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Charles Bieneman Presents on 35 U.S.C. § 101 at AIPLA

Charlie Bieneman will present on 35 U.S.C. § 101 at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Virtual Annual Meeting Pre-Meeting, Partnering in Patents, on October 20, 2020.  Charlie Bieneman will discuss how the USPTO has implemented its January 2019 patent-eligibility guidance which refines application of the well known two-part Alice/Mayo patent-eligibility test. In Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics LLC (April 2019), the Federal Circuit declined to defer to USPTO guidance. The discussion will explore selected recent PTAB decisions to illustrate that the USPTO’s new (as of January 2019) approach to patent-eligibility may not be consistent with the Federal Circuit’s approach, consider how the PTAB is and isn’t requiring the factual predicates for patent-ineligibility described in Berkheimer v. HP, and consider practice tips to use the USPTO’s guidance while at the same time promoting consistency with the Federal Circuit’s application of the Alice/Mayo patent-eligibility test and Federal Circuit precedent implementing that test. The Pre-Meeting takes place from 10:30am-3:30pm, with the 35 U.S.C. § 101 Segment at 2:00pm.  Register here for the AIPLA Pre-Meeting.

Bejin Bieneman presents an introduction to IP law at Oakland University Society of Women Engineers and The National Society of Black Engineers

Bejin Bieneman PLC will present an IP law informational event with Oakland University Society of Women Engineers and The National Society of Black Engineers.  The event will provide an introduction to intellectual property law, and will highlight the Bejin Bieneman Diversity Scholarship Program, a scholarship to encourage traditionally underrepresented groups to go into the practice of patent law. The presentation will take place in the second floor atrium in the Oakland University Engineering Center on March 4, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm. Chris Francis and Bryan Hart from the law firm of Bejin Bieneman PLC will be presenting an introduction to intellectual property law and associated careers.  Intellectual property includes patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and Chris and Bryan will be discussing real-world examples of how rights in these types of intellectual property are obtained and legal battles that ensue.  Chris and Bryan will also discuss career paths that include using the combination of an engineering degree and law degree in the private practice of law or as corporate legal counsel.  Government employment is also available and some positions only require an engineering degree.  Chris and Bryan will also be discussing a scholarship offered by the law firm of Bejin Bieneman PLC for candidates who are interested in intellectual property law… Read More »Bejin Bieneman presents an introduction to IP law at Oakland University Society of Women Engineers and The National Society of Black Engineers

Bejin Bieneman PLC Participates in Street Law Diversity Pipeline Program

Southfield, MI – Eighteen students from Southfield High School for Arts and Technology had the opportunity to participate in a workshop featuring interactive learning about what lawyers do, working through problems in employment law and contract law. The conference concluded the Fall 2019 Street Law Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, sponsored by Bejin Bieneman PLC and partners Ford Motor Company, DRiV, Inc., and Uber.  The program partners law firms with nearby, diverse high school classes in an effort to engage the students, teach them about the law, and encourage them to consider careers in the legal profession.  Street Law is a non-profit organization that provides practical, participatory education about law, democracy, and human rights. Bejin Bieneman is one of dozens of law firms across the country collaborating with companies in the program.  About 65 companies participate and involve approximately 1,900 legal professionals who serve over 5,000 students across the U.S. each year.   Students at Thursday’s conference explored employment law and contract through interactive workshops that allowed them to understand what lawyers and paralegals do.  The conference is the culmination of a multi-week program in which participating lawyers and paralegals taught students about the law and legal profession.  Bejin Bieneman’s legal professionals also offer personal mentorship and career guidance to… Read More »Bejin Bieneman PLC Participates in Street Law Diversity Pipeline Program

Bejin Bieneman PLC Joins Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women in a Global Day of Service

Worldwide Effort Brings Together Volunteers from the Legal Profession to Support More Than 80 Community-Based Organizations Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women (LAW) is hosting the Second Annual Global Day of Service on Sept. 26, focusing on servicing organizations who support the well-being of women and girls Bejin Bieneman PLC employees will volunteer at Crossroads of Michigan and Children’s Center in Detroit The LAW Global Day of Service is part of Ford Global Caring Month, a signature worldwide event of the Ford Volunteer Corps in 34 countries during September Joining volunteers around the world, employees from Bejin Bieneman PLC will take part in the Second Annual Global Day of Service, a worldwide initiative spearheaded by Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women (LAW), the company’s professional organization focused on women in the legal practice. The coordinated global effort will assist organizations supporting the empowerment and well-being of women and girls in their respective communities. Bejin Bieneman PLC is among more than 70 law firms around the world partnering with LAW to volunteer time and perform pro bono work on a day of community service scheduled for September 26th. Bejin Bieneman PLC is bringing the Global Day of Service to Detroit, Michigan and will be volunteering at Crossroads of Michigan… Read More »Bejin Bieneman PLC Joins Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women in a Global Day of Service

Bejin Bieneman PLC Announces Addition of IP Attorney Tyson Benson

Bejin Bieneman PLC, (http://www.b2iplaw.com), an intellectual property boutique law firm, is pleased to announce that Of Counsel attorney Tyson Benson hasjoined its growing team of intellectual property attorneys. Benson concentrates hispractice on U.S. and international patent preparation, prosecution and protection.  Tyson Benson, a computer engineer, has served clients ranging from start-ups to universities to Fortune 500 companies in obtaining patent protection in a wide variety of new and emerging technologies. With special expertise in machine learning and artificial intelligence, Tyson has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of: automotive systems, electric vehicles, blockchain technologies, machine learning, integrated circuit technologies, semiconductor device fabrication, software, hardware, e-commerce, telecommunications, medical devices, and the mechanical arts. Tyson has drafted multiple claim sets that have withstood scrutiny during Inter Partes Review proceedings. Prior to entering law practice, Tyson was a DRAM Product.  “We are very excited to have this incredibly talented attorney bringing his years of experience to our firm,” said Firm Member Charles Bieneman. For more information about the Intellectual Property firm Bejin Bieneman PLC, please visit http://www.b2iplaw.com.

Bejin Bieneman PLC Announces Diversity Scholarship Program

Bejin Bieneman, PLC, announces its 2019 Scholarships for Diversity in Patent Law, to encourage those in traditionally underrepresented groups to enter the practice of patent law.  Scholarships for the 2019-20 school year are offered to law students and undergraduates who attend a Michigan university and who are from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field of patent law, including women and students of African American, Hispanic, or Native American background.  Each scholarship includes a paid internship or clerkship, where the scholarship recipient will learn about the field of patent law. The Law Student Scholarship for Diversity in Patent Law is offered to J.D. candidates with a technical undergraduate degree. The scholarship will provide a $10,000 law school tuition reimbursement award for the 2019-2020 school year, as well as a paid internship/clerkship with Bejin Bieneman PLC, where the scholarship recipient will learn how to write a patent application and other important aspects of patent law.  The Undergraduate Student Scholarship for Diversity in Patent Law is offered to an undergraduate engineering student with an interest in the legal profession.  The scholarship will provide a $2500 tuition reimbursement for the 2019-2020 school year. The award also includes a 25 hour-per-week, ten-week paid internship with Bejin Bieneman PLC, where scholarship recipients will learn about… Read More »Bejin Bieneman PLC Announces Diversity Scholarship Program

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