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Ann Arbor, Mich. September 12, 2019—Attorneys with the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., have been actively engaged in activities surrounding intellectual property law this summer. Recent publications and speaking engagements include: 

  • Shareholder Jim Cleland served as panel moderator at Autolex: Autonomous Vehicle Legal Forum September 10 in Detroit. The panel included IP counsel from Uber and Visteon, and addressed the topic: “What role does open source play in advancing autonomous vehicle technology?”  Earlier this summer, Cleland also served as a panelist for DBusiness’s breakfast series event, held July 23 at the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business in Detroit. Focusing on the topic “Mobility as a service,” Cleland discussed setting uniform standards for autonomous vehicle technology, open source patent pooling, and the trend of U.S. trucking fleets playing a large role in transporting goods via autonomous and electric vehicles.
  • Keith Weiss, Ph.D., counsel, published an article titled “Trade Secrets: Reasonable Precautions” in the September/October issue of Res Ipsa Loquitur, a publication of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. On July 29, Weiss also guest lectured at Kettering University on the topic “Intellectual property basics: Competitive intelligence and creating patent landscapes” for Professor Marcy Gilliam’s Chemical Engineering Advanced Design class.
  • On August 14, the Center for Biosimilars published Shareholder Josh Ney, Ph.D.’s, article titled “Exclusivity for Biologic Products Under the USMCA: What Is Changing and What Happens Next?” on its website

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