Free Intellectual Property Primer Offered by Brooks Kushman P.C.

Guidebook provides ‘crash course’ in intellectual property protection

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Jan. 14, 2009 – In an effort to inform non-intellectual property (IP) lawyers, businesspeople and potential clients on the ins and outs of IP, Brooks Kushman P.C. – a leading IP and technology law firm based in Southfield, Mich. with an office in Los Angeles – has published a free business resource. The Brooks Kushman IP Primer acts as an introduction to IP and emphasizes the importance of protecting it in today’s business environment.

To request a free copy of Brooks Kushman’s IP Primer, contact Mara D’Agostini at 248-226-2765.

“One of the most important things companies can do to ensure their survival is to protect their intellectual property – the patents, trademarks and copyrights that give them the competitive advantage in their field,” said Mark Cantor, president of Brooks Kushman. “According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, IP makes up more than half of all U.S. exports and drives 40 percent of the country’s growth. On the other hand, the theft of IP costs the U.S. economy $250 billion per year and has resulted in the loss of 750,000 jobs.”

The IP Primer is divided into five chapters – patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and forms – and details a variety of topics within each of those subjects. The specific laws of the United States and foreign countries are examined, as well as registration, protection and enforcement processes. In addition, various IP-related outlines and forms are included for reference.

“Our IP Primer provides businesspeople with basic information on intellectual property protection,” added John Halan, a shareholder and litigator with Brooks Kushman. “Hopefully, it will encourage those, who haven’t already, to take the necessary steps to protect their IP.”

In the 25 years Brooks Kushman has been protecting and managing IP, the firm has filed more than 24,000 patent applications and handled over 37,000 trademark applications and registrations, in addition to litigating more than 3,500 IP and technology-related cases.

While the Primer has been written and published by a team of expert IP attorneys, it is not a substitute for professional legal advice and its distribution does not create an attorney-client relationship between Brooks Kushman and the reader. The reader is encouraged to seek competent legal advice regarding any IP matter.

Founded in 1983 by five intellectual property (IP) attorneys, Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading IP and commercial law firm based in Southfield, Mich. with an office in Los Angeles. Since its inception, the firm has grown to 70 lawyers and patent agents, gaining a reputation both nationally and internationally as a leader in providing cutting-edge, timely and cost-effective IP counseling.

Brooks Kushman counts four U.S. Fortune 100 companies among its clients and is often recognized by peers and leading trade publications. Brooks Kushman is a Go-To Law Firm® selected by the top 500 companies, according to Corporate Counsel magazine; a “Best at Client Focus” firm, according to large and Fortune 1000 companies surveyed by The BTI Consulting Group; and one of the top IP firms selected by the Fortune 250, according to IP Law & Business. For more information, visit