Firm appoints LA head, publishes IP primer

Intellectual property (IP) has changed more in the last 10 years than ever before. To provide a basic understanding of the various aspects of current IP law, Brooks Kushman P.C.  has issued the Sixth Edition of its IP Primer. The guide is written to help those who do not specialize in IP law, such as entrepreneurs, companies, accounting professionals and lawyers, spot IP issues, preserve and protect rights, avoid potential liability and effectively enforce their IP rights.

 “We developed the First Edition of the Brooks Kushman Primer in 1983 as an easy-to-understand overview of the various aspects of IP law and, since that time, our readers have provided positive feedback,” said Mark Cantor, president, Brooks Kushman. “As the landscape of IP law continually evolves and becomes more complex, patent, copyright and trademark issues are becoming increasingly important to a company’s overall success.” 

To provide organizations the latest rulings and insight, the Sixth Edition IP Primer provides information and commentary about recent IP issues, including: the Supreme Court’s dramatic influence surrounding injunctions in patent cases; the Federal Circuit’s decisions on calculating damages in the modern era; Congress’ introduction of the America Invents Act of 2011, considered the most
dramatic overhaul of the patent system since the Patent Act of 1952; and proper compliance to open source software licensing terms, an issue rapidly gaining importance.

Brooks Kushman  also recently appointed David S. Bir to manage the firm’s Los Angeles office. Bir has been a shareholder at Brooks Kushman’s Southfield, Mich. office for four years and will
permanently move to Los Angeles for the new position. 

In his new role, Bir will be responsible for serving the needs of the office’s current and future client base, and managing and implementing its growth strategy.

Bir, whose practice focuses primarily on U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution, has prepared and prosecuted patents that have been successfully enforced resulting in both settlements and multi-million dollar damages awarded by a jury and affirmed on appeal.

Bir earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Mich., a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and the Michigan IP Law Association.