Meeting Archive


November 15, 2022 (Tuesday) – IN PERSON for Game Night!

Changes in MPEP since COVID hit and relevant court decisions since Jan. 2020.

Time: 5:30 pm-6:30pm GAMETIME!/ 6:30-7:30pm Networking

Location: Valentine Distilling (161 Vester Ave, Ferndale MI 48220)

Parking: Lot 15 on East Breckenridge St (156 E Breckenridge St) or Public Parking on Vesper Ave (141 Vester Ave) or limited street parking

  • January 18, 2022 (Tuesday) – 3rd Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Location: Virtual

  • February 9, 2022 (Wednesday) – 4th Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Location: TBA

  • Summer Gathering - Thank You

  • Detroit Fleat in Ferndale (

  • Thursday, August 26 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

  • October 12, 2021 (Tuesday) – 1st Meeting - New Member Orientation at 5:30 p.m. and Welcome/Kick-Off Meeting from 6-7:30. Location: Planterra in West Bloomfield

  • November 10, 2021 (Wednesday) – 2nd Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Location: UDM School of Law

December 2021 – Community Outreach Event. Location and date: TBA

October 1, 2020 - New Member Orientation and Welcome/Kick-Off Meeting

November 12, 2020 - First Program

December 2020 - Holiday Charity Event

February 2, 2021 - Second Program

March 2, 2021 - Third Program Game Show

April 21, 2021 5:30-7:30 PM- Fourth Program COMBINED WITH ATLANTA IP INN

  • POSTPONED – Match Game, 5:30 p.m.

Location: HopCat (Royal Oak) **NEW LOCATION**

208 W 5th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

  • POSTPONED - May 14, 2020 – Annual Dinner beginning with cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m.

Location: TBA

  • January 16, 2020 – Corporate Counsel Panel, 5:30 p.m.

Location: Detroit Athletic Club

Reminder DAC Dress Code applies:

"No denim of any style or color. Professional business attire includes business suits, sports coats and ties for men or skirt and pant suits and dresses for women."

  • February 27, 2020 –Pro Bono Program with the Detroit PTO at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Rattlesnake Club

  • December 10, 2019 – Community Outreach Event. with Oakland County Bar

Happy hour and toy drive benefiting The Bottomless Toy Chest

Location: Woodward Avenue Brewers

22646 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220

The Inn is hosting a charity event to benefit the Bottomless Toy Chest on December 10, which will be co-hosted with the OCBA. The Bottomless Toy Chest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to delivering empowering toys, craft projects, and interactive activities to hospitalized pediatric oncology patients.

Please bring a gift unwrapped, and wrapping centers will be set up at the event. Even if you are not able to attend the event, we also ask that you please consider providing a gift to help support the Inn's mission of charitable outreach.

  • November 5, 2019 – Trivia Night, 5:30 p.m.

Location: Two James Spirits

2445 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

  • October 10, 2019 – New Member Orientation at 5:30 p.m. and Welcome/Kick-Off Meeting from 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Birmingham Athletic Club

4033 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

  • April 17, 2019 – Program 4 (5:00 pm). Location: Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse (Detroit Room), 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226

Program: IP History in the Eastern District of Detroit (April 17, 2019)

This program will begin with a history of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan provided by Court Historian Judy Christie. A number of famous IP cases originating from our District will be profiled, including Caraco v. Novo Nordisk, KSR v. Teleflex, GM v. Devex, and others

  • May 16, 2019 – Annual Dinner (5:00 pm). Location: Birmingham Country Club, 1750 Saxon Drive., Birmingham, MI 48009

  • January 22, 2019 – Program 2 (5:00 pm). Location: Iroquois Club, 43248 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Program: “Just whose side are you on, anyway?”

This program will address various ethical issues from the perspective of an IP attorney from first meeting to the end of the relationship. Situations will focus on moments when the client’s interests diverge from the attorney’s interest.

  • March 5, 2019 – Program 3 (5:00 pm). Location: Detroit Golf Club, 17911 Hamilton Rd., Detroit, MI 48203

Program: Quiz Bowl (March 5, 2019)

Pupilage teams will participate in a Quiz Bowl involving questions relating to law, ethics, general trivia, the history of Detroit and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, as well as Inn related questions. Extra bonus points will be awarded to those groups answering specific questions about their pupilage team members’ background. Prizes will be awarded to the top three groups.

December 1, 2018– Jingle Bell Run, The Corner Ballpark (Michigan and Trumbull)

Along with another Inn or Bar association, we will sponsor a team to participate in the Jingle Bell Run in Detroit. This will support the Arthritis Foundation

  • November 14, 2018 Program: Phillips v BRI: A Tale of Two Standards

November 14, 2018

5:00 p.m.

Andiamo Bloomfield Hills

6676 Telegraph Rd.

Bloomfield Twp., MI 48301

248 865-9300

  • September 27, 2018 – New Member Orientation (3:30 pm for new members), followed by Welcome/Kick-Off Meeting with hors d’oeuvres and drinks (4:30-6:00 pm for new/returning/Honorary members). Location: Steve Sharf Clubhouse – OU Golf & Learning Center

Golf Pavillion Room

492 Golf View Lane

Rochester, MI 48309-4477

(Use Adams Road entrance south of Walton Boulevard)

May 9, 2018 (6:00 pm); Location: Oakland Hills Country Club

  • Annual Dinner; "A Year in Review"

April 10, 2018 (4:30 pm); Location: University of Detroit, School of Law

  • Federal Circuit Practice & Insights: A Townhall with Federal Circuit Judge Kara Stoll

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

Meeting Videos

Nov. 16, 2014 Meeting - Video

1st Michigan IP Inn of Court Meeting (video)

AIA Meeting (video)

2019 Nominate a New Member

If you would like to nominate an individual for consideration by the Michigan IP Inn of Court, please use the above form to submit their name and information.

2019 Nominee Statement

If you have been nominated for consideration, please use the above link to provide your Nominee Statement.

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

Facts & Themes 2015

4th Annual Dinner

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)

Program Outline

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)

Fact Pattern

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 6 PM

Location: Honigman Business Law Firm Atrium

39400 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Topic: Inter Partes Review

Fact Pattern

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

Syllabi Supreme Court 13-14 Term IP Decisions

Cases for Nov 6 Program

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.

The event was covered in The Oakland County Legal News.