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August 26, 2019Press Release

Michael Best Expands Intellectual Property Group in Wisconsin

Michael Best is pleased to announce the addition of Scott Diring and Christian (Nick) Schaefer to the Intellectual Property practice group. Diring joins as senior counsel in Waukesha and Schaefer as an associate in Milwaukee.

“Scott and Nick have extensive engineering backgrounds and firsthand experience working for technology companies in that capacity, making them uniquely able to understand our clients’ needs and address them from both the legal and business side,” said Glen Weitzer, Chair of Michael Best’s Intellectual Property practice group. “They’re fantastic additions, and their skillset and background will mesh perfectly with our current teams in Wisconsin and nationally.”

Diring focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling, including the strategic use of patents and how to best leverage patents. In addition, he handles the pre-litigation management of patent disputes and advises clients on litigation avoidance and dispute resolution tactics. He counsels technology clients in a variety of sectors including software, semiconductor, telecommunications, and medical devices. 

Schaefer counsels clients on patent portfolio management, procurement, strategy and prosecution in the U.S. and internationally. He also advises on due diligence, freedom to operate searches and analyzes patentability, invalidity, and infringement on behalf of clients. His clients include companies in the mechanical and electro-mechanical technology industries.  

Michael Best’s national patent and intellectual property team has seen additional growth this summer, with the recent additions of patent engineers Colden Krasinski, Kristin Galvin, Matthew Francis and Taylor James in Milwaukee and Katherine Marshall in Salt Lake City. The Chicago office also added Ashley Cowie as a patent scientist and the Denver office added Isadora Bielsky as a patent agent.

Diring earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his B.S., magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Prior to his legal career, Diring worked as an engineer and patent agent. He was most recently a partner at Amerson Law Firm PLLC.

Schaefer earned his J.D., cum laude, from Marquette University Law School and his B.S., cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Schaefer previously held engineering roles at General Electric Aviation and was an in-house summer associate with Kohler Company. He was most recently an associate at K&L Gates.

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