Elizabeth F. Janda

Co-Chair Trademarks

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Libby Janda serves as the Co-Chair of Brooks Kushman’s trademark practice, and has over 30 years of experience in intellectual property law. She manages substantial trademark portfolios both domestically and internationally, and works closely with a network of vetted international contacts that the firm has...

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Libby Janda serves as the Co-Chair of Brooks Kushman’s trademark practice, and has over 30 years of experience in intellectual property law. She manages substantial trademark portfolios both domestically and internationally, and works closely with a network of vetted international contacts that the firm has developed over the past decades.  Libby handles trademark matters in a variety of industries, including the automotive field; restaurants and food products; advertising and marketing businesses; insurance enterprises; mortgage companies, banks and credit unions; and consumer products and services.  She keeps her focus on her clients’ business goals and marketing strategies.

Libby`s work encompasses selecting and clearing  trademarks, prosecuting trademark applications, representing clients in trademark opposition and cancellation matters, drafting and negotiating licenses and other agreements relating to the use of trademarks and copyrights, and policing the unauthorized use or infringement of clients` rights.  She further provides litigation support and consulting on trademark issues and matters.

In addition, Libby assists advertising clients in the review of proper rules and regulations for specific types of product advertising, couponing and sampling.   She brainstorms with clients to maintain the broadest possible protection within the realities of that client`s marketplace, taking full account of business goals in shaping an appropriate legal strategy.

 

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Education

J.D., Loyola University of Chicago

B.A., Bucknell University

State Bar of Michigan

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

International Trademark Association (INTA), U.S. Subcommittee of the Famous & Well-Known Marks Committee

Board of Trustees, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

“Leading Lawyers,” Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2019

“World Trademark Review 1000 Recommended individual,” Intellectual Asset Management, 2015-2018

Best Lawyers in America, 2015 – 2019

“IP Star,” Managing Intellectual Property, 2013 – 2018

“Women in the Law,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2015

“Top Lawyer,” DBusiness Magazine, 2015

  • Five Brooks Kushman Shareholders Recognized As Trademark Leaders, Firm Earns Gold Honor In World Trademark Review 1000 Listing
    Monday, February 04, 2019

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman has been recognized as a gold-standard trademark firm for the fifth consecutive year by Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual World Trademark Review 1000. Of the Michigan firms listed in the directory, Brooks Kushman is once again the only firm listed as a gold-standard trademark firm. The guide recognizes the world’s top...

  • Brooks Kushman Announces New Executive Committee to Serve as Firm Leadership
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    Mark Cantor to Continue to Serve as Chairman and General Counsel Southfield, Mich. (January 21, 2019) - Brooks Kushman, a nationally ranked intellectual property law firm, is proud to announce the transition to a newly appointed Executive Committee to serve as the firm’s governing leadership. Mark Cantor will resume the full-time practice of...

  • Brooks Kushman Ranked In The 2019 Best Law Firms List; Nine Attorneys Ranked As Best Lawyer
    Monday, November 05, 2018

    Southfield, Mich.,- Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been ranked in the 2019 edition of U.S. News and World Report list of Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers. In Detroit, Brooks Kushman holds a tier one ranking in intellectual property litigation (IP), patent litigation, and patent law. The firm was also recognized...

  • Nine Brooks Kushman Attorneys Ranked As Best Lawyer; Two Attorneys Recognized as Lawyer of the Year
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is proud to announce that the firm has been ranked in the 2019 edition of U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers list of Best Lawyers. Brooks Kushman President Mark A. Cantor, and shareholders Frank A. Angileri, David Randall, Elizabeth F. Janda, John S. LeRoy, Thomas A....

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized in the Top Tier of Each IP Rankings Category by Managing IP; Six Shareholders Named “IP Stars”
    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is proud to announce six of the firm’s shareholders have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (IP) Magazine. Brooks Kushman is also the only firm to be recognized in the top tier as “Highly Recommended” for each ranking: Patent Contentious, Patent Prosecution, and Trademarks. The comprehensive guide...

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized by Chambers and Partners for Second Consecutive Year
    Tuesday, May 08, 2018

    SOUTHFIELD, Michigan- Brooks Kushman, a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm, is proud to announce the firm’s inclusion in Chambers and Partners guide of 2018 Top intellectual property firms. In addition to the firm’s recognition, Chambers and Partners has also recognized the work of shareholder Frank Angileri, naming him in...

  • Five Brooks Kushman Shareholders Recognized as Trademark Leaders, Firm Earns Gold Honor in World Trademark Review 1000 Listing
    Thursday, January 25, 2018

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman has once again been recognized as a gold-standard trademark firm for the fourth consecutive year by Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual World Trademark Review 1000, a guide that recognizes the world’s top trademark law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. Of the Michigan firms listed...

  • Brooks Kushman Ranked In The 2018 Best Law Firms List; Nine Attorneys Ranked As Best Lawyer
    Friday, November 03, 2017

    Southfield, Mich.,- Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been ranked in the 2018 edition of U.S. News and World Report-Best Lawyers list of Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers. In Michigan, Brooks Kushman holds a tier one ranking in IP litigation, patent litigation, patent law and trademark law...

  • Nine Brooks Kushman Attorneys Ranked as 2018 Best Lawyers
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich.,- We are proud to announce that nine Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized by there peers as 2018 Best Lawyers in America ®. Those included are: Mark Cantor(President) – IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, and Trademark law Frank Angileri(Shareholder; Co-Chair Post-Grant Proceedings) – IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, and...

  • Six Shareholders Named “IP Stars” By Managing IP
    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is happy to announce six of the firm’s shareholders have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (IP) Magazine. This comprehensive guide lists leading IP firms and lawyers, and covers more than 80 countries. Brooks Kushman attorneys recognized as IP Stars by the publication are President Mark Cantor and Shareholders Frank...

  • Brooks Kushman Ranked in the 2017 Best Law Firms List; Eight Attorneys Ranked as Best Lawyers
    Monday, November 21, 2016

    Southfield, Mich.,- Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been ranked in the 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report-Best Lawyers list of Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers. Brooks Kushman holds a tier one ranking in IP litigation, patent litigation, patent law and trademark law in Detroit, as well...

  • Five Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2017 Top Lawyers List
    Monday, November 21, 2016

    Southfield, Mich.–Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been recognized as “2017 Top Lawyers” by DBusiness magazine. The annual list honors the top attorneys in the metro Detroit area in various areas of practice. The complete list of Brooks Kushman attorneys honored as “2017 Top Lawyers” follows: Mark...

  • Brooks Kushman Congratulates 7 Attorneys Named as 2017 Best Lawyers In America
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    Southfield, Mich. -Brooks Kushman President Mark Cantor, and Shareholders Frank Angileri, Marc Lorelli, John LeRoy, Elizabeth Janda, Thomas Lewry and John Nemazi have been selected for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized as 2017 Best Lawyers across a variety of intellectual property (IP) practice areas, including: Mark Cantor – IP Litigation,...

  • Brooks Kushman partners with Girl Scouts to Promote Diversity in STEM Education
    Monday, June 20, 2016

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – In partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan, Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Brooks Kushman was able to distribute over 160 IP Patches throughout southeast Michigan during the 2015/2016 Girl Scouts calendar year. The IP Patch was created...

  • Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing IP
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce six of the firm’s shareholders have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (IP) Magazine. This comprehensive guide to leading IP firms and lawyers covers more than 80 countries. Brooks Kushman attorneys recognized as IP Stars by the publication are President...

  • Brooks Kushman Hosts Workshop For Girl Scouts To Earn IP Patch At USPTO Detroit Office
    Wednesday, April 06, 2016

    DETROIT (April 5, 2016) – Brooks Kushman will host an event on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from noon to 2 p.m. for Brownies in the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan to earn their IP Patch. The event will be held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Regional...

  • Brooks Kushman Earns Gold Honors In World Trademark Review 1000 Listing
    Monday, January 25, 2016

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman has been recognized as a gold-standard trademark firm for the second year by Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual World Trademark Review 1000, a guide that recognizes the world’s top trademark law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. Of the Michigan firms listed in the directory,...

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized as 2016 Best Law Firm
    Wednesday, November 04, 2015

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been ranked in the 2016 edition of “U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers” list of Best Law Firms. Brooks Kushman holds a tier one ranking in IP litigation, patent litigation, patent law and trademark law in Detroit,...

  • Five Brooks Kushman Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers in America
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    Southfield, Mich. -Brooks Kushman President Mark Cantor, and Shareholders Frank Angileri, Marc Lorelli, John LeRoy and Elizabeth Janda have been selected for inclusion in the 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers across a variety of intellectual property (IP) practice areas,...

  • Brooks Kushman Shareholder Named “Woman in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
    Friday, July 31, 2015

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that Shareholder Elizabeth “Libby” Janda has been named among Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Women in the Law.” This award recognizes 30 women in Michigan’s legal community for their commitment to excellence in the practice of law, leadership in the profession, mentoring and...

  • Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing IP
    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce five of the firm’s shareholders have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine. This comprehensive guide to leading intellectual property (IP) firms and lawyers covers more than 80 countries. Brooks Kushman attorneys recognized as IP Stars by the publication are...

  • Brooks Kushman Hosts Michigan's First Event to Help Girl Scouts Earn IP Patch
    Monday, March 23, 2015

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman hosted an event on Saturday, March 21, 2015 for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Michigan Troop to earn their IP Patch. During the event, held at the Ypsilanti Ann Arbor Regional Center, Girl Scouts heard from six Brooks Kushman attorneys on the IP tools...

  • Brooks Kushman Earns Gold Honors in World Trademark Review 1000 Listing
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman, intellectual property and technology law firm, is now listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual World Trademark Review 1000, a guide that recognizes the world’s top trademark law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. The 2015 IAM World Trademark Review 1000 issue marks the first time...

  • Brooks Kushman Announces New Chair of Trademark Practice
    Monday, January 05, 2015

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce Shareholder Elizabeth (Libby) Janda has recently been appointed to serve as the new Chair of the firm’s trademark practice. Janda has more than 30 years of experience as a trademark practitioner and specialist with Brooks Kushman. She has been instrumental in developing the firm’s trademark practice...

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a 2014 “Best Law Firm”; Five Shareholders Named as “Best Lawyers”
    Monday, November 03, 2014

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm, Brooks Kushman, is proud to announce their inclusion in the 2015 edition of “U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers`” list of Best Law Firms. Brooks Kushman holds a national tier one ranking in patent and IP litigation, patent law...

  • Five Brooks Kushman Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Best Lawyers in America ®
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that President Mark A. Cantor, and Shareholders Frank A. Angileri, Marc Lorelli, John S. LeRoy and Elizabeth F. Janda have all been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2015. Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized as 2015 Best Lawyers across a...

  • Four Brooks Kushman Shareholders Named 2013 Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars
    Wednesday, September 04, 2013

    Firm also recognized as a “highly recommended” Michigan IP law firm SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Four Brooks Kushman P.C. Shareholders have been honored as Michigan IP Stars for 2013 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Firm President Mark A. Cantor and shareholders Frank A. Angileri, Elizabeth F. Janda and Robert C.J. Tuttle were named...

  • Brooks Kushman Trademark Attorneys Appointed to International Trademark Association Committees
    Tuesday, January 03, 2012

    Several attorneys selected by global intellectual property association for 2012-2013 term Southfield, Mich., January 3, 2012 – Michigan intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman P.C. is proud to announce several attorneys have been named to International Trademark Association (INTA) committees for the upcoming 2012-2013 term.  This recognition by one of the most influential intellectual...

  • Women Helping Women
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009

    Oakland County Legal News On Thursday, April 30th, Brooks Kushman hosted its inaugural "Women Helping Women" networking event at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale to aid the endeavors of two local charities: Jackets for Job and Simon House. The event not only supported women-owned businesses (it was held at a...

    • Supreme Court Strikes Down Lanham Act’s Prohibition of Registration of Disparaging Trademarks
      Tuesday, June 20, 2017

      Matal v. Tam, No. 15-1293 (U.S. June 19, 2017) The U.S. Supreme Court has held that a portion of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §1052(a), is unconstitutional as a violation of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech. The decision was unanimous, although the justices differed on their...

    • First Amendment Challenge to Lanham Act’s Bar
      Thursday, October 13, 2016

      On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in a case involving the constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a), which bars the federal registration of disparaging trademarks.  The provision has been the source of controversy due to two high-profile lawsuits, involving a...

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