Brooks Kushman Hosts Intellectual Property Panel at Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Monday, November 11, 2013

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – To help start-up companies understand the importance and value of intellectual property (IP), Brooks Kushman attorneys, Mark Cantor, president and Frank Angileri, shareholder will participate in the IP Panel at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, which the firm is also sponsoring.

Cantor and Angileri are slated to participate in the IP Panel on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. where they will share advanced IP strategies, direction and steps to take to protect a brand and inventions. They will be joined by in-house counsel members from 5 Hour Energy, Compuware Corp. and MASCO Corp.

“As the largest IP practice in Michigan, we are glad to have the opportunity to sponsor and participate in an event that encourages and salutes innovation,” Cantor said. “We want to give back to the community and show our support for game changers and entrepreneurs while raising an awareness of protecting intellectual property.”

During the IP Panel, they will discuss the importance of IP for middle and late stage start-ups and the steps that should be taken to protect IP, how IP can create new business opportunities, and strategies on investing in IP. The panelists will also share stories on technology successes and failures.

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business competition designed to highlight Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity. The competition honors the best and brightest early-stage entrepreneurs and rewards them with more than $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes. The event takes place Nov. 12 to Nov. 14 in Detroit. For more information, visit

About Brooks Kushman:

Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices across the nation, representing clients nationally and internationally. The firm has more than 80 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines. Brooks Kushman has a reputation for providing leading IP strategy and counseling with a focus on the business objectives of its clients and represents clients across many industries with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is recognized by a number of leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, IP Law & Business magazine and the organization. For more information, please visit