At Taft Stettinius & Hollister our 400 attorneys in ten offices practice across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance, Business Restructuring, Environmental, Health and Life Sciences, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Private Client, Real Estate and Tax law. Since 1885, the firm has provided breadth and depth of legal expertise with a trusted business perspective to help our clients reach their goals. To learn more, visit www.taftlaw.com.
Since its founding in Detroit in 1865, Reising Ethington has specialized solely in the practice of intellectual property (IP) law. Areas of expertise include IP prosecution and litigation, managing worldwide patent and trademark portfolios, post-grant proceedings, trade secrets, and licensing and other IP-related agreements. The firm represents some of the world’s most innovative and foremost IP owners, including automotive manufacturers and suppliers, medical technology companies, aerospace companies, universities, industrial equipment makers, robotics companies, and consumer product companies.
Reising enjoys a rich history of partnership with many of its clients, including in the automotive industry where the firm worked to protect the ideas of automotive pioneers Ransom E. Olds, David Buick, and the Fisher Brothers. Dating back several decades, attorneys at Reising have authored seven editions of the U.S. law school case book Patent Law Including Trade Secrets, published by West Academic Publishing.
Avyno Law PC is an AV rated, full-service technology firm that is well known for providing the highest level of service to its clients.
Our attorneys allow us to offer a broad-based technology practice with strategic representation of our clients in domestic and international arenas. In addition to planning, prosecution, enforcement, litigation and maintenance of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade dress, our services include new media law, technology transactional, corporate and securities services.
We have significant representational experience throughout various key jurisdictions, including Federal Circuit Courts, the U.S. Supreme Court and the International Trade Commission.
Our clients range from individual inventors and startups to Fortune 500 clients. We are committed to providing a flexible, cost-effective infrastructure with highly competitive rates and customized billing arrangements. Our goal is to operate as an extension of our clients’ business operations and to provide personalized knowledge, counsel and advice.
DONALD R. MCPHAIL is a member of Taft’s Intellectual Property group. Don has more than 20 years of experience in patent and trademark matters before the U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has handled cases involving a wide range of technologies, including avionics, LCD optics, video signaling, semiconductor design and operation, thin film transistor manufacturing and design, voice-over-internet telephony and firewalls, routers and switches, network topology and message routing, LED design and operation, PECVD manufacturing processes, regulated medical devices, computer software and electronic point of sale devices. Don also has experience with contested matters before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the European Patent Office.
Prior to practicing law in the private sector, Don was an examiner with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, where he concentrated on applications in the drug and pharmaceutical arts.
Rick Hoffmann is a shareholder in the firm of Reising Ethington, PC in Troy, MI and has more than 30 years of experience in the intellectual property field. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. He focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, having been lead counsel in well over 75 intellectual property cases in courts throughout the United States. He has argued cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal and 6th Circuits, and was co-counsel with now Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts, in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been named to Super Lawyers for 12 consecutive years. He is also co-author of the case book, Cases and Materials on Patent Law Including Trade Secrets, 7th edition.
On May 30, 2017, Ed succeeded in persuading the United States Supreme Court to reverse two long standing decisions of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Those cases were Jazz Photo Corp. v. International Trade Commission, 264 F.3d 1094 (Fed. Cir. 2001) and Mallinckrodt, Inc. v. Medipart, Inc., 976 F.2d 700 (Fed. Cir.1992). Ed’s case was Lexmark International, Inc. v. Impression Products, Inc., 581 U.S. ___ (2017), 137 S.Ct. 1523 (2017).
Ed presently serves as chair of Avyno Law’s litigation department. His expansive career includes serving as a Public Defender in Palm Beach County, Florida; preparing patent applications for Air Force J.A.G., and serving as “Senior Intellectual Property and Litigation Attorney” with Intel Corp.
He received his law degree from Indiana University Law School, Bloomington, and his Bachelor of Science degree in physics with a calculus minor from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.