Recent Supreme Court Venue News for Patent Litigation

On Wednesday September, 20th 2017, attorneys from Brooks Kushman P.C. gave an informational brief to MSU College of Law on several recent intellectual property case holdings. Most notable was the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) finding on a venue case, TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods. Until recently, the Eastern District of Texas has been […]

Canons for Intellectual Property Claim Construction

Do extrinsic sources, such as dictionaries, treatises, and encyclopedias, offer utility in patent claim construction? I Courts generally assume that the words of a statute mean what an “ordinary” or “reasonable” person would understand them to mean. Dictionaries, treatises, and encyclopedias provide a common interpretation for society and are critical in deciding patent lawsuits. In […]

Be sure you Retire TO as oppose to Retire FROM

Many people I interview who have achieved the highly coveted distinction of “RETIRED” say that they retired from this or that  job. My good friend Jacob however told me something that totally changed my frame of reference. He said, “Drae, I retired to boating and woodworking with my wife.” He has the freedom to do […]

Enjoy your Family

In my book I speak about the importance of nurturing family and friend relationships. We spend so much time at work ensuring we earn income to manage our debt and daily operating expenses (and there is absolutely nothing wrong in doing so). In fact, as mature and responsible adults we should take care of our […]

Business Cards- How Important Are They?


Short Answer— VERY. Long Answer— Listen we meet new people daily. Walking in the park, riding trains, buses and planes. Personally,  as I speak and visit schools I meet literally hundreds of people every week. And the amazing thing is those people are not just from my community, they are from all over the world. […]