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 Systems in Sterling Heights, Michigan, where he developed and integrated subsystems for the M1A1/M1A2 Main Battle Tank, Stryker family of vehicles, and Future Combat Systems (FCS) Mounted Combat System (MCS) vehicle. Some of the key highlights from his past experiences include:
- Project lead for integrating thermal weapon sights and situational awareness cameras for the U.S. Army’s and U.S. Marine Corps’ Tank Urban Survivability Kit (TUSK), providing urban fighting technologies to soldiers in the Second Persian Gulf War. In recognition to his team’s efforts and contribution to engineering and deploying TUSK, the team was a recipient of GDLS’ 2004 Engineering Team of the Year Award.
- With respect to Stryker vehicles, Mr. Hegner assisted integrating a multi-function optic that included a laser range finder, illuminator, and laser pointing device all configured to operate with the 50 caliber weapon on the RWS.
- And on the FCS program, Mr. Hegner was a project leader in the development of a dynamic muzzle reference sensor (DMRS) for the U.S. Army.
A graduate of University of Detroit Mercy Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2010) and University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering and Science (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2004), where he was awarded Engineering Student of the Year, Mr. Hegner actively promotes public education regarding intellectual property matters.
He is currently serving as President to the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)—serving the organization as an officer or committee chair since 2013. He is a barrister member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, making regular contributions to the program content. Mr. Hegner was an executive organizer of World IP Day Detroit in 2014, 2015, and 2016. On a national level, Mr. Hegner published a quarterly newsletter for the Patent Law Committee for the American Intellectual Property Law Association from 2013-2014.
Bejin Bieneman is thrilled to have Daniel Hegner on board as a new partner.
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.