Roles Reversed

By: Thomas A. Hallin You’re an experienced trial attorney, having represented clients in a number of patent cases in Federal Court throughout the country.  Granted, you are not a registered patent attorney, but you can and have litigated circles around the “patent geeks”; in fact, you immediately point this fact out to a prospective client. Until the AIA came into play, general litigators … [Read more...]

When “Exceptional” Doesn’t Mean Exceptional

By: Thomas A. Hallin If a patent attorney were to tell a general practitioner without much knowledge of patent litigation practice that a judge found his case to be “exceptional”, the general practitioner, mistakenly believing this to be a good thing, may offer his congratulations.  Yet in the twisted world of patent litigation, all is not what it would appear to be, and “exceptional” does not … [Read more...]

How Far Does The “Duty to Supervise” Disciplinary Net Extend?

By: Thomas A. Hallin Disciplinary agencies, such as Michigan’s Attorney Grievance Commission and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), the disciplinary branch of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), consider an attorney’s duty to supervise in determining whether or not to hand down discipline.  Very few attorneys would argue the fact that such a duty exists with respect to … [Read more...]

Fishman Stewart PLLC Celebrates its 20-Year Anniversary

Fishman Stewart PLLC was founded in 1996 as Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC. Michael Fishman and Michael Stewart are founding members of the original IP Firm.  We are proud to celebrate 20 years of providing excellent intellectual property law services. It has been a privilege to work with and serve our clients for the past 20 years! Fishman Stewart PLLC is a full-service intellectual property … [Read more...]

Michael Fluhler and Paul Ratzmann to Speak at ICLE Intellectual Property for Health Care Lawyers Seminar

Fishman Stewart Partners Paul R. Ratzmann and Michael T. Fluhler will serve as speakers at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Intellectual Property for Health Care Lawyers Seminar. The topic of discussion is: Identify and Protect Your Health Care Clients' IP. The Intellectual Property for Health Care Lawyers Seminar will be held at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI on … [Read more...]

Michael Stewart Comments on Starting Salary Among IP Law Firms in Crain’s Detroit Business article

This article was originally published in Crain's Detriot Business on February 19, 2016. See Crain's article:  It's still not a shabby first paycheck, when you're 26 ...   … [Read more...]

Nivita Beri Promoted to Partner at Fishman Stewart PLLC

Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States -- January 21, 2016  Fishman Stewart PLLC is pleased to announce that Nivita Beri has been named as a partner of the firm. “Nivita is a valuable member of our Trademark Team,” said Michael Fishman. “I am very pleased to have her as a partner of our firm.” Nivita Beri focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark prosecution, unfair … [Read more...]

Michael T. Fluhler Promoted to Partner at Fishman Stewart PLLC

Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States -- January 19, 2016 -- Fishman Stewart PLLC is pleased to announce that Michael T. Fluhler has been named as a partner of the firm. “We are very happy to announce this well-deserved promotion for Michael Fluhler,” said Michael Stewart, founding partner. “The wealth of practical experience that Michael brings to the firm including his specialized real-world … [Read more...]

Michael T. Fluhler Honored as a 2015 Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Fishman Stewart is pleased to announce that Michael Fluhler was named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyer.” The award luncheon was held at the Detroit Marriott in Troy on December 17th to celebrate the members of the 2015 class. According to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyers honor recipients are "legal practitioners who are establishing a name for themselves, go above … [Read more...]

Barbara Mandell and Melissa Atherton Successful in a UDRP Arbitration Against Serial Cybersquatter on behalf Jet’s America (Jet’s Pizza)

The on line ordering coordinator for Jet’s America (Jet’s Pizza) noticed something fishy when she typed the words www.jetspiza.com into her browser: she was redirected to the ordering page for Pizza Hut.  What was going on? That’s when she contacted Attorney Barbara Mandell for help. Fishman Stewart Attorneys Barb Mandell and  Melissa Atherton agreed that it was unlikely that Pizza Hut itself … [Read more...]