Presentations | 03/07/2018

Brooks Kushman Shareholders to Speak at the Best Practices in Intellectual Property Sixth Annual Conference

Team Contact: Erin Bowles , John Halan , Sangeeta Shah , Robyn Lederman

  • Trade Secrets
  • inter-partes-review
  • Patent Prosecution
  • patent-litigation
  • post-grant-review1
  • Trade secrets

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Best Practices in Intellectual Property (BPIP) is hosting its sixth annual conference in Tel Aviv. The conference, IP Management: Today’s Global Issues, updates attendees on global  IP issues, trends and legislation. It also demonstrates practical tools, methods and new ideas that can be applied to growing and strengthening a company’s IP portfolio.  The sessions have a particular focus on IP portfolio management and strategy. Brooks Kushman shareholders Erin Bowles,  John Halan, Sangeeta Shah and Robyn Lederman will participate in the conference and will host a Master Class to share innovative strategies that have been successfully tested in the changing patent landscape in the USA.

The BK team will present on “Accelerations, Examinations US and EU Tips and Tricks” and “How to Implement an Effective Trade Secret Policy” for Israeli companies on both sides of the ocean.

Counsel from innovative Israeli companies will participate in the BK Master Class to take a comprehensive look at the current interplay between post-grant mechanisms, prosecution and litigation and review the latest best practices to achieve IP goals for their companies.  The BK team will share little-known offensive measures that a patent owner can deploy to offset the risk of an IPR or even revive enforcement strategy in the face of an adverse IPR decision.  On the defensive side, the Class will review tips for employing IPRs and advancing arguments to improve invalidity and non-infringement positions and wreak havoc with a plaintiff’s enforcement program. Overall, to learn what strategic patent initiatives can be implemented to complement the end game.

Shah serves as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer and Co-Chair of Post-Grant Proceedings, her practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation and counseling, with a special focus on post-grant challenges and patent opinions. She represents several Fortune 500 clients for whom she provides strategic counseling and guidance on their global intellectual property portfolios, including developing and executing complex, multi-pronged enforcement strategies as part of a broader business plan.

Bowles’ practice involves counseling domestic and international clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on their intellectual property portfolios, with a focus on obtaining domestic and foreign patents and handling patent prosecution procedures. Her practice also includes patentability investigations, infringement and right-to-use analysis, and intellectual property transactions and licensing agreements, trademark, trade dress, and copyright issues. She also has an expansive understanding of various mechanical and electromechanical technologies.

Halan has been practicing with Brooks Kushman for nearly 30 years. He is head of the firm’s trade secret group, specializes in high-stakes intellectual property litigation, including patent, trade secret, and related commercial litigation. He also has considerable experience handling various matters before the PTAB, including inter partes reviews and appeals. He has negotiated and prepared numerous intellectual property and commercial agreements, including patent and technology license agreements.  He has also prepared many infringement and validity patent opinions and has been called upon to act as a patent dispute mediator.

Robyn Lederman practiced trademark law in Israel before returning to her home state of Michigan where she specializes in global branding strategy, trademark  clearance, prosecution and enforcement for companies in a wide range of industries.  Lederman takes a special interest in mentoring start-ups and connecting Israeli and Michigan business interests; currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator.

For more information about the conference, the rest of the programming, and to register for the event click here.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm, and 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 counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit

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