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Charles Bieneman and Daniel Hegner to Present on Recent Developments in U.S. Patent Law in Toronto, Canada

Southfield, MI (February 5, 2019) – Bejin Bieneman partners, Charles Bieneman and Daniel Hegner, will present on recent developments in U.S. patent law to the Toronto Intellectual Property Group on February 27 from 5:30 – 8:30pm at Rosewater Room in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Bieneman and Mr. Hegner will discuss recent developments that affect how practitioners prepare and prosecute applications for inventions with functional elements. They will focus on the test governing subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101, as well as how to support functional claim limitations to meet the written description and enablement requirements of 35 U.S.C. 112. Cases in the last year have refined, if not outright changed, the requirements for showing subject matter eligibility, and the USPTO recently promulgated new examination guidelines for both 101 and 112. For more information on the presentation and to register, visit the Toronto Intellectual Property Group website.

2018 A Year in Review

Southfield, MI (December 20, 2018) – As 2018 comes to a close, we reflect on all the exciting changes that have happened throughout the year: Moved to a New Office in Southfield, MI This year commenced in our new office in Southfield, Michigan. The new space allowed for more room to grow the firm and an ideal location for our clients. A video tour of the office is found on the Bejin Bieneman YouTube page.  Daniel Hegner Presented on Functional Claiming Around the Nation Throughout the year, Daniel Hegner, member of Bejin Bieneman PLC, had various opportunities to travel around the U.S. to give a presentation to different IP organizations on the topic of functional patent claims. As part of his talks, Mr. Hegner also delivered the presentation on Bejin Bieneman’s B2 IP Webinar series in October. A recording of the presentation is found on the Bejin Bieneman YouTube page.  Welcomed Two Attorneys and One Law Clerk to the Firm This year Bejin Bieneman welcomed two attorneys and one law clerk to the firm. David Hannon joined as Of Counsel, Chintan Patel joined as an associate and Brittany Leigh joined as a Law Clerk. Hosted 6thAnnual IP Seminar at the Detroit Athletic Club On September 13, 2018, Bejin Bieneman PLC along with Dennemeyer… Read More »2018 A Year in Review

Daniel Hegner’s Presentation on Functional Claiming

Southfield, MI (November 7, 2018) – Throughout the year, Daniel Hegner, member of Bejin Bieneman PLC, has taken various opportunities to travel around the U.S. giving a presentation to different IP organizations on the topic of functional patent claims. On November 13 from 12 to 1:15pm, Mr. Hegner presents on Functional Claiming at the CinciIP Luncheon that is taking place at the Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Per his discussion, recent decisions under 35 U.S.C. §§ 101, 112, and 103 come into focus when viewed through a common lens. As part of the presentation, Mr. Hegner discusses the convergence of federal court and PTAB decisions questioning functional language in patent claims. He then takes a practical look at the evolving challenges to functional claiming, providing tips to assist the practitioner in taking advantage of U.S. law permitting functional claim language, but at the same time avoiding functional-claiming pitfalls. For more information and to register, visit the CinciIP website. For those unable to attend the luncheon, Mr. Hegner recently presented the talk on Bejin Bieneman’s B2 IP Webinar series. A recording of the presentation is below and available on the Bejin Bieneman YouTube page.   For more information on Daniel Hegner please visit his biography. To learn more about upcoming presentations or… Read More »Daniel Hegner’s Presentation on Functional Claiming

Bejin Bieneman, PLC, Welcomes Of Counsel David Hannon

Southfield, MI (October 29, 2018) – David Hannon is joining Bejin Bieneman, PLC, as Of Counsel. Mr. Hannon was previously with Bejin Bieneman from 2014-2017, and the firm is delighted to welcome him back. David Hannon has extensive experience in many areas of intellectual property law. His practice focuses on contested matters, trademark and copyright counseling, and IP procurement and portfolio management. Throughout his career, Mr. Hannon has managed domestic and foreign trademark portfolios. He has prepared and prosecuted numerous copyright applications, with an emphasis on works covering “useful articles” as defined under the U.S. copyright laws. Mr. Hannon has conducted and prepared legal opinions on trademark clearance searches, as well as prepared opinions on the validity and scope of patents. He has worked on a variety of transactional matters; such as license agreements and agreements between suppliers and manufacturers, and conducted due diligence for corporate transactions. Finally, Mr. Hannon has gained invaluable experience in IP litigation and dispute resolution. He has served on the trial counsel team in two successful federal copyright infringement trials, representing the client in each phase of the litigation. He has also represented clients in civil counterfeiting and domain name anti-cybersquatting claims. Mr. Hannon obtained his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in Chicago where he… Read More »Bejin Bieneman, PLC, Welcomes Of Counsel David Hannon

Charles Bieneman To Moderate Panel at AIPLA Annual Meeting

Southfield, MI (October 22, 2018) – Charles Bieneman, member of Bejin Bieneman, PLC, will moderate a plenary session of this year’s AIPLA annual meeting covering The Nonobviousness of Obvious-ness: Best Practices for Overcoming Obvious Rejections. Every year the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) puts on an annual three-day conference for lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community, as well as patent agents and other IP law professionals looking to maximize their skills. The panel will provide practical tips and tricks for combating patent examiners’ obviousness rejections. Topics will include combining references under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in KSR v. Teleflex, secondary considerations of non-obviousness, and inherency. The AIPLA annual meeting will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC and will run from October 25th to October 27th.  Mr. Bieneman’s panel will make its presentation on October 26. About Bejin Bieneman, PLC Bejin Bieneman PLC is a full-service intellectual property law firm, serving clients nationally and internationally. The firm maximizes returns on client’s long-term investments by understanding client business objectives. Bejin Bieneman’s attorneys counsel clients on complex patent and trademark prosecution and litigation issues and provide intellectual property services in a timely and well-executed manner.

Christopher Francis and Daniel Hegner Featured as Panelists on Strafford Live CLE Webinar: Using Broadest Reasonable Interpretation to Your Advantage in Patent Prosecution

Southfield, MI (August 30, 2018) – Christopher Francis and Daniel Hegner, both members of Bejin Bieneman, are the featured panelists on a CLE Strafford webinar on September 27 at 1:00pm EDT titled, Using Broadest Reasonable Interpretation to Your Advantage in Patent Prosecution. Patent examiners often interpret claims more broadly than is reasonable to practitioners, but they lack tools to fight the interpretation. However, PTAB and Federal Circuit cases show limits to examiners’ use of BRI in patent prosecution. The rulings underscore the importance of making focused arguments highlighting the ordinary and customary meaning of claim terms consistent with the specification and drawings. Patentees and their counsel should focus on the plain and ordinary meaning of claim terms against the patent specification. During the webinar, Mr. Francis and Mr. Hegner will examine the BRI standard and how it is being applied. They will provide practical lessons for using BRI to your advantage in prosecution by examining recent Federal Circuit and USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions. The following high priority issues will be addressed: What guidance do Federal Circuit and PTAB decisions give patent counsel on the application of BRI? What arguments are useful in overcoming patent examiners’ unreasonable claim interpretations? Why is defining claim terms in the specification and using the… Read More »Christopher Francis and Daniel Hegner Featured as Panelists on Strafford Live CLE Webinar: Using Broadest Reasonable Interpretation to Your Advantage in Patent Prosecution

Bejin Bieneman to Host Its 6th Annual IP Seminar Co-Sponsored by Dennemeyer IP Group at the Detroit Athletic Club

Southfield, MI (August 6, 2018) – On September 13, 2018 starting at 3pm, Bejin Bieneman PLC along with Dennemeyer IP Group will host its 6th annual IP Seminar at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC).  This year’s theme is Trends and Best Practices for Global Patent Management. One panel of speakers includes outside counsel who will discuss patent issues experienced by U.S. clients in Europe, China, and Japan, and the other panel includes U.S. in-house counsel who will discuss global issues from a U.S. corporate aspect. The seminar will take place from 3pm – 5pm and will be followed by a networking event from 5pm – 7pm. Below is a general outline of the event:   3:00 – 4:00: Outside Counsel Panel Compare/Contrast Patent Issues Facing U.S. Clients in Europe, China, and Japan Post-Grant Validity Challenges in Europe, China, and Japan Software Protection in Europe, China, and Japan Design Patents in Europe, China, and Japan 4:00 – 5:00: In-House Counsel Panel Management/Tracking Different Judicial Frameworks Global Freedom-to-Operate Investigations Managing Global Costs – The seminar is being submitted for 2.0 CLE credit hours in Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Washington. The seminar will be streamed live via WebEx.   Panelists Outside Counsel Sullivan Fountain Partner Keltie LLP Jonathan Yuan Of Counsel… Read More »Bejin Bieneman to Host Its 6th Annual IP Seminar Co-Sponsored by Dennemeyer IP Group at the Detroit Athletic Club

Charles Bieneman to Present at Strafford Live CLE Webinar: Overcoming §101 Rejections for Computer and Electronics Related Patents

Southfield, MI (March 27, 2018) – On Thursday, April 19 at 1pm EDT, Bejin Bieneman PLC partner Charles Bieneman, along with Michael P. Shepherd of Fish & Richardson, will present Strafford’s Live CLE Webinar, Overcoming §101 Rejections for Computer and Electronics Related Patents. Mr. Bieneman and Mr. Shepherd will provide advice for overcoming the USPTO’s rejections under Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Corp., and 35 U.S.C. § 101.  The panel will focus on rejections for computer and electronics related patents. More information is available on the Strafford website. About Bejin Bieneman, PLC Bejin Bieneman PLC is a full-service intellectual property law firm, serving clients nationally and internationally. The firm maximizes returns on client’s long-term investments by understanding client business objectives. Bejin Bieneman’s attorneys counsel clients on complex patent and trademark prosecution and litigation issues and provide intellectual property services in a timely and well-executed manner.

Peter Keros Elected President of Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan

Southfield, MI (March 20, 2018) – Peter Keros of Bejin Bieneman was recently elected President of the Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan. The Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan is dedicated to Greek-American legal professionals and to the entire Greek-American community of Michigan. In particular, the Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan serves to foster understanding of Hellenic tradition and to encourage those of Greek descent in the law. Mr. Keros’ new role is to foster the organization’s vision and to encourage rising members. His current plans focus on increasing visibility of the association throughout Southeast Michigan and building leaders among Greek lawyers. The HBA currently hosts networking events and provides outreach to the greater Greek community, including celebrating in the annual Greek Independence Day Parade. “I joined the Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan in Fall 2017 because it allowed me to embrace my heritage and to connect with other lawyers who share this proud heritage. The Greek-American legal community is strong in Michigan, and the HBA helps us to build that community further,” said Mr. Keros. The Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan is open to all those interested in the Greek community. For more information on how to join, e-mail Peter Keros at keros@b2iplaw.com. The Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan The… Read More »Peter Keros Elected President of Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan

Stephen J. Kontos to Present on Federal Circuit Decision, Berkheimer v HP Inc. at AIPLA Teleconference

Southfield, MI (March 15, 2018) – Stephen J. Kontos of Bejin Bieneman will be participating in the AIPLA Patent Law Committee (Hot Topics Program Subcommittee) Teleconference on March 20, 2018 at 1:00 EST. The teleconference will focus on three recent Federal Circuit decisions and a petition for cert requesting Supreme Court review of a fourth Federal Circuit decision. Mr. Kontos will be discussing Berkheimer v. HP Inc., where the Federal Circuit discussed whether certain issues of patent eligibility are questions of fact that must be proven by clear and convincing evidence. The other decisions that will be discussed include: Aatrix Software, Inc. v. Green Shades Software, Automated Tracking Solutions v. Coca Cola, and Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. Tue Health Diagnostics LLC. For more information, visit the AIPLA or Patent Law Committee website. About Bejin Bieneman, PLC Bejin Bieneman PLC is a full-service intellectual property law firm, serving clients nationally and internationally. The firm maximizes returns on client’s long-term investments by understanding client business objectives. Bejin Bieneman’s attorneys counsel clients on complex patent and trademark prosecution and litigation issues and provide intellectual property services in a timely and well-executed manner.