Anna Robinson

Anna K. Robinson (Heinl)

Trademark & Copyright


Anna’s practice focuses on trademark and copyright protection and enforcement, and entertainment law. She has a background in theatre performance and a passion for the arts. After working in the entertainment industry, she realized that she could make a greater impact as an attorney, representing...

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Anna’s practice focuses on trademark and copyright protection and enforcement, and entertainment law. She has a background in theatre performance and a passion for the arts. After working in the entertainment industry, she realized that she could make a greater impact as an attorney, representing the rights of businesses, artists and creative professionals. In 2016, she was named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for her leadership within the legal community and her dedication to supporting local artists.

Anna takes a client-focused approach, representing clients ranging from large corporations to start-ups in a variety of areas including consumer goods, entertainment, fashion, software and technology, automotive and financial service industries. She manages large client intellectual property portfolios and advises small start-ups as they build their intellectual property portfolios from the ground up. Anna also helped organize and formalize the firm’s copyright practice group.

Anna served as a legal intern under former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, the Honorable Marilyn Kelly. She is an active member of the Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports section of the Michigan Bar, formerly serving as Chair of the section. Anna participates in the Lawyers for the Creative Economy Initiative through Creative Many Michigan as a volunteer lawyer, providing pro-bono and low-cost services to qualifying local artists. Anna also served for four years on the International Trademark Association`s (INTA`s) Pro-Bono Committee, and is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA, Midwest Chapter. Anna is involved in the local community, volunteering with the Detroit Economic Club Young Leaders Career Readiness Academy, where she works with other Young Leaders to prepare local high school students for academic success and rewarding careers.

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J.D., Wayne State University Law School, cum laude

B.A., University of Michigan, summa cum laude

Detroit Economic Club, Young Leader

State Bar of Michigan, Arts, Communications, Entertainment, & Sports Section (ACES)

Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (CSUSA), Midwest Chapter

State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers Section

State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property Law Section

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

“Up & Coming Lawyer,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2016

  • Attorney Anna Robinson Publishes Trademark Article in Special “ACES” Edition of the Michigan Bar Journal
    Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman attorney Anna Robinson recently published an article in the Michigan Bar Journal titled, “Stranger Than Fiction: When Fictional Trademark Use Blocks Real-World Trademarks.” The article describes how prominent features from the literary world can be protected under the Lanham Act, and outlines the risks that need to be...

  • Attorney Anna Robinson Helps Launch Pro Bono Trademark Clearinghouse Pilot Program
    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich.- Brooks Kushman associate Anna Robinson has been working for the past four years with the International Trademark Association (INTA) Pro Bono Committee to develop a new program that would benefit the trademark community on a global level. This program, called the Pro Bono Clearinghouse Pilot Program, allows INTA to work as...

  • Girl Scouts To Earn IP Patch At USPTO Detroit
    Monday, February 27, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – In partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan (GSSEM), Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Brooks Kushman  recently held an event for Cadettes of the GSSEM to earn their IP Patch. The event took place at the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Regional Outreach Center, located at 300...

  • Anna K. Robinson Named 2016 Up & Coming Lawyer
    Tuesday, November 08, 2016

     SOUTHFIELD, Mich., – Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce that associate Anna K. Robinson has been named a 2016 “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  This award recognizes 30 honorees in Michigan’s legal community who are establishing a name for themselves; go above and beyond and display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments...

  • Brooks Kushman Attorney Named State Bar of Michigan Section Chair
    Wednesday, December 09, 2015

    Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman attorney Anna K. Heinl has been named the State Bar of Michigan’s Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports (ACES) section chair for the 2015-16 term. The Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Section of the State Bar of Michigan provides education, information and analysis about issues of concern in...

  • Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named to INTA Committees
    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Southfield, Mich. –Brooks Kushman attorneys Jennifer K. Ziegler, Hope V. Shovein, Laura E. Schwartz, David C. Berry and Anna K. Heinl have been chosen to serve two-year terms on International Trademark Association (INTA) committees. Their committees are: Jennifer Ziegler – UNREAL Campaign Committee (Educational campaign educating teens on the dangers of counterfeits.) Hope...

  • Brooks Kushman Welcomes Challenge Detroit Year Three Fellow
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – For the third consecutive year, Brooks Kushman is participating in the Challenge Detroit initiative and will welcome Challenge Detroit Fellow, Carmen Bojanowski, to the team. Launching year three of its program, Challenge Detroit is an urban revitalization project bringing innovative leaders to the city to live, work, play, give and...

  • Brooks Kushman Associate to Discuss Intellectual Property Ownership in University of Michigan Webinar Series
    Monday, August 04, 2014

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., - Brooks Kushman Associate Anna Heinl will share her insights on intellectual property (IP) ownership during an educational webinar hosted by the University of Michigan School of Engineering`s Center for Entrepreneurship on August 7, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. Heinl will join participants in the fourth session of a Google...

    • U.S. Supreme Court Rules Copyright Registration Required to Sue for Infringement
      Tuesday, March 05, 2019

      The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a copyright owner must first obtain a copyright registration from the Copyright Office prior to filing a complaint for infringement of that work. This resolves a long-standing federal circuit court split regarding whether the Copyright Office must grant copyright registration before a copyright...

    • Supreme Court Expands Copyright Protection
      Friday, March 24, 2017

      On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court established a standard for determining whether a design element incorporated into a useful article can be protected as a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work under the Copyright Act. The Court ruled that a feature is eligible for copyright protection if it “(1) can...

      Author, “Stranger Than Fiction: When Fictional Trademark Use Blocks Real-World Trademarks,” Michigan Bar Journal, December 2018

      Co-Author, “Supreme Court Expands Copyright Protection,” Client Alert, March 2017

      Contributor and Panelist, “Representing the Next YouTube Star,” ICLE, June 2016

      Presenter, Kresge Artist Fellowship Artist Workshop, August 2015