The State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section will host a USPTO AIA Roundtable program  at Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, Michigan on April 24, 2014 beginning at 1:00 PM. The Section will host a reception for the PTAB judges and USPTO representatives from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Law School, 2630 Featherstone Road.


This year’s roundtable program will focus on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Inter Partes Review and Covered Business Method administrative challenge proceedings. The program will include information about the new AIA trials including statistics, lessons learned, and techniques for successful motions practice. The PTAB is especially interested in receiving feedback about the trials and will feature a panel discussion to elicit public input. At each roundtable, at least five administrative patent judges will participate and be available for questions and conversation.

More information about the program is available on the USPTO PTAB microsite.


INC. Magazine’s April 2014 issue identifies the 20 most innovative cities in the U.S., based on patents issued and presence of “innovation clusters” in specific technical fields.  The On-line version of the article is HERE.


Choon’s Design LLC v. Zenacon, LLC, Case No. 13-13568 (2014 WL 1400104) (E.D. Mich. April 10, 2014).

A plaintiff in five different patent infringement cases pending before different judges in the district moved to reassign the cases to a single judge under Local Rule 83.11(b), citing the evident docket and judicial efficiency that would result from bringing the actions before the same judge. District Judge Patrick J. Duggan denied the motion. First, Duggan held that although Local Rule 83.11(b) permits reassignment of cases sua sponte, the rule “does not provide for, or invite, motions by counsel.” Second, Judge Duggan noted that the cases were not suited for reassignment to a single judge in any event, because they involved somewhat differing claims and issues and were at different stages of litigation.  [click to continue…]


Last year we reported on a copyright suit filed by local photographer Brian Masck against former U-M Football great Desmond Howard, Sports Illustrated, and others for infringing the copyright to Masck’s iconic photograph of Howard striking a “Heisman” pose during a touchdown celebration.  The suit led to Howard’s tweet expressing disbelief that someone was suing him over a photograph of himself.  See prior stories here and here.


Today Howard and Masck announced a settlement of claims against Howard. The settlement apparently includes the assignment of the copyright to the photograph to Howard.  More details Here.


MIPLA Considers Patent Damages For April Meeting

March 29, 2014

MIPLA’s April 8, 2014 meeting will feature Rick Bero of The Bero Group presenting on “Hot Topics in Patent Damages.”   More details below. ShareTweet

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State Bar IP Section Meeting Tomorrow

March 23, 2014

Just a quick reminder that the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section Spring IP Seminar is Monday, March 24 at the Kellogg Conference Center in East Lansing. Good speakers; Good networking. For those who cannot attend, I will be tweeting the highlights of the patent law track using the hashtag #IPLSSpring2014. You can […]

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Save The Date – World IP Day Returns to Detroit April 23

March 21, 2014

The 14th annual World Intellectual Property Day in Detroit, a celebration of IP rights and innovation sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will be Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 4-7 P.M. at Stagecrafter’s Baldwin Theater, 415 S. Lafayette, in Royal Oak. The theme for this year’s event […]

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DJ Lawson Grants Closely Tailored Permanent Injunction In Trademark Dispute Despite Lack Of Actual Damages Or Intent To Infringe

March 19, 2014

CFE Racing Products, Inc. v. BMF Wheels, Inc., No. 11-13744, 2014 WL 700476 (E.D. Mich. Feb 24, 2014). In a recent case, U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson granted a permanent injunction in favor of a trademark owner, despite a jury verdict that the plaintiff suffered no monetary damages from the alleged use. Applying the […]

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Four New Judges Confirmed for ED Michigan

March 12, 2014

On March 11,  the U.S. Senate confirmed four (yes, four) nominees to be District Judges on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. All four confirmation votes were unanimous. Judith Ellen Levy is formerly an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District, and most recently was Chief of the Civil Rights Unit. […]

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IPLS Announces Stellar 2014 Mackinac IP Summer Insititute Program

March 7, 2014

Although it looks like the snow piles will be with us for a while, it is time to start thinking about summer lakeshore breezes, horse drawn carriages, and (of course) the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section’s annual IP Summer Institute. This year will mark the 40th anniversary for the event and the […]

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