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Brooks Kushman hosts workshop for Girl Scouts to earn IP patch at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Brooks Kushman will host an event on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from noon to 2 p.m. for Brownies in the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan to earn their IP Patch. The event will be held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Regional Outreach Center, located at 300 River Place Dr. in Detroit.

During the event, Girl Scouts will attend workshops led by Brooks Kushman attorneys, where they will learn to identify and design their own Trademarks and create Copyrighted pieces of work. In addition to the standard IP Patch curriculum, the girls will also have a chance to meet and speak with USPTO Midwest Regional Director Dr. Christal Sheppard, and to take a tour of the facility, which is one of just four Regional Offices in the United States.

“We are proud to offer this opportunity for Girl Scouts to learn about the different tools to protect intellectual property,” said Brooks Kushman Shareholder Elizabeth Janda. “These events teach girls valuable lessons that could one day help them protect innovations in their careers. We are especially excited that the girls will have the special opportunity to tour the USPTO regional office and meet the leadership and staff there to learn more about their role in intellectual property.”

The IP Patch is available to four levels of Girl Scouts (Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior). It was created by the Girl Scouts as a supplement to the Innovation badge series with the help of industry partners like the Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation and the USPTO.

As Girl Scouts earn each of the four levels of the IP Patch, they will learn how to think like an inventor, how inventions can improve lives, how to think like an entrepreneur and how to identify and develop solutions for social problems.
Brooks Kushman Shareholder Elizabeth Janda, Senior Attorney Jennifer Ziegler and Associate, Rachel Smith will present and lead hands-on workshops during the event.

The event fee, which includes all supplies, a snack and the IP Patch, is $5 per girl. Interested Girl Scouts in troops that are part of the Southeastern Michigan Council can find more information and register for the event here.


Free Legal Aid Clinic Annual Spring Fundraiser April 16

The Free Legal Aid Clinic will celebrate its 51st Anniversary at the Helveston Residence at 1686 Balmoral Dr., Detroit from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Attendees will have opportunity to meet the newly elected board of the Free Legal Aid Clinic. Enjoy live music, light hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar. Minimum suggested donation is $70 per ticket. Tickets are available for law students only at the discounted rate of $35 per ticket or $80 total for a law student, plus a non-law student guest. For more information or to RSVP by April 8, email FLAC Vice-Chair Kristin Sage at flac@detroit flac.com.


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