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May 26, 2015Press Release

Nine Michael Best Attorneys Named 2015 IP Stars

Milwaukee, WI (May 26, 2015) – Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys J. Donald Best, Luke W. DeMarte, Richard L. Kaiser, Charles A. Laff, Jonathan H. Margolies, Kevin P. Moran, David R. Price, David B. Smith and Charlene L. Yager have been named 2015 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine. The publication also lists Michael Best in the Highly Recommended category. Based on the IP World Survey, which covers over 80 countries and includes rankings based on extensive research among IP practitioners, the IP Stars list is recommended and confirmed by honorees’ peers and clients in each respective jurisdiction.

Best, selected in the areas of Patent Litigation and Trademark Enforcement and Litigation, is a trial lawyer and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. His practice includes providing IP counseling and litigation services to clients in highly technical fields involving biotechnology, mechanical arts, electronics, pharmaceuticals, computer products, chemical processing, telecommunications, medical devices and a wide variety of commercial products.

DeMarte is a partner focusing his practice in trademark, copyright and entertainment law. He also has experience in general commercial transactions and litigation. DeMarte is selected in the areas of Copyright, Counseling, Licensing, Trademark Enforcement and Litigation, and Trademark Prosecution.

Kaiser, a partner selected in the areas of Patent Prosecution and Patent Strategy and Counseling, focuses his practice on patent prosecution in the mechanical arts. He has extensive experience in all facets of U.S. and foreign prosecution, both with utility and design patents. He counsels clients in the office products, automotive and industrial/agricultural machinery industries.

Laff has had a long and extensive career in representing clients in all phases of intellectual property law. Much of his work relates to intellectual property litigation, where he has been lead trial and appellate counsel in hundreds of lawsuits involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Margolies, a partner practicing primarily in the area of intellectual property litigation, represents large commercial clients in patent cases, trademark cases, unfair competition cases and trade libel cases. His cases have involved a wide range of technologies, including locks, computer systems, LEDs, luggage, metallurgy, mining equipment, digital music files, trailers, snow throwers, lawn mowers and food processing machinery.

Moran, former chair of the Michael Best’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, is selected in the areas of PTAB Litigation (USPTO), Counseling, Licensing, Patent Litigation and Patent Prosecution. As a partner and member of the Firm’s Management Committee, his practice includes the acquisition and enforcement of United States and foreign patents. Moran also counsels clients in challenging the validity and enforcement of competitors’ patents, including challenging patents through ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings and Post-Grant Proceedings.

Price is a partner and also a former Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He focuses on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, as well as product design and development counseling.

Smith, who has practiced for more than 35 years, has extensive experience in product design counseling and the development of new and innovative products. Mr. Smith also has a wide-ranging background in providing global IP strategies for manufacturers and intellectual property owners.

Yager is a senior counsel member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on patent procurement and portfolio management in Life Sciences. Her experience includes inventions relating to small molecules, methods of treatment, particularly cancer therapies, pharmaceuticals, chemical products, biotech research tools and biotech inventions, including tissue engineering.

Founded in 1990, Managing IP is the leading source of news and analysis on all intellectual property developments worldwide. Features include: news on major cases, deals and legislation; analysis of strategies and trends; data; interviews and profiles of leading figures in IP; surveys of leading IP firms; and case studies.

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