Intellectual Property and Litigation

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Intellectual Property and Litigation

Every business begins, grows, and endures by protecting their great ideas. Kerr Russell helps businesses thrive in today’s digital and international economy by advising them how to properly manage, register, use and protect their intellectual property assets.

Our attorneys are skilled in the licensing, registration and enforcement of trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, software and other intellectual property. Kerr Russell’s intellectual property lawyers are also experienced intellectual property litigators, who can seamlessly and aggressively advance our clients’ interests and defend against infringement claims in any forum.

Our capabilities in intellectual property law and litigation include:

  • Copyright registrations, licensing and litigation
  • Trademark registrations, licensing and litigation
  • Patent licensing and litigation
  • Trade secret protection and litigation
  • Technology protection, licensing and litigation
  • Intellectual property management and audits
  • Internet and eCommerce matters
  • Software development and licensing
  • Matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

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Newsletters

+Practicing Attorneys & Staff

Attorneys

Michael A. Sneyd

Member

Katherine F. Cser

Associate

Jeffrey A. May

Associate

+Related Insights

January 8, 2019

Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act Effective March 2019

Michigan’s paid sick-time measure, the Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act (the “Act”) will go into effect this March. The Act, signed by Governor Snyder on December 14, 2018, provides 40 hours annually of paid sick time to eligible employees who work for employers with 50 or more employees.

November 16, 2018

Recreational Marijuana and the Michigan Workplace: New Considerations for Employers

On Tuesday, November 6th, Michigan residents voted yes on Proposal 1, the “Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act,” which permits individuals over the age of 21 to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, among other things.*

March 16, 2018

Kerr Russell's Max Sneyd quoted in Forbes' article "First Death Of A Pedestrian Struck By An Autonomous Vehicle May Set Tone For Lawyers And Liability"

Kerr Russell member Max Sneyd (intellectual property, automotive) is quoted in the Forbes article "First Death Of A Pedestrian Struck By An Autonomous Vehicle May Set Tone For Lawyers And Liability" by David Kiley.

January 26, 2018

Download Kerr Russell's updated firm brochure and overview of services

Kerr Russell is proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874. Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area. We know Michigan business like the back of our hands.

January 15, 2018

Honoring the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and every day, we at Kerr Russell honor Reverend King’s leadership and his legacy as well as the critical importance of diversity and opportunity in this great land of ours. Strength comes from difference; a multiplicity of voices brings positive change; understanding and inclusion inspire creativity and innovation.

November 13, 2017

Starting Your Start Up Right

Before you can put your idea into practice, you need to protect yourself and your intellectual property ...

February 11, 2015

James E. DeLine authors article in the February, 2015 OESA Legal Corner "Five Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Next NDA"

Does your company’s standard non-disclosure agreement (NDA) truly protect your confidential information or is it missing something? An NDA is a legally binding contract, so it deserves the same scrutiny as other legal documents. A poorly drafted NDA can spawn litigation or worse – cause competitive harm to your organization.

December 29, 2013

Max Sneyd authors "Controlling Corporate Information on Personal Devices" for the Kerr Russell Intellectual Property Newsletter

Social media is a place to share personal information and can be a place to mine information about others. Because of this, students, job applicants and employees are repeatedly warned to limit what they post in social media at the risk of being passed over for admission, a new job or losing their current employment.

October 11, 2013

Max Sneyd authors "Choosing a Name for Your Business, a Trademark Perspective" for the Kerr Russell IP Newsletter

Businesses spend countless hours and resources to research and develop effective names for their corporate entities, products and services. While much of the consideration properly addresses marketing concerns, there are important trademark issues that should be considered when choosing a name.

March 13, 2013

Max Sneyd authors "Is Your Business Protected from Cybersquatters?" for the Kerr Russell Intellectual Property Newsletter

Trademark rights prohibit the use of another company's trademarks or service marks to describe other goods or services, or in other ways that will likely cause confusion among consumers.
+Related News

December 17, 2018

Jeffrey May honored as Up & Coming Lawyer at Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2018 Luncheon

Congratulations to Jeffery May who was recognized as of one of Michigan Lawyer's Weekly's "Up & Coming Lawyers" at their luncheon on December 13, at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

November 9, 2018

Wayne State students partner with Kerr Russell to create a non-profit organization to provide meals to those in need in Metro Detroit.

In 2016, two freshmen from Wayne State University, Nicholas Ang and Camilla Cascardo, decided to take it upon themselves to address hunger issues by redistributing food from university cafeterias and local restaurants that would have otherwise gone to waste.

September 18, 2018

Max Sneyd quoted in Forbes article "Elon Musk Sued By Rescue Diver Following Twitter Attacks"

Kerr Russell member Max Sneyd(intellectual property) is quoted in the Forbes article "Elon Musk Sued By Rescue Diver Following Twitter Attacks" by David Kiley.

September 7, 2018

15 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated "Super Lawyers" by Thomson Reuters:

June 24, 2018

Max Sneyd presents "Starting Your Start Up Right" to capacity crowd at Detroit TechStars Start Up Week

Kerr Russell member Max Sneyd (intellectual property) presented “Starting Your Start Up Right” as part of Detroit Startup Week to an engaged and enthusiastic crowd. From the session description: "Before you can put your idea into practice, you need to protect yourself and your intellectual property. Attorney Max Sneyd will provide quick, actionable feedback on how to protect yourself and your ideas early in the entrepreneurial process."  

March 29, 2018

Detroit Public Television's PBSNewsHour and Nightly Business Report to be sponsored by Kerr Russell

Kerr Russell is pleased to support Detroit Public Television, and, beginning April 2, the following spot will air during PBS NewsHour (weekdays, 6-7 pm) and the Nightly Business Report (weekdays, 7-7:30 pm). View the spot here.

February 26, 2018

Kerr Russell's latest ad "Driven By Results" debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week

Kerr Russell's latest ad "Driven By Results" debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week. The ad emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We understand the region. We know what moves Michigan. We are committed to the community."

February 9, 2018

Kerr Russell supports "Life is a Cabaret" American Cancer Society Relay for Life event

On February 7, Kerr Russell turned out in force to support Life is a Cabaret: LIVE Musical Fundraiser for Relay For Life of Canton and Plymouth, MI. Director of Marketing Roy Sexton performed a number of songs during the show and served as a co-emcee alongside Christopher Tremblay, Ed.D.. Kerr Russell attendees (pictured) included Angie Lyons-Hincks, Candice Hadley, Brandy Mathie, Ashley Racette, Sue Smith, Cindy Villeneuve, Jan Clarey, Jeffrey May, Kathleen Westfall, Gail Showler, Laura Evans Jones, Karen Schumer, Debra Behrmann, Heather Kalfayan, Kristina Kalfayan, Kelly Hinojosa, Jackie Klima, Susan Willis, and their friends and family.

January 15, 2018

Influencing the Legal Landscape - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the third ad in the new "Est. in Detroit 1874" series: "Influencing the legal landscape." The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We don't sit on the sidelines. We are active in industry groups and we're driving legislative change. We are leaders in the law."

January 10, 2018

Max and Joy Sneyd featured in Downtown Newsmagazine

Kerr Russell member Max Sneyd and his wife Joy were featured in Downtown Newsmagazine attending the Detroit International Wine Auction.

January 3, 2018

Kerr Russell highlighted in Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue

Look for Kerr Russell attorneys and advertising (pages 92-95) in the Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue. Earlier in 2017, a number of Kerr Russell's attorneys and practice areas were honored with U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers recognition.

December 18, 2017

Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan

One of our traditions here at Kerr Russell is to hold a holiday raffle to benefit three local charities as well as to conduct a toy drive for local children. This year's raffle (many of the beautiful and festive prizes picture here) raised a record total of $3,450 which will be divided equally among three organizations: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor.

November 30, 2017

Merry and bright ... Kerr Russell welcomes the holiday season

It's a time to celebrate, reflect and remember. However you mark the holidays, we hope your days are filled with warmth and thankfulness, good times, and endless cheer. As another year draws to a close, we at Kerr Russell are grateful to you. You give purpose to our work and add meaning to our relationships. Your trust is a cherished gift. Enjoy these images as we get our offices ready to celebrate the holiday season. Design by Mandy Lark of Lark Interior Design.

November 16, 2017

Culture of Connection - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the second ad in the new "Est. in Detroit 1874" series: "A culture of connection." The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We are relationship focused. We know our people and our clients are the lifeblood of our firm."

November 3, 2017

Kerr Russell launches new advertising in upcoming issues of dbusiness and Crain's Detroit

With this month's issue of dbusiness, focused on Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Kerr Russell launches its new brand advertising with "A Track Record of Results." Working with Identity Public Relations and Marketing, Kerr Russell's marketing team developed the creative to emphasize the firm's longstanding place in Detroit's legal and business history.

November 1, 2017

Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the eighth consecutive year, announce the "Best Law Firms" rankings.

October 17, 2017

Kerr Russell welcomes new associate Andrew Eurich

Andrew Eurich started this week as a new associate at Kerr Russell. His practice focuses on corporate and transactional (M&A) work. Having recently served as in-house corporate counsel for a broadcast communications company, Andrew has had extensive experience in contract drafting, structuring of acquisitions and divestitures, real estate deals, banking transactions, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property.

October 2, 2017

Jeffrey May named to Original Equipment Suppliers Association’s Young Leadership Council

Kudos to Jeffrey May, associate, who was just named to Original Equipment Suppliers Association’s Young Leadership Council. This new class cohort - the organization’s sixth - begins its activities later this month.

September 19, 2017

Kerr Russell team places second and scores longest drive at Detroit Chinese Business Association golf outing

At the 22nd Annual Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) International Golf Opening at Indianwood Golf and Country Club, our attorneys experienced a great afternoon of golfing and kinship, plus a wonderful dinner with opening remarks by Executive Office, Oakland County, Michigan's Deputy Executive Matthew Gibb.

August 15, 2017

Max Sneyd interviewed for MLive article "Yes, Red Wings could go after hate groups using their logo"

From MLive.com: "Do the club and the league have legal recourse from preventing their intellectual property from being used in such manner? It is not cut and dry, there are gray areas.

April 10, 2016

Max Sneyd and Jacquelyn Klima obtained a $3.7 million judgment and a permanent injunction for Nedschroef Detroit Corp. in a federal case involving trademark infringement and the theft of trade secrets. The judgment was affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court

The Sixth Circuit on Friday upheld a Michigan federal court’s determination that the ex-­employees of a fastener company who started a rival business owe their former employer $3.68 million in damages for unfair competition, unjust enrichment and several other counts.