The 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act fundamentally changed the process by which life sciences companies protect their inventions. U.S. patents are no longer awarded to the first to invent, but instead to the first to file. As a result, understanding the system and the standards for protecting intellectual property is as crucial today as understanding the science behind it.
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Rose brings the strategic insights and perspective gained from her experience as a certified public accountant and registered tax return preparer to her focus on estate planning matters. Her focus includes: estate and trust administration; preparation of fiduciary, individual, death, partnership, private foundations and gift tax returns; and financial analysis and tax planning.
Serene provides clearance and validity opinions, and drafts and prosecutes patents for clients in a variety of manufacturing and medical industries. Prior to joining Michael Best, Serene served as a law clerk for Honorable Judge Kevin E. Martens on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court and as an extern for Honorable Judge Charles Clevert of the United States District Court ─ Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Tanya defends companies in state and federal litigation involving commercial breach of contract, business tort disputes, real estate matters, and trademarks. She also has experience in public contracts and bid protests. Tanya has significant experience in cases involving the Consumer Telephone Protection Act (TCPA), and often advises clients on TCPA compliance issues.
Dan brings a wealth of experience in the electric and gas industries to his work at Michael Best. He represents the full range of industry enterprises, including electric transmission companies, natural gas pipelines, natural gas and electric distribution companies, and independent marketers.
A member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Michael focuses primarily on the drafting and prosecution of patents in electrical and optical technologies. He has provided services to clients ranging from sole inventors to Fortune 500 corporations. Michael has particular experience in technology related to smartphone hardware, especially displays and image sensors.
Larry is a former co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice group. A strong litigator, he also prosecutes both United States and international patents, trademark and copyright applications, and prepares intellectual property licenses. Due to his extensive background in many areas of intellectual property law, including both transactional and litigation experience, Larry is highly qualified to achieve positive outcomes using innovative strategies.
Ed serves as a trusted advisor and counselor to business clients in various stages of the dispute resolution process. Taking a creative and practical approach, he helps clients evaluate and manage risk, execute strategic initiatives, and resolve disputes. His strategic perspective extends beyond the dispute to his client’s overall goals and mission. He recognizes that his success is measured by his client’s ultimate success in the marketplace.
Tim provides strategic counsel on tax matters contested by the Internal Revenue Service, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, and the taxing authorities of other state and local jurisdictions. Contested matters, for Fortune 1000 and other clients, include: federal income taxation of banks, insurance companies and manufacturers; multistate apportionment and allocation of income; transfer pricing among affiliated entities; and sales and use tax for retailers, manufacturers and construction contractors.
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