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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.

Bejin Bieneman Partner Launches New Patent Podcast Channel, PatentXP

Level Up Your Patent Skills Southfield, MI (January 30, 2018) – Stephen J. Kontos, a member of Bejin Bieneman, recently launched a new patent podcast channel titled, PatentXP: Level Up Your Patent Skills. The podcast covers recent Supreme Court, Federal Circuit, District Court, and PTAB decisions relating to US patent practice. Steve decided to enter the world of podcasting after noticing how few patent podcasts are available. Taking inspiration from the famous Ghandi quote, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world,” Steve started the podcast to talk about topics relevant to his patent practice. Knowing that patent practitioners are busy, Steve wanted each episode to be short (each episode is less than 7 minutes) and to focus on only one topic. “Nobody wants to listen to a 20-minute podcast episode that could have made the same point in under five minutes. I try to quickly get to the point and offer some valuable insights and practice tips so the listener doesn’t feel like I’m wasting his or her time,” said Steve. The “XP” in the title of the show refers to “experience points,” which is a term used in the gaming industry (specifically role-playing games). The concept in those games is that you earn experience points… Read More »Bejin Bieneman Partner Launches New Patent Podcast Channel, PatentXP

2017 A Year in Review

Detroit, MI (December 29, 2017) – With 2018 just days away, Bejin Bieneman is delighted about all the new and exciting firm events that took place over the last 12 months.   Bejin Bieneman Names Daniel Hegner Partner This month, Bejin Bieneman announced the news of Daniel Hegner being named as partner of the firm, effective January 1, 2018. He joins present firm members Thomas Bejin, Charles Bieneman, Stephen Kontos, and Christopher Francis. Bejin Bieneman IP Seminar 2017 On September 28, Bejin Bieneman hosted its 5th annual IP Seminar at the Detroit Athletic Club. The seminar was approved for CLE in surrounding states and the turnout was excellent. The set up was a panel discussion with Judge Randall Ray Rader, Judge Gerald Ellis Rosen, and Thomas Bejin focusing on mediation advocacy. You can find a recording of the seminar on our YouTube channel. Two Bejin Bieneman Attorneys Named to Leadership Positions of the MIPLA for 2017-2018 The Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) is an association of intellectual property attorneys, patent agents, and law students from across the State of Michigan who are interested in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property issues. Daniel Hegner, member of Bejin Bieneman PLC, was elected to President and Peter Keros, associate of Bejin… Read More »2017 A Year in Review

Bejin Bieneman PLC Names Daniel Hegner Partner

Detroit, MI (December 20, 2017) – Daniel Hegner has been named partner of Bejin Bieneman, PLC, effective January 1, 2018. He joins present firm members Thomas Bejin, Charles Bieneman, Stephen Kontos, and Christopher Francis. ”Dan Hegner brings an impressive mix of skills to intellectual property law.  He shares our vision for growing a national practice that emphasizes our commitment to client relationships, and return on investment for our clients,” said firm member Charles Bieneman.  “We could not be more delighted to have Dan join our partnership.” Mr. Hegner has been an associate with the firm since October 2016, concentrating his practice on patent and trademark matters.  Among other things, Mr. Hegner prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications in the electrical, mechanical, and software arts and facilitates procurement of trademark rights.  In both patent and trademark arenas, he provides counseling with respect to enforcement and client portfolio management.  His experience includes the fields of automotive connectivity and safety systems, situational awareness and autonomous vehicle control, vehicle fuel systems, mobile and satellite telecommunications, light, optical, and ranging devices, small engine carburetors, electric vehicle battery and power management, and defense industry special projects. Prior to his legal pursuits, Mr. Hegner was a sights and electro-optical sensors engineer for General Dynamics Land… Read More »Bejin Bieneman PLC Names Daniel Hegner Partner

Charles Bieneman To Present on IP Chat Channel: The Latest on Functional Claiming after Mastermine v. Microsoft

Detroit, MI (November 30, 2017) – On Wednesday, December 6 at 2pm EST, Charles Bieneman, along with other notable panelists, will be guest speaking on IP Chat Channel to discuss the Federal Circuit’s recent guidance on functional claiming in Mastermine v. Microsoft. The recent case reversed a lower court’s finding of indefiniteness – holding that the claims were not improperly simultaneously directed to both an apparatus and a method of using the apparatus. That decision could provide helpful guidance to patent prosecutors on how to claim user-driven hardware features in the first instance, as well as how to impress upon a patent examiner that functional language of such claims does not cross the line to reciting a separate statutory class. The title of the IP Chat Channel series is Definitely Dysfunctional: The Latest on Functional Claiming after Mastermine v. Microsoft and the panelists include Charles Bieneman, Dennis Crouch, and Scott McKeown. The IP Chat Channel webinars are one-hour long and the registration fee is $135. For more information and to register, please visit the IPO IP Chat Channel website. About Bejin Bieneman Bejin Bieneman PLC is a full-service intellectual property law firm. Bejin Bieneman specializes in preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark, and copyright applications, opinions, and intellectual property litigation. Bejin… Read More »Charles Bieneman To Present on IP Chat Channel: The Latest on Functional Claiming after Mastermine v. Microsoft