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“Section 112 and AIA Litigation” Article Featured in AIPLA Newsletter

Stephen Kontos, a member of Bejin Bieneman, wrote an article titled “Section 112 and AIA Litigation”, that was featured in the AIPLA’s Patent Law Committee Newsletter – Spring edition (May 2017). Using cases from the last few months, the article explores how the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) uses §112 in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings and post-grant review (PGR) proceedings.   

Shenzhen IP Litigation Seminar: 2016 US Supreme Court Cases in IP

Date of presentation: June 12, 2017 Tom Bejin will be presenting at Shenzhen IP Litigation Seminar at Shenzhen in China on June 12, 2017. Shenzhen is a major city in Guangdong Province, China and has risen to become the predominant epicenter of high-tech design and manufacturing in the world. The city is a staging ground for large high-tech companies, rising startups, and independent innovators from all over the world.

Strafford – FTO Opinions, Examiner Interactions, Patent Drafting and More

Date of webinar: June 6, 2017 from 9am-5:30pm Webinar topic: Patent Prosecution – FTO Opinions, Examiner Interactions, Patent Drafting and More Several thousand U.S. and foreign patent applications are filed each year. The increasing number of Federal Circuit patent opinions and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) becoming the new battlefield for patent wars should serve as a reminder of the need to do things right on the front end for quality patent applications that will result in strong, enforceable claims. Patent attorneys attending this seminar will gain an understanding of the complexities of seeking patent protection; leveraging the examiner count system and interacting with examiners; obtaining the desired claim construction; minimizing infringement risks; and solidifying novelty, non-obviousness, enablement, and written description positions. Schedule: 9-10:30am: Freedom-to-Operate Opinions 10:45-12:15: USPTO Examiner Count System and Examiner Interview Strategies 12:30-1:45: Reflections on PTAB and Where is Patent Law Heading 2-3pm: Overcoming 101 Rejections       Presented by Charlie Bieneman, Bejin Bieneman PLC and Katherine M. Kowalchyk, Merchant & Gould 3:15-4:15: Drafting Patent Applications to Withstand PTAB Scrutiny 4:30-5:30: Conflicts in Patent Prosecution For more information and to register, visit the Strafford website.

Strafford – Overcoming Rejections for Computer and Electronics Patents

Date of Webinar: May 4, 2017 from 1-2:30am EST Webinar topic: Overcoming 101 Rejections for Computer and Electronics Related Patents Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the USPTO has dramatically increased its rejections under 35 U.S.C. §101, and the federal courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board have been increasingly active in invalidating issued patents. Further, the USPTO has released several memoranda and solicited public comments concerning patent examination under Alice. Applicants can anticipate more rejections going forward. Those who receive a §101 rejection and their counsel must plan and carefully implement well thought out strategies for deciding whether to file and for overcoming patent eligibility rejections issued in pending applications. Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys discusses how courts and the PTAB have been applying the Alice decision and the USPTO’s guidance on §101 rejections. The panel will offer best practices for patent counsel on ways to address §101 issues. For more information and to register, visit the Strafford website.

AIPLA – The Claim Interpretation Lifecycle

Date of Webinar: April 19, 2017 from 12:30-2pm EST Webinar topic: The Claim Interpretation Lifecycle: How to Apply the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation standard from Patent Preparation through Litigation and IPR Description: USPTO patent examiners may say they are applying the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation (BRI) standard when interpreting claims broadly, but Applicants often question the “reasonable” part.  Join our webinar to learn best practices when applying BRI to claim interpretation.  Our esteemed panel will focus on BRI in the three phases of the patent lifecycle:  patent prosecution, (possible) litigation, and inter partes review.  The panel will also share useful patent drafting tips in view of recent BRI caselaw. For more information and to register, visit the AIPLA website.

Firm Welcomes Dan Ryan as Firm Administrator

Detroit, MI (February 8, 2017) – After four and a half years of steady growth, Bejin Bieneman is thrilled to announce its recent hire of Firm Administrator, Dan Ryan. Dan started at Bejin Bieneman with the task of continuing the growth and increasing efficiency of the Detroit-based intellectual property law firm. With over 15 years of law firm experience and a family full of attorneys, Dan is pleased with his move to Detroit and the opportunity to assist in the next phase of Bejin Bieneman’s future. “I recognize the legal industry is in a state of flux as it adapts to new technology advancements in an effort to increase productivity and reduce wasteful spending. I was brought on board to analyze and implement the best ways to embrace these changes and look forward to helping Bejin Bieneman grow into its next stage of development,” said Dan. In this role, Dan will manage many office operations from financial reporting to its Human Resource and staff management to the firm’s IT planning and support. Dan will work directly with attorneys to create an office environment that is seamless and running smoothly. “Dan brings a wealth of, not just law firm administrative experience, but intellectual property experience to our firm and shares our… Read More »Firm Welcomes Dan Ryan as Firm Administrator

Firm Welcomes Dan Hegner as Associate Attorney

Detroit, MI (January 26, 2017) – Bejin Bieneman is pleased to announce that Dan Hegner has joined the firm as an associate attorney. In this role, Dan will specialize in preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications in the electrical, mechanical, and software arts. In addition, Dan will provide a variety of other services, including preparing and prosecuting federal trademark applications and advising clients on patent and trademark portfolio development and management. Dan’s expertise includes experience in the fields of automotive connectivity and safety systems, situational awareness and autonomous vehicle control, vehicle fuel systems, mobile telecommunications, light and optical devices, small engine carburetors, and defense industry special projects. Prior to his legal pursuits, Dan was a sights and electro-optical sensors engineer for General Dynamics Land Systems where he developed subsystems for the M1A1/M1A2 Main Battle Tank. Dan received his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School in 2010 and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2004. He actively promotes public education regarding intellectual property matters. Dan is currently serving as 1st Vice President to the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association – serving the organization as an officer or committee chair since 2013. Dan was an executive organizer of World IP Day… Read More »Firm Welcomes Dan Hegner as Associate Attorney

Thomas Bejin Named New Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)

Detroit, MI (December 15, 2017) – Detroit attorney Thomas Bejin, of the law firm Bejin Bieneman, has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Tom is a member at the firm and concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation, strategic counseling and freedom to operate studies. Tom has handled patent, trademark and trade secret cases in State and Federal courts throughout the country. His achievements include securing victories for his clients in matters before the International Trade Commission, multi-million dollar settlements, a rare temporary restraining order in a patent infringement case and several preliminary injunctions in trademark cases. The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with… Read More »Thomas Bejin Named New Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)