Brooks Kushman, a Southfield-based intellectual property law firm, today announced a partnership with Detroit’s Wayne State University Law School to expand the impact of WSU’s Patent Procurement Clinic.
The partnership will provide Wayne Law with support to operate the clinic year-round and include assistance from the firm’s patent professionals, who will supplement the teaching and supervision provided by the clinic faculty. They will also help provide clinic clients with continuity of representation during periods when the law school is not in session.
Wayne Law’s Patent Procurement Clinic is part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Clinic Certification Program and is one of about 36 participating law school patent clinics in the U.S. It provides patent legal services to low-income inventors in metro Detroit, offering services including patentability searches, drafting patent applications, and prosecuting patent applications.
“We are very excited to further our partnership with Wayne State University Law School by cementing our involvement with the clinic,” says Mark Cantor, president at Brooks Kushman. “Our attorneys are dedicated to the education of the next generations of great patent practitioners, and to expanding their positive impact on our community. Partnering with Wayne State affords them the opportunity to do both.”
David Berry, of counsel at Brooks Kushman, serves as director at the clinic and part-time faculty at Wayne Law. Michael MacCallum, shareholder of Brooks Kushman, serves as the clinic’s supervisor. Berry and MacCallum are registered patent attorneys and supervise all of the clinic’s patent services provided by upper-level Wayne Law students with backgrounds in engineering or science.