark Registration: What’s the Difference and Which One Is Right for Your Brand?

A trademark – whether a name, logo, packaging design, tagline, or slogan – is at the center of any company’s branding efforts and can be one of its most valuable assets. Like any important asset, a trademark warrants protection to preserve its value and keep others from diminishing or exploiting it for their own purposes. …

Erin Klug Elected to Secretary of the Barn Sanctuary’s Board of Directors

Erin Klug Elected to Secretary of the Barn Sanctuary’s Board of Directors

It’s no secret shareholder Erin Klug has a passion for animals and their well-being. One outlet for her passion is The Barn Sanctuary, a Chelsea, Michigan nonprofit that provides a loving home to farmed animals in crisis. Erin was recently elected to its board of directors because of her longstanding dedication to the organization and …

Bryan Lemanski Appointed to Rochester Hills Historic Districts Commission and Study Committee

Bryan Lemanski Appointed to Rochester Hills Historic Districts Commission and Study Committee

Dobrusin Law Firm attorney and Rochester Hills, Michigan resident Bryan Lemanski has been appointed to a three-year term on the city’s Historic Districts Commission. The Rochester Hills City Council selects and appoints members based on their experience in archaeology, architecture, building construction and engineering, historic preservation, and community service. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science …

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Honors Erin Klug As a “Go To Lawyer” in Intellectual Property

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Honors Erin Klug As a “Go To Lawyer” in Intellectual Property

Michigan Lawyers Weekly™ has announced its first-ever class of “Go To Lawyers” in Intellectual Property, which includes Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Erin Klug. Highly valued by her clients and well-respected by her colleagues, Erin is a standout in both the IP bar and the Michigan legal community generally. She is a talented patent, trademark, and …

“Use In Commerce”: What It Means and What Applicants Need to Show to Obtain a Trademark Registration

“Use In Commerce”: What It Means and What Applicants Need to Show to Obtain a Trademark Registration

The Lanham Act, which governs trademarks, may put things more artfully, but “use it or lose it” is a fundamental aspect of trademark law, as is “use it or never get it in the first place.” That is because the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) won’t issue a trademark registration for a mark that …

The Dobrusin Law Firm Continues Its Commitment to the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Scholarship Program for 2022

The Dobrusin Law Firm Continues Its Commitment to the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Scholarship Program for 2022

Since 1998, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation (WLAM Foundation) has encouraged and supported the next generation of women attorneys by partnering with other benefactors to fund annual scholarships. This year, the Foundation will award $42,000 to 12 outstanding law students attending Michigan’s five accredited law schools (University of Michigan Law School, WMU Cooley …

Patent Mistakes Happen. A Patent Reissue Application Can Fix Them.

Patent Mistakes Happen. A Patent Reissue Application Can Fix Them.

Nobody’s perfect, and neither are many issued patents. Often, errors and defects in a patent may threaten its validity and make it wholly or partly inoperative. In such cases, a reissue application is a valuable tool for correcting defects and ensuring the ongoing protection of a patent. What Is a Patent Reissue Application? As described …

Use It (Soon) or Lose It: Understanding “Intent-to-Use” Trademark Applications

Use It (Soon) or Lose It: Understanding “Intent-to-Use” Trademark Applications

Effective branding is a critical component of any successful, consumer-facing business. But the process of developing and trademarking a name, design, logo, or tagline for your company can and usually should be a careful and deliberate one. No business wants to invest time, money, and effort to put their brand in the marketplace, only to …

The Trademark Modernization Act and the USPTO’s New Final Rule: What Trademark Applicants and Owners Need to Know for 2022

The Trademark Modernization Act and the USPTO’s New Final Rule: What Trademark Applicants and Owners Need to Know for 2022

In December 2020, the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA) was signed into law. The TMA made several changes to the Lanham Act, the federal law that governs trademark registration in the United States. The amendments focused on three primary objectives: Clarifying the evidentiary burden a plaintiff needs to meet to obtain injunctive relief in trademark infringement …

In a Significant Change, Federal Circuit Narrows Scope of Prior Art That Could Stand in the Way of a Design Patent Application

In a Significant Change, Federal Circuit Narrows Scope of Prior Art That Could Stand in the Way of a Design Patent Application

Many patentable items will not only do something; but will look like something. A utility patent may in part protect what an “article of manufacture” does, while a design patent protects what an article of manufacture looks like (i.e., its unique exterior appearance, such as its shape, configuration, or surface ornamentation). But what happens when …

Daniela Walters, Eric Hydorn, and Bryan Lemanski Hone Their Patent Practice Skills in PTAB Mock Argument Program

Daniela Walters, Eric Hydorn, and Bryan Lemanski Hone Their Patent Practice Skills in PTAB Mock Argument Program

While much of the advocacy in patent prosecution is in the form of written words, opportunities for oral advocacy do present themselves. During prosecution, practitioners may be required to conduct examiner interviews or attend Patent Trials and Appeals Board (PTAB) hearings, both of which require such oral advocacy. The United States Patent and Trademark Office …

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Recognizes Becky Ballard as an “Unsung Legal Hero” for 2021

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Recognizes Becky Ballard as an “Unsung Legal Hero” for 2021

We are delighted to share that legal administrative assistant Becky Ballard has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2021 class of “Unsung Legal Heroes.” The Unsung Legal Hero award honors law firm employees who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty, often behind the scenes. The honor is reserved for the most talented …

The What, Why, and How of Continuation Patent Applications

The What, Why, and How of Continuation Patent Applications

The patent application and examination process is not static. After an inventor files a non-provisional patent application, there may be opportunities to modify or expand claims made in the original “parent” application or even add new claims related to the same invention before the parent issues. Continuation-type patent applications are vehicles through which inventors can …

Recently Introduced Bill Seeks to Reform PTAB and the Inter Partes Review Process to “What Congress Intended”

Recently Introduced Bill Seeks to Reform PTAB and the Inter Partes Review Process to “What Congress Intended”

As the America Invents Act (AIA) marks its 10th anniversary, one of its authors has introduced new legislation to change how the AIA-created Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) conducts its business. Sen. Patrick Leahy, along with Sen. John Cronyn, announced their “Restoring the America Invents Act” bill at the end of September to address …

Paul Palinski Helps High School Students Develop Career Skills as a Detroit Economic Club Mentor

Paul Palinski Helps High School Students Develop Career Skills as a Detroit Economic Club Mentor

Founded in 1934, the Detroit Economic Club (DEC) provides a platform for international dignitaries and business leaders to explore issues that shape the economic environment. The organization also seeks to identify and encourage tomorrow’s leaders, helping them develop professional skills through its Career Readiness Academy (CRA). Recently, Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Paul Palinski renewed his …

The Dobrusin Law Firm Included Among the “Best Law Firms” in Patent Law for 2022

The Dobrusin Law Firm Included Among the “Best Law Firms” in Patent Law for 2022

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® have released the 2022 list of the “Best Law Firms” in America, and once again, the Dobrusin Law Firm has earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking—the highest ranking in the region—for our patent law practice! For each annual edition of Best Law Firms, the publishers scrutinize client and …

Five Dobrusin Shareholders Recognized as DBusiness “Top Lawyers” for 2022

Five Dobrusin Shareholders Recognized as DBusiness “Top Lawyers” for 2022

We are delighted to announce DBusiness Magazine has selected five Dobrusin Law Firm shareholders among Metro Detroit’s “Top Lawyers” in intellectual property law for 2022. Our “Top Lawyers” and the IP categories in which they were recognized are: Eric Dobrusin — Intellectual Property; Intellectual Property and Patent Law; Trade Secrets Kristen Pursley — Intellectual Property …

Provisional v. Non-Provisional Patent Applications: What’s the Difference?

Provisional v. Non-Provisional Patent Applications: What’s the Difference?

A journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step. So, too, does the journey of a game-changing invention. That first step is the brilliant idea, the light-bulb moment. The 1,000 miles is the long road from concept to prototype to patent. It can take a lot of time and trial and error before an …

Katherine Pacynski Participates in MSU Law Panel Addressing Lawyer Jobs in Intellectual Property

Katherine Pacynski Participates in MSU Law Panel Addressing Lawyer Jobs in Intellectual Property

Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Katie Pacynski served as a panelist for a virtual discussion – The “411” on IP-Related Jobs – coordinated by Michigan State University College of Law’s Career Services Office. The panel addressed various career paths for the audience of first- and second-year law students. Topics included: Different types of intellectual property-related law …

The USPTO’s Track One Program Offers Many Inventors a Quicker Path to Obtaining a Patent

The USPTO’s Track One Program Offers Many Inventors a Quicker Path to Obtaining a Patent

Inspiration for a novel invention may happen in a flash, but the process for patenting that invention certainly doesn’t. In many, if not most cases, it can take two to three years or more for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to complete their examination of a patent application and either grant or …

Paul Palinski Joins the Council of the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Law Section

Paul Palinski Joins the Council of the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Law Section

Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Paul Palinski is the newest member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Law Section Council. He assumed his duties following a swearing-in ceremony on October 7, 2021, and will serve a three-year term. The Intellectual Property Law Section provides education and information on federal and state patent, trademark, and …

Erin Klug Voted Chair-Elect of the State Bar of Michigan’s Animal Law Section

Erin Klug Voted Chair-Elect of the State Bar of Michigan’s Animal Law Section

The members of the State Bar of Michigan’s Animal Law Section voted to install Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Erin Klug as Chair-Elect of the group’s leadership council for the 2021-2023 term. The election and took place at the section’s annual meeting in September. The Animal Law Section provides education, information, and analysis about issues of …

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