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Brooks Kushman lawyer to head IP Inn of Court

Brooks Kushman Shareholder William Abbatt recently was elected president of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, a philanthropic organization of judges, attorneys, legal educators and law students created to promote excellency in advocacy.

Patterned after the English Inns of Court mentoring system, the Michigan Inn offers educational programs written and presented by its 100-plus members.

With the help of committee chairs, Abbatt will oversee such activities as membership operations, finances, programming, media and communications, and academic liaison. He plans to ensure the organization stays true to its original mission: to teach by example junior lawyers and law students how to advocate zealously yet ethically for their clients. Outreach initiatives directed to fledgling entrepreneurs are planned. Abbatt will coordinate programs with Judge David Lawson, who serves as liaison between the Inn and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Abbatt is a founding member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn, which was created five years ago. He is enthusiastic about moving into this position of leadership.

With more than 30 years of experience as a patent attorney, Abbatt focuses his practice on all aspects of domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution, opinions and intellectual property (IP)-related due diligence investigations, plus litigation and related client counseling. He has experience with various technologies and industries, including aeronautics, automotive, medical devices, computer software, and consumer products.


Symposium to focus on connected and autonomous vehicle advances

 Connected and autonomous car technology is evolving at a brisk pace, yet there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the capabilities of these vehicles. Considering this, the 2017 Butzel Long Connected Car Symposium will provide expert insight on the latest developments.

A half-day program will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at The Madison, located at 1555 Broadway Street in Detroit. The cost is $99 per person. A reception will follow from 4 to 6 p.m.

Feature presenters include Butzel Long attorneys Patrick W. Dreisig, Claudia Rast, Daniel Malone, Jennifer Dukarski and James Townsend.

 Register online at www.butzel.com/events/connected-car-symposium-2017. For inquiries, contact Jocelyn Pomaranski at pomaranski@butzel.com or (313) 225-7075.