Duly Noted


Nattler named to SBM IP Law Section    

Dickinson Wright PLLC, with 18 offices, including one in Grand Rapids, is pleased to announce that Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler, Member Partner, has been named to the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section, serving as a Council Member for a one-year term that began August 1.

Nattler focuses her practice on patent prosecution in a variety of industries including automotive, household appliances, graphic user interfaces, medical devices, and more. Prior to completing law school, she gained in-house patent prosecution experience from an international automotive supplier, working first in Germany and then the U.S.  A native of Dorsten, Germany, with dual citizenship in the U.S. and Germany, Nattler is one of very few U.S. attorneys qualified before both the European Patent Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  With knowledge of the unique standards applied by each office, she drafts patent applications that withstand international and domestic challenges.

Nattler is a member of the American Bar Association, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Vereinigung von Fachleuten des Gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes (VPP).

She is recognized as a leader in her field by Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars and was named a “Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

She holds a law degree from Cooley Law School and a University Diploma in Physics from Universität Bayreuth.

Erik Schwartz joins Fortz Legal

Erik Schwartz has joined Fortz Legal Support as Director of Business Development.

Schwartz has over 15 years of experience. Most recently, he was the Director of Trial Services for Computing Source, where he generated $2 million in revenue in less than three years.

He also spent 10 years at Bienstock Court Reporting and Video as Senior Trial Presentation Specialist and Manager of Trial Presentation and Video Services

Fortz Legal Support is a full-service litigation support and court reporting firm serving clients in Michigan and across the country.


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