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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 …

Rebecca Wilson and Kiwanis Club of Macomb Resume Fundraising for Children’s Charities

Rebecca Wilson and Kiwanis Club of Macomb Resume Fundraising for Children’s Charities

In another act of community involvement, Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Rebecca Wilson has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Macomb since it was chartered. Although the pandemic halted their philanthropic activities in 2020, Becky and her Kiwanis Club colleagues resumed their fundraising efforts earlier this year, continuing their mission to support local children’s …

Main Street Pontiac Announces the Creation of “The Circuit” Social District

Main Street Pontiac Announces the Creation of “The Circuit” Social District

As many people know, Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Daniela Walters is an avid supporter of our hometown of Pontiac. In 2017, she co-founded Main Street Pontiac, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a vibrant, safe, and inclusive downtown in Pontiac by collaborating with partners in the city, and she currently serves as treasurer. Earlier this …

LexisNexis Releases 2021 Edition of “Intellectual Property Culture: Strategy and Compliance” Co-Authored by Eric Dobrusin and Kristen Pursley

LexisNexis Releases 2021 Edition of “Intellectual Property Culture: Strategy and Compliance” Co-Authored by Eric Dobrusin and Kristen Pursley

First released in 2007, “Intellectual Property Culture: Strategy and Compliance” provides lawyers and company executives with practical advice for constructing and managing intellectual property-oriented business cultures in the United States and abroad. LexisNexis recently released the 2021 edition of the book, which features extended discussion of U.S. Supreme Court patent cases and federal statutes along with …

Dobrusin Law Firm Attorneys Tee Up and Help Out to Support Common Ground

Dobrusin Law Firm Attorneys Tee Up and Help Out to Support Common Ground

Common Ground is a 24-hour crisis services agency committed to helping youths, adults, and families in turmoil. By phone, online, and in-person, the nonprofit organization serves the community by providing professional and compassionate assistance to more than 80,000 people annually. Common Ground also holds a special place in our hearts – not only do they …

Building and Shredding at the 2021 Phoenix Derby Races!

Building and Shredding at the 2021 Phoenix Derby Races!

Each year, the Dobrusin Law Firm comes out in full force to sponsor and support the Main Street Pontiac Phoenix Derby Races! Although the pandemic forced a cancellation in 2020, the event returned for a third year – with a slight change of vehicle. In the past, the Races teamed area middle and high school …

Six Dobrusin Law Firm Attorneys Named Among the 2022 Best Lawyers in America©

Six Dobrusin Law Firm Attorneys Named Among the 2022 Best Lawyers in America©

The Dobrusin Law Firm is delighted to announce that six of our intellectual property attorneys have been included in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Founding Shareholder Eric Dobrusin and Managing Shareholder Kristen Pursley named to the 2022 list of Best Lawyers®. They both practice in the areas of intellectual property law …

Seven Dobrusin Law Firm Attorneys Included on the 2021 List of Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Seven Dobrusin Law Firm Attorneys Included on the 2021 List of Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

The Dobrusin Law Firm is pleased to announce seven of its shareholders were named to the 2021 edition of Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Founding shareholder Eric Dobrusin focuses his practice on patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with an emphasis on materials science. He has appeared on the Super Lawyers list each year …

Client Alert: Scammers Targeting IP Owners With Fake Fee Notices

Client Alert: Scammers Targeting IP Owners With Fake Fee Notices

It seems that around every corner lately, a scam awaits.  Well, the same can be said as it relates to the patent and trademark world. Patent and trademark owners don’t want to inadvertently lose their valuable intellectual property rights because they failed to pay required maintenance fees or file necessary paperwork with the U.S. Patent …

Paul J. Palinski Appointed to McLaren Oakland’s Board of Trustees

Paul J. Palinski Appointed to McLaren Oakland’s Board of Trustees

Dobrusin Law shareholder Paul J. Palinski has been named to the board of trustees of McLaren Oakland, a 328-bed hospital providing primary and specialty healthcare services to the greater Pontiac and Oakland County communities. “Social responsibility is a pillar of our law firm, as is our commitment to Pontiac,” said Mr. Palinski, who devotes his …

“Inside Out” Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Should Animate All Creators to Obtain Copyright Registration for Their Works

“Inside Out” Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Should Animate All Creators to Obtain Copyright Registration for Their Works

Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust were the five personified emotions felt by a young girl named Riley in the animated 2015 Disney/Pixar blockbuster “Inside Out.” A Canadian filmmaker who is likely filled with anger and disgust at the makers of the movie may feel a bit of joy now that a Canadian court has …

IPR Decisions Now Reviewable by Director of Patent Office After Supreme Court Fixes Constitutional Defect With PTAB Judges

IPR Decisions Now Reviewable by Director of Patent Office After Supreme Court Fixes Constitutional Defect With PTAB Judges

In a much-anticipated decision involving the constitutionality of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v. Arthrex that the appointment of PTAB administrative patent judges (APJs) by the secretary of commerce violated the Constitution’s Appointments Clause. But rather than throw the entire inter partes review process and all other …

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

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 …

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Spotlights The Dobrusin Law Firm’s Involvement With the Pontiac Community

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Spotlights The Dobrusin Law Firm’s Involvement With the Pontiac Community

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a weekly publication covering legal news around the state, recently featured the Dobrusin Law Firm and our involvement with the City of Pontiac. In “A Sidebar With Eric Dobrusin,” digital editor Kelly Caplan interviewed our founding shareholder about the many area activities and events the firm sponsors. Here are a few excerpts. …

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

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 …

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

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 …

What President Biden’s Recent Executive Order on Promoting Competition Means for IP

What President Biden’s Recent Executive Order on Promoting Competition Means for IP

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a sweeping executive order authorizing and facilitating a “whole of government approach” designed to promote competition and innovation, reduce marketplace consolidation, and protect the interests of workers, farmers, consumers, and small business owners. The “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy” touches upon almost every …

The Dobrusin Law Firm Is Helping to Make the Pontiac Skatepark Project a Reality

The Dobrusin Law Firm Is Helping to Make the Pontiac Skatepark Project a Reality

In Pontiac, longboarders and shortboarders need a new place to ride. Providing a modern skatepark is the impetus behind a new project in the city, one the Dobrusin Law Firm actively and proudly supports. The Pontiac Skatepark Project seeks to build a safe, accessible, and sustainable 10,000 square-foot facility for youth and adults. Tentatively slated …

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