Daily Briefs

 Oral arguments set in Michigan gay marriage case 

DETROIT (AP) — Oral arguments have been officially scheduled by a federal appeals court about Michigan's dispute over gay marriage.

A court filing Monday says that arguments are planned for Aug. 6 before a three-judge panel at the Cincinnati-based court. The filing notes, however, that the arguments could be canceled if the judges decide briefs and the court record are enough for a decision.
 
More than 300 same-sex couples were married in March after a Detroit federal judge said Michigan's 2004 voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier suspended the decision while the appeal is pending.
 

Clark Hill ranked number one in growth by percentage of lawyers 

Clark Hill PLC was ranked the number one law firm to have grown by percentage of lawyers in 2013, by the 2014 National Law Journal (NLJ) 350 survey, the publication's annual ranking of U.S. law firms by number of attorneys.
The survey reports that Clark Hill PLC grew from 210 attorneys in 2012, to 284 in 2013, reflecting an additional 74 attorneys to join the firm or a 35.2% increase by percentage of lawyers. The number one ranked firm to have grown by number of lawyers is K&L Gates, gaining an additional 255 attorneys in 2013.
 
Overall, the survey shows that the nation's 350 largest firms grew by 3.9 percent in 2013.
 

Brooks Kushman earns gold honors in Patent 1000 listing

Brooks Kushman, intellectual property and technology law firm, is now listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual Patent 1000, a guide that recognizes the world’s top patent law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. The 2014 IAM Patent 1000 issue marks the first time any firms from Michigan were included in the publication. Of the Michigan firms listed in the directory, Brooks Kushman is the only firm listed as a gold-standard patent firm. 
 
“Being listed as Michigan’s only gold-standard firm is a great honor, and is a tribute to the exceptional work of our attorneys and staff” said Mark Cantor, president of Brooks Kushman. “Having the firm listed in IAM’s Patent 1000is proof that growth is possible without sacrificing quality service.”

In addition to the firm’s recognition, President Mark A. Cantor and Shareholders William G. Abbatt, John E. Nemazi, and Sangeeta G. Shah were also recognized as patent leaders in Michigan. Cantor is recognized for his 30+ years of patent litigation experience while Abbatt, Nemazi, and Shah are each recognized for their extensive experience in patent prosecution. Nemazi and Shah’spractice also includes post-grant proceedings before the U.S.
Patent Trial and Appeal Board.