Press Releases | 09/07/2018

Brooks Kushman Hosts Chinese Delegation in Partnership With Michigan State University

Team Contact: John LeRoy , Marc Lorelli , Fanqi Meng

  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademarks
  • asia-pacific
  • inter-partes-review
  • patent-litigation
  • post-grant-review1
  • Trade secrets
  • Trademarks

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman, in partnership with Michigan State University (MSU), hosted a Chinese Delegation for a roundtable discussion on Friday, September 7, 2018, in Southfield, Michigan. The roundtable focused on recent developments with U.S. patent challenges and trade secrets. It was moderated by Brooks Kushman shareholder Kristin L. Murphy, and shareholders John LeRoy, Marc Lorelli, and Linda Mettes presented. Murphy and Mettes are also both current MSU patent litigation professors.

Lorelli and Mettes discussed the recent developments with U.S. patent challenges and focused on litigation, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and the International Trade Commission (ITC). LeRoy presented on trade secret strategies.

The Chinese delegates are visiting the United States through the MSU Visiting International Professionals Program (VIPP). VIPP offers short-term workshops for international professionals and connects them with experts in multiple fields within and outside the MSU community. Each delegate is a senior professional who works for a state-owned enterprise in China, and their industries of focus vary. The participants hold different roles but are all involved in the legal and economic leadership of the enterprise that they work for. The visiting delegation is focused on learning about intellectual property, anti-trust laws, and litigation procedures. They are also interested in learning more about the background, application, and challenges of the law and its principles in the U.S.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.

Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices across the nation. The firm represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP (including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets). The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman clients include a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Chambers and Partners, Corporate Counsel magazine, Intellectual Asset Management, Law360, Managing Intellectual Property, U.S. News & World Report, and World Trademark Review. For more information, please visit

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