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April MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, April 30 2019, 11:30PM - 1:00PM, at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield

On April 30, Susan Kornfield of Bodman PLC will be presenting an update on copyright, trademarks, right of publicity, and the First Amendment with respect to intellectual property.

The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield

February MIPLA Luncheon

Wednesday, February 27 2019, 12:00PM - 1:00PM, at Somerset Inn, Troy, MI

A Powerpoint document of the presentation can be found below:

MIPLA presentation

Joop Elzas and Robbert Keij of the Netherlands-based firm Arnold & Siedsma will present an Update on European Trademark Law, including:

(1) the European system and the legislative changes that have been adopted over the past few years;
(2) some recent relevant cases of the European Court of Justice; and
(3) the developments around Brexit.

Discussion with Acting Register of Copyrights

Thursday, February 21 2019, 2:00PM - 6:00PM, at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Karyn A. Temple, the acting Register of Copyrights, will give a presentation on the current state of the Copyright Office A panel discussion and cocktail reception will follow.

Space is limited. Tickets are complimentary with a requested $10 donation at the door.
Please be considerate when RSVP’ing. Cancelation will be accepted up to 3 days prior.
Please see the RSVP link in the flyer. The event password is “copyright”.

February 21, 2019
2:00 – 6:00 PM
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
651 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit MI

September MIPLA Luncheon

Friday, September 07 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, at Skyline Club (2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075)

September Lunch & Learn
Mary Denison – the USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks will be speaking on the “State of the Trademark Office.”
Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075
Friday, September 7, 2018
11:30 – 1pm
Please RSVP to Chris Smith ( or Tiye Greene ( by September 2, 2018.
$25 members / $30 non-members
Ms. Denison joined the USPTO in 2011 as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations where she was responsible for USPTO trademark application, legal examination, and registration processes. She has led outreach to the trademark legal community, small businesses, and applicants without legal counsel, and has been an active participant in meetings with the world’s largest trademark offices, promoting projects aimed at harmonizing trademark practices and procedures.
Please join us in welcoming her!

2018 MIPLA Judge’s Banquet and Golf/Tennis Outing

Monday, August 20 2018, 11:00AM - 9:00PM, at Wabeek Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, MI


World IP Day Michigan at MSU College of Law

Thursday, April 26 2018, 8:30AM - 1:00PM, at MSU College of Law

(Note: this is a 3rd party event and is not sponsored by MIPLA)

Join MSU’s A-CAPP Center, International Business Center, and Global Food Law for a half-day event in recognition of World IP Day. Participants will engage in a networking lunch and three discussion panels, Packaging Challenges and Opportunities, Protecting Your IP on E-Commerce, and Emerging Markets: Best Practices for IP Issues.

For questions or additional event information, please contact Kari Kammel

Design Day

Wednesday, April 25 2018, 8:30AM - 5:00PM, at Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO

Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO
300 River Place Drive 
Suite 2900 
Detroit MI 48207

Learn about new USPTO developments
ID5 initiative
Hague System from WIPO’s perspective
Webinar and Live Panel
Best Practices, and more!

Please register: Questions? Call us at: 313-446-4800

China IP Road Show with Conrad Wong

Tuesday, April 24 2018, 2:00PM - 4:00PM, at Next Energy Auditorium

Please join AutoHarvest, TechTown Detroit, and Next Energy as they welcome James O. Wilson, Assistant Regional Director from the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Conrad Wong, Attorney-Advisor, China IP Team from the Office of Policy and International Affairs of USPTO. The program will include a presentation and discussion on the differences between Chinese and U.S. IP law, the USPTO IP Attaché program, seizure statistics, and intellectual property enforcement challenges in China.

Space is limited, please register in advance.

Parking is available on first come, first serve, basis at the TechTown Detroit parking lot located off of Amsterdam St., between Cass Ave. and Woodward Ave.

Next Energy Auditorium
461 Burroughs St.
Detroit, MI 48202

Questions? Please call 313-446-4800.

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April MIPLA Luncheon (Including Vote on New MIPLA Officers for 2018-2019 and Amendment to the Bylaws)

Tuesday, April 17 2018, 11:30am - 12:45pm, at Maggiano's in Troy

Protecting brands from online threats is vital in today’s digital economy. The ease of online international transactions and the ubiquity of social media complicates brand protection. Brett Heavner will present case studies illustrating practical approaches to domain name disputes, online counterfeit sales, phishing scams, social media, key word purchasing, and international policing programs.

Please note that we will also be taking this opportunity to vote on the new slate of MIPLA Officers for 2018-2019, as well as an amendment to MIPLA bylaws.

Speaker(s): Brett Heavner of Finnegan & Henderson

Topic(s): Trademark Enforcement Strategies for the Digital Age

“Celebrating Our Diverse Bar” Mixer

Thursday, March 22 2018, - 7:30PM, at Cost Plus Wine Shoppe, Eastern Market

In view of our ongoing support for the diversity efforts of the State Bar, MIPLA would like to call your attention to the 8th Annual “Celebrating Our Diverse Bar” Mixer:

Celebrating Our Diverse Bar

“Join your friends and colleagues from local and affinity bar associations throughout Metro Detroit for an evening celebrating the diversity of our legal community. This special event is a fun, relaxed opportunity for local attorneys to make new connections and strengthen their existing networks.”

Admission is $20, $10 for students, and complimentary for members of the judiciary. Advance registration is required for everyone. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks included. Parking is free.

February MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, February 27 2018, 11:30am - 12:45pm, at Somerset Inn of Troy

Many business agreements contain provisions that transfer or modify the parties’ rights in intellectual property assets. Common IP-related contracts include assignments, licenses, joint development agreements, nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements, and other commercial agreements. These instruments raise important issues because they are negotiated and performed at the intersection of multiple bodies of law. The interpretation and enforceability of a contractual provision affecting IP rights can be affected by substantive intellectual property law, general contract law principles, or rules from other areas of law, such as bankruptcy and freedom of expression. As a result, provisions in licenses and other contracts involving intellectual property rights sometimes prove to be unenforceable or are interpreted in ways that the parties did not expect.

This program will explore common provisions which are “all bark and no bite:” Parties may insert them into agreements affecting IP rights. But the provisions may have unforeseen consequences or, in some cases, may be unenforceable at all. “All bark” provisions can affect all forms of IP rights, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks, in a wide variety of agreements.

Cost – $25 members; $30 non-members
RSVP – To Joe Pytel ( by February 22, 2018

Speaker(s): David Berry and Christopher Smith of Brooks Kushman

Topic(s): All Bark, No Bite: An analysis of IP contractual terms that are unenforceable or result in unintended consequences

Federal Bar Association Luncheon

Friday, February 16 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm, at Detroit Federal Courthouse, Room 115, 231 West Lafayette, Detroit, MI

(Note: this is a 3rd party event and is not sponsored by MIPLA)

Intellectual Property Committee Seminar on Intellectual Property in Augmented and Virtual Reality

Learn about the amazing potential of augmented reality technology and the intellectual property considerations that come along with it.
Attendees will be able to try on new virtual reality goggles.

Starts at noon and includes lunch.

Cost: $25 FBA Members; $30 Non-Members
Register at

Speaker(s): Brian Wassom of Warner Norcross & Judd

Topic(s): Intellectual Property in Augmented and Virtual Reality

January MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, January 30 2018, 11:30am - 12:45pm, at Skyline Club (2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075)

The 2011 America Invents Act brought to shareholders in the patent community seemingly potent alternatives to the extraordinary expense and uncertainty of patent litigation in the United States District Court system. Now approaching their fifth year, Inter Partes Reviews and, to a lesser extent, Post-Grant Reviews and Covered Business Method Reviews, allow parties to bring challenges regarding the validity of a United States patent directly before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, an administrative body comprised of administrative law judges, rather than before Article III judges. While these alternatives still enjoy significant popularity today, recent developments may cause invalidity seekers to reconsider. Additionally, the United States Supreme Court is presently considering whether or not these alternatives are even constitutional, and may strike down these alternatives all together.

Mr. Underwood’s Talk will address the history of post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, particularly in the context of the America Invents Act, and compare these proceedings to patent litigation in the United States District Court system. The Talk will also consider the impact of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal, which reversed the rule placing on the patentee the burden of persuasion that amendments to patent claims presented during such post-grant proceedings were patentable. Presumably, the ability to amend patent claims during these post-grant proceedings will become more liberal and commonplace, potentially lowering the risk of a finding of patent invalidity. The Talk will conclude by exploring the potentially devastating impact of the United States Supreme Court’s consideration of the Constitutionality of such post-grant proceedings in the context of the patent owner’s right to a jury trial on the issue of invalidity under the Seventh Amendment in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC.

Speaker(s): Steven Underwood of Price Heneveld

Topic(s): The Untimely Death of the IPR

Licensing Executives Society (LES) Happy Hour and Networking Event

Tuesday, January 23 2018, - 8:00PM, at Jolly Pumpkin, 419 S. Maint St., Royal Oak, MI 48067

(Note: this is a 3rd party event and is not sponsored by MIPLA)

LES Michigan Chapter presents:

Let’s Talk IP Management, Strategy and Dealmaking

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) is the premier organization in intellectual property (IP) management, strategy and dealmaking. LES Michigan is pleased to provide this happy hour as an excuse to get out of the office and mingle with the leading executives and other professionals the field. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Eastern

Jolly Pumpkin
419 S. Main St.
Royal Oaks, MI 48067
United States

Through January 16:
LES Member/LES Student:$20.00
Non-Member:$25.00 After January 16:
LES Member/LES Student:$25.00

Registrations are non-refundable, but substitutions will be accepted. Contact Chapter Relations for assistance: (703) 234-4058.

Disability and Dietary Requests:
Requests for ADA accommodations and special dietary needs should be submitted to the event contact on the registration page.

Photography Consent:
By registering for this event, you permit LES and its chapters to use photographs of you with or without your name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and web content.

Intellectual Property Bar Open House and Networking (JAMS Detroit)

Thursday, November 16 2017, at JAMS Detroit (150 West Jefferson, Detroit, MI)

(Note: this is a 3rd party event and is not sponsored by MIPLA)

In February of this year JAMS, the largest private provider of arbitration and mediation services worldwide, opened its doors in Detroit. Our “founding four,” Mary Beth Kelly, Clarence Pozza, Steve Rhodes and Jerry Rosen have enjoyed a warm reception in the Detroit legal market.
To celebrate that success, we’re hosting a number of small receptions at our 150 West Jefferson offices. Our next get together will take place on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 from 5 to 7 o’clock in the evening. Beer, wine and light fare are on offer. Come get to know the JAMS team and network with members of the larger intellectual property community.
Please RSVP by email to Donna Vinson at, and please feel free to forward this invitation to a friend or colleague you feel may be interested in attending.

Sarah Nevins
Business Manager
JAMS Detroit

October MIPLA Luncheon

Wednesday, October 25 2017, 11:30am - 1:30pm, at Skyline Club (2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075)

Professor John Rothchild will be speaking on “Artificial Intelligences as Consumers and Creators of Intellectual Property.”

2017 MIPLA Judge’s Banquet and Golf/Tennis Outing

Monday, August 21 2017, 11:00 am - 9:00PM, at Wabeek Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, MI


MIPLA Spring Fling

Tuesday, June 20 2017, 5:00PM - 8:00PM, at Great Lakes Culinary Center

Dear MIPLA members (past and present):

Please join us on Tuesday June 20, 2017 (5-8PM) for a casual evening of food and drinks at the Great Lakes Culinary Center in Southfield. Please see the attachment for more details.

Please RSVP to Tim Bradley at<> by June 13, 2017.

We will also be voting on new officers for the 2017-18 season (see proposed names and positions below).

We hope to see you on June 20th!

President: Daniel Hegner
1st Vice-President: Rachel Smith
2nd Vice-President: Karin Butchko
Secretary: Brent Seitz
Treasurer: Tim Bradley
Board of Managers: Jonathan Nikkila, Vichit Chea

Attendance Chair: Joseph Pytel
Membership Chair: Jessica Sachs
CLE Chairs: Shannon Smith, Chris Smith
Law School Liaisons: Peter Keros, Tiye Greene
Web Admin: Damian Aquino


April MIPLA Luncheon

Wednesday, April 26 2017, 11:30am - 1:30pm, at Maggiano's in Troy

Registration begins at 11:30 am with lunch and the presentation following at noon.

Speaker(s): Patrick Huston (The Huston Law Firm)

Topic(s): Winning Defend Trade Secrets Act Cases

February MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, February 21 2017, 11:30am - 1:30pm, at Skyline Club (2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075)

Registration begins at 11:30 am with lunch and the presentation following at noon.

Speaker(s): David Hannon of Bejin Bieneman PLC

Topic(s): Trademarks: Online Evidence for the Use in Commerce Requirement