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May 18, 2007Press Release

Michael Best Announces Seven Associates Elected To Firm Partnership

Milwaukee, WI  – Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is pleased to announce that the following associates have been elected to the partnership.

Gayle A. Bush is a member of the Intellectual Property Pratice Group in the Milwaukee office. Her practice focuses on all aspects of patent prosecution, as well as related opinion and agreement matters. Bush is experienced in patentability analysis, infringement analysis and patent validity analysis. Prior to joining Michael Best Bush worked as a project engineer for The Trane Company, developing control systems for computer-aided heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. She received her J.D., cum laude in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. 

Luke W. DeMarte is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group focusing his practice in trademark, copyright, entertainment, general corporate and information technology law. He also has experience in general commercial transactions and litigation. DeMarte counsels clients from our Chicago office in a wide variety of industries including retail, marketing, manufacturing, music, software publishing, gaming and more. In August of 2006, DeMarte was selected as one of the Law Bulletin Publishing’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch”. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Illinois-College of Law at Urbana - Champaign in 1999.

Jeffrey S. Dunn is a member of the Manitowoc office’s Business Law Practice Group. As a 1999 cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, his practice focuses on business law, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, debtor/creditor and contract law.

Jeffrey D. Peterson is a member of the Madison Intellectual Property Practice Group, focusing on all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark and copyright law with an emphasis on securing U.S. and foreign patent protection for mechanical, chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology related inventions. In his practice he has had particular experience with Vitamin D based pharmaceuticals and genetic identity technologies. Graduating in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Peterson is also experienced with assisting clients in international and domestic trademark prosecution, trademark clearance searching, licensing, and unfair competition.

Ariana G. Voigt is a member of Intellectual Property Practice Group, concentrating her practice, from the Milwaukee office, in the fields of trademarks, copyrights, false advertising and unfair competition, including trademark enforcement, international and domestic trademark prosecution, trademark clearance searching, licensing and a wide variety of Internet issues, including domain name disputes.

Voigt handles trademark disputes through the opposition and cancellation stages; evaluates and advises clients about the existence of infringement, unfair competition, and false advertising issues; and counsels clients on the selection, clearance, and use of trademarks. She also evaluates, negotiates and drafts patent, trademark and copyright agreements and licenses. Voigt is a graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, cum laude in 2000, and was the Senior Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review.

Glen A. Weitzer is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Waukesha. A class of 2000 cum laude graduate from Marquette University Law School. Weitzer was the Managing Editor for the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review, 1999-2000. His practice focuses on patent prosecution for the mechanical arts including refrigeration systems, paper manufacturing equipment, small internal-combustion engines, motorcycle engines, and motorcycles and related accessories. Weitzer works directly with clients to develop meaningful and beneficial U.S. and foreign patent strategies. His U.S. experience includes executing focused patent searches, providing patentability opinions, and drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Weitzer is proficient in utilizing the Patent Cooperation Treaty for cost effective international patent filings and has developed a trusted relationship with foreign counsel to more efficiently prosecute clients’ patent applications in foreign countries.

Charlene L. Yager is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Madison office. Yager focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law, with a focus in patent prosecution and patent litigation in chemical and pharmaceutical fields. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, cum laude in 2000.

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