Media Coverage | 10/05/2020

SEP Panel from Brooks Kushman’s Co-Hosted IAM Auto IP Event Featured in IAM Article

Team Contact: John LeRoy

  • Automotive
  • frand
  • patent-litigation

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – In an October 1, 2020 article by IAM Magazine, the recent IAM Auto IP event co-hosted by Brooks Kushman was discussed, with specific focus given to the controversial discussion over standard essential patents (SEPs) and the ongoing challenges facing OEMs.

As mentioned in the article, “The general takeaway was that even after years of the likes of Nokia and Ericsson trying to license the auto industry… there remains plenty of dissatisfaction with the new dynamic. And much of the concern remains focused on where the licensing of SEPs takes place.”

Brooks Kushman Shareholder and Co-Chair of Patent Litigation, John LeRoy, moderated and participated in the discussion of interest alongside Themi Anagnos from Continental and Dave Djavaherian from PacTech Law.

John LeRoy has been defending clients in the automotive industry for over 20 years facing complex patent, trade secret and copyright litigation in software and telematics. He is Co-Chair of Brooks Kushman’s patent litigation department and holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He has spent over a decade dealing with standard essential patents (SEPs) on behalf of automotive OEMs and suppliers to address licensing SEPs for wireless communication technology.

IAM is universally acknowledged as the world’s leading IP business media platform. It was launched as a magazine in July 2003 to address the need for organizations to maximize the value of their intellectual property and other intangibles, and to examine the strategies they can put in place to do this. IAM now produces a wide range of publications, as well as a weekly email and daily blog.

Click here to read the full IAM article.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.

Brooks Kushman P.C. is a premier intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm dedicated to the advancement and protection of innovations and brands that propel businesses around the world. With offices in Michigan and California, we work alongside corporations, small to medium sized businesses, and leading universities to protect their intellectual property assets. Our attorneys have a broad range of experience in industries and technologies, including consumer electronics, manufacturing, medical device, computer technology, aerospace, chemicals, biotechnology, and retail.

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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