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July 22, 2016

Gayle Bush quoted in "Elizabeth Miller: Top Corporate Counsel - Rising Star"

Michael Best Partner Gayle A. Bush was quoted in the Milwaukee Business Journal article featuring 2016 Top Corporate Counsel - Rising Star honoree Elizabeth Miller. Click here to read the complete article.

Milwaukee Tool just might want to patent Elizabeth Miller.

Since it began in 1924, Milwaukee Tool has become an industrial leader in innovative cordless power tools and function-specific accessories known for their durability and performance.

As general counsel, Miller certainly helps protect hundreds of patents, representing decades of research and development and multi-millions of dollars in investment. More than 40 of them alone surround lithium-ion battery technology. Brookfield-based Milwaukee Tool uses “disruptive innovation” to produce and market in the fastest possible way.

“We have some lofty and aggressive business goals,” Miller said. “It’s up to my team to make sure that the business can achieve those goals with the least amount of legal risk as possible. I have a great team that has worked incredibly
hard.”

Consequently, Miller and her legal team are extremely vigilant, marshaling the critical details as new products come more efficiently and faster.

“Liz has been at the forefront of developing a comprehensive intellectual property strategy that aligns with the business strategy of Milwaukee Tool,” said Gayle Bush, a lawyer with Milwaukee law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. “From 2005 through 2015, 327 patents have been issued, a 300 percent increase over the number issued the previous 15 years.”

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