Anita C. Marinelli

Patent Prosecution & IP Litigation

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Anita’s practice is concentrated in intellectual property litigation, which includes patent litigation in mechanical, chemical, software, and design patent matters. Anita also has experience defending against and asserting copyrights, trademarks, and trade dress. She has particular expertise in copyright litigation involving software source code and...

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Anita’s practice is concentrated in intellectual property litigation, which includes patent litigation in mechanical, chemical, software, and design patent matters. Anita also has experience defending against and asserting copyrights, trademarks, and trade dress. She has particular expertise in copyright litigation involving software source code and visual works. Anita works with clients of all sizes to analyze their businesses and develop strategies to best protect and defend their rights be it copyright, trademark, or patent.

Anita also assists in the preparation and prosecution of patents in the chemical, biotechnological, and biochemical arts. She maintains a foreign patent prosecution practice and works directly with foreign attorneys worldwide in the prosecution of foreign patents. Anita acts as one of the firm’s liaisons between the United States and Canada.

Anita holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a Canadian Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor, Ontario. While in school, she worked as a Summer Associate at Brooks Kushman. In addition, she served as the teaching assistant for legal research and writing courses at the University of Detroit Mercy. Anita also has an Honors Bachelor of Science in Biology and Medical Science from the University of Western Ontario. There, Anita was the president of the Biology Undergraduate Society and a Career Leader at the Western Employment Resource Center.

In her free time, Anita enjoys Trivial Pursuit, watching football and playing tennis.

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Education

J.D., University of Detroit Mercy, magna cum laude

Canadian J.D., University of Windsor Ontario

B.S., Biology and Medical Sciences, University of Western Ontario

Ford Global Technologies, LLC v. New World International, Inc. (Jury Trial – N.D. Texas) – Represented Ford Global Technologies in a patent infringement matter that involved 13 design patents that relate to aftermarket auto parts including headlamps, hoods, mirrors, bumpers, and grills for the 2004 F-150 and 2005 Mustang models. Prior to trial, summary judgment was obtained on the issues of functionality, exhaustion, and infringement for all 13 patents.  The jury trial erased remaining defenses of anticipation, obviousness, and indefiniteness.  Ford obtained a jury verdict of willful infringement for all 13 patents with an award of defendants’ profits under 35 U.S.C. §  289 – precisely the number requested by Ford.

Mercado Latino, Inc. V. Indio Products, Inc. (C.D. California) – Successfully represented Indio Products in a trade dress and trademark infringement matter involving prayer candles. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement by convincing the court that plaintiff had not provided sufficient evidence to meet its burdens of proof to establish that the asserted trade dress possessed secondary meaning and was not functional.

State Bar of Michigan

Law Society of Ontario

Lysaght & Stewart Scholar

The Western Scholarship of Distinction

University of Windsor 2015 Board of Governors Medal Recipient

  • Brooks Kushman Continues to Grow With Addition of Two New Associates
    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to welcome Fanqi Meng and Anita Marinelli as its two newest associates contributing to our patent prosecution practice. With the addition of Meng and Marinelli, Brooks Kushman has grown by more than ten attorneys this year, several being lateral hires. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Meng spent...