Meeting Archive


March 1, 2018 (4:30 pm); Location: CANCELLED WEATHER

  • Protection and Enforcement of Copyrighted Software and Trade Secrets in Software: Strategies & Lessons Learned from Recent Case Law 

January 16, 2018 (4:30 pm); Location: The Bird & The Bread (becoming "Vinotecca"),210 South Old Woodward

  • The Latest & Greatest in Trademark Law: Recent Trends in the Court and the TTAB

November 15, 2017 (4:30 pm); Location: Rust Belt Market, 22801 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale 48220

  • Supreme Court Review & Preview

 December 5, 2017 (4:30 pm);  Flagstar Strand Theatre, Pontiac Michigan

Holiday joint meeting with Oakland County Bar Association Inn of Court

October 12, 2017 (4:00 pm / 4:30 pm); Location: The Birmingham Athletic Club  

  • New Member Orientation and Introduction to the 2017-2018 Term (4:00 pm for new members), followed by Welcome/Kick-Off Meeting with hors d’oeuvres and drinks (4:30 pm for returning/Honorary members). 
  • Sign-up for Programs
  • Introduce "Membership Experience Taskforce" with an emphassi on Scholarship (Writing Competition)
  • Pro-bono
  • Mentorship

May 4, 2017, Thursday 

Annual Dinner; Oakland Hills Country Club

April 19, 2017, Wednesday 
Combined with Federal Circuit Bar Association at Wayne State University
Theme: The Intersection of PTO Practice and the Courts 

9:30AM-10:00AM        Registration 

10:00AM-10:10AM      Introduction 

10:10AM-10:50AM      Best Practices before PTAB

Panel 1:  Chief Judge David Ruschke, Lead Judge Beverly Bunting, and Judge David McKone 

11:00AM-11:10AM      BREAK 

11:10AM-12:00PM      A View from the Bench

Panel 2:  The Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger, III., Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit; and the Honorable Avern L. Cohn, District Judge, Eastern District of Michigan

12:00PM-1:00PM           Lunch, Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christal Sheppard, Director, Elijah J.                                           McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 

1:00PM-1:50PM             New TTAB Rules and the effects of B&B Hardware on TTAB Rules

Panel 3:  TTAB Judge George Pologeorgis, Anessa Owen Kramer, Partner, Honigman LLC; Colleen Shovlin, Reising Etherington; and Peter N. Tassie, Chief Trademark Counsel Ford Motor Company 

1:50-PM-2:00PM         Break

 2:00PM-3:00PM         Ex Parte and Inter Partes Patent Appeals Concerning Obviousness

Panel 4:  William G. Abbatt, Shareholder, Brooks Kushman, PC; Frank A. Angileri, Shareholder and Co-Chair Post-Grant Proceedings, Brooks Kushman, PC; Eric M. Dobrusin, Dobrusin Law Firm, PC

 3:00PM-3:15PM          Closing Remarks

 3:30PM-5:00PM          MI IP Inn of Court Reception/Tours of Detroit PTO

Member are welcome to attend the reception at no charge. 

January 25, Wednesday
Detroit Historical Museum 
5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

February 28, 2017 Tuesday

Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle 

100 The Strand, Detroit, MI 48207

November 10, Thursday 6 PM
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
651 E. Jefferson St.
Room 325
Detroit, MI 48226

September 20, Tuesday
MSU Tollgate Education Conference Center 
28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, MI 48377
Tollgate (Main) Barn)
New Members: 5 PM
Returning Members: 6 PM

Thursday, June 2, 2016 – 6 PM
Location: Detroit Athletic Club
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – Program 4 
6:00 p.m
Wayne State University
Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights 
471 W. Palmer St.,  Detroit, Michigan 48202

Thursday, February 25, 2016 – Program 3 
Location:University of Detroit Law School, 6:00 p.m

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – Program 2 
Location: Cooley Law School, 6:00 p.m.
2630 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – Program 1
Location: Judge Rosen's Courtroom; 5:00 p.m. (NOTE Earlier Time)

Welcome/Kick-off Meeting
Thursday, September 24, 2015 – 6 p.m. 
The Birmingham Country Club 
1750 Saxon Drive, Birmingham Michigan 48009

3rd Annual Dinner 
On May 20, 2015, we hosted our 3rd Annual Dinner to celebrate the conclusion of the Inn's second year. 

Here are some photos of the event! 

2nd Annual Dinner 
On May 21, 2014, we hosted our 2nd Annual Dinner to celebrate the conclusion of the Inn's second year. 
The event was covered in the Macomb County Legal News and Detroit Legal News.

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6 PM

Location: Harness Dickey & Pierce in the First Floor Lobby

5445 Corporate Drive, Troy, MI 48098 (right off the I-75 Crooks Road Exit)

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 6 PM
Location: Honigman Business Law Firm Atrium
39400 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Topic: Inter Partes Review

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Location: Wayne State University
Topics: Trends in IP, Game Show Style!

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:30 PM

The University of Detroit Mercy Law School.

 Address:  651 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

Topic: Recent IP Supreme Court Decisions - please review the fact pattern 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Birmingham Athletic Club
4033 West Maple Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
6 PM

2014 Annual Dinner - 5/21/14 6 PM

The Colony Club Detroit

2310 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 463-4215

4/3/14    Thursday

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law 
651 E. Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI  48226

Meeting will be in Room #226 and reception will follow in the atrium.

1/23/14  Thursday - Expert Direct/Cross

Wayne State University Law School
Spencer M Partrich Auditorium and Atrium
471 W. Palmer Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202

11/6/13 - Selden v. Ford patent infringement case

For those of you who may desire additional information about Mr. Selden, his patent, and/or the Ford litigation, please follow the link below to review many photographs, news articles, and commentary on these topics.

2013-2014 Kick-off Meeting
September 10, 2013
Location: 39400 Woodward Avenue - Main Entrance Lobby
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-5151
Time: 6 - 8 PM

Speaker: Leslie Smith, CEO of TechTown (Bio)

1st Annual Dinner Photos Now Available
On May 22, 2013, we hosted our 1st Annual Dinner to celebrate the conclusion of the Inn's inaugural year.  Several judges from the Eastern District of Michigan joined the event, including Chief Judge Rosen and Judge Cleland.

1st Annual Michigan IP Inn Dinner

The event was covered in The Oakland County Legal News.

Meeting Videos

Nov. 16, 2014 Meeting - Video 

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