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John Krieger Gives Presentation at the American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA) Spring Conference

John Krieger (Member, Las Vegas) was invited to give a presentation at the American Intellectual Property Association(AIPLA)Spring Conference on May 17th, in San Diego, CA.  Jeff’s Trademark/ Copyright session topic was, “A Constant Battle: Trademarks in the Media and Entertainment Industries.” AIPLA was pleased to welcome nearly 500 IP practitioners​ from around the globe. Attendees took part in two and a half days of CLE education, committee meetings, and social events.Please feel free to contact John Krieger (Member, Las Vegas) at...

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Outstanding News and Congratulations to 5 of DW Attorneys on Being Selected to the 2017 IP Stars!

We are very pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized for its Intellectual Property expertise in Michigan and five attorneys within the firm were named 2017 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property.  The firm’s Patent Filing and Prosecution practice received a “Highly Recommended” rating and the Trademark practice received a “Recommended” rating. In addition to the firm’s rankings, Attorneys John S. Artz (Member, Troy), is ranked as an IP Star for Patent and Trademark.  Fred W. Hathaway (Member, Washington, D.C.) is ranked as an IP Star for Trademark.William H. Honaker (Member, Troy) is ranked as an IP Star for Patent and Trademark.  Daniel D. Quick (Member and Practice Department Manager: Commercial Litigation, Antitrust & Trade Regulation and ADR, Troy) is ranked as an IP Star for Trademark. And Mark Scott (Member, Austin) is ranked as an IP Star in Patent and Trademark. Outstanding news and congratulations on being selected to the 2017 IP Stars! John S. Artz is a Member in the firm’s Troy, Mich. office and is ranked as an IP Star for Patent and Trademark. He has been lead counsel for many companies in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters. He is co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice and focuses on patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation. He also actively counsels clients on patent and trademark prosecution as well as clearance matters....

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Dickinson Wright recognized for our practices in Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, and Tennessee

On May 26th, Chambers & Partners released their ChambersUSA 2017 Guide. Dickinson Wright was once again recognized for our practices in Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, and Tennessee. Thirty-five of our attorneys were recognized as “Leaders in their Fields” with an additional four lawyers being noted as “Recognized Practitioners.” This is quite an honor and we congratulate all of our practices and attorneys who were included this year, including for the first time as “Leaders in their Field” for Intellectual Property, John S. Artz and John C. Nishi. Congratulations to all of our groups and recipients of Chambers...

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Moving Forward After TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods

By: Russell Franks and Franklin Smith  The Supreme Court’s recent opinion in TC Heartland, LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, LLC, overturns almost three decades of Federal Circuit jurisprudence on the issue of  where a patent holder may properly file suit. In a unanimous decision authored by Justice Thomas, the Court held that a corporation “resides” only in its state of incorporation for purposes of determining proper venue under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). As a result, a patentee seeking to sue a domestic corporation may only do so in (1) where the alleged infringer resides (i.e., its state of incorporation) or (2) in a venue the alleged infringer has committed an infringing act and has a regular and established place of business. See 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). This departs from previous precedent allowing an alleged infringer to be sued in any district where a company was subject to personal jurisdiction (i.e., any district where it had committed an infringing act was a “residence” under the statute for venue purposes). The previous rule permitted a cottage industry to spring up in districts viewed as patentee friendly, such as the notorious Eastern District of Texas. The Supreme Court’s ruling will render many patentee’s hopes of filing in the Eastern District of Texas a relic of the past.   In TC Heartland, a patentee (Kraft Foods) brought suit against a competitor (TC Heartland)...

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Derek Crownover quoted in the New York Times Music Section

Derek Crownover (Member and Entertainment Law Practice Leader, Music Row) was recently quoted in the New York Times Music Section article, “Paramore Bounces Back With Old Faces and a New Sound.”  Derek Crownover, along with Hugh Howser (Member, Nashville), Dustin Kovacic (Associate, Music Row), Cam Caldwell (Of Counsel, Music Row) and John Krieger (Member, Las Vegas) represented Jeremy Davis, former founding member of the Grammy-award winning band Paramore, in concurrent state and federal litigation with the band and its managers and business managers over claims of implied partnership, fiduciary duty breaches, breaches of contract and copyright authorship. The article briefly discusses the litigation and Mr. Davis’s claims, quoting Derek to clarify the current status of the case. Since the article was posted, Mr. Davis has settled his claims with all parties and continues to expand into new ventures as a solo musician and producer.Please feel free to contact our attorneys.  In our Music Row office: Derek Crownover can be reached at 615-577-9602, Dustin Kovacic may be reached at 615-57-9608 and  Cam Caldwell can be contacted at 615-577-9610.  Hugh Howser is located in our Nashville office and his telephone number is 615-780-1102.  John Krieger may be contacted in our Las Vegas office at...

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