IP business & Technology attorneys

ADVANCING YOUR objectiveS 

 

 

PRACTICE

AREAS

  • Litigation

  • Transactions

  • Patents

  • Trademarks

  • Trade Secrets

  • Copyrights

LITIGATION

We will lead you to the right business resolution through cost-effective advocacy. We specialize in disputes involving:

  • breach of contract

  • business torts

  • copyright infringement

  • government contract disputes

  • patent infringement 

  • trade secret misappropriation

  • trademark infringement

TRANSACTIONS

 

We will help you set up your company, license IP, hire talent, and acquire targeted assets. We can prepare and negotiate:

  • asset purchase & stock purchase agreements

  • confidentiality agreements / NDAs

  • consulting agreements

  • employment agreements & non-competes

  • government contracts (SBIR, STTR, OTAs, FAR Part 12, FAR Part 15)

  • IP licenses & assignments

  • joint development agreements

  • memoranda of understanding

  • operating agreements & bylaws

  • supply contracts

  • work-for-hire agreements

PATENTS

We will help you decide which innovations to patent in which countries, and which to maintain as trade secrets. We manage:

  • international portfolio management

  • opinions

  • patent applications, prosecution and appeals

  • prior art searching

  • post grant proceedings (IPRs and PGRs)

We advise in many technologies, including:

  • autonomous vehicles, connected cars and the IoT

  • battery technology & electrification

  • big data and data mining

  • chemicals, coatings and compositions

  • cybersecurity

  • drive-by-wire and fly-by-wire systems 

  • engines & components, including controllers, pistons and transmissions

  • medical devices

  • next generation combat vehicle 

  • open source software

TRADEMARKS

Branding is important, and a global branding strategy can effectively and inexpensively help you differentiate yourself. We can help with:

  • federal and state trademark filings and prosecution

  • international portfolio management

  • opinions

  • oppositions & cancellations

  • renewals

TRADE SECRETS

We know what to keep secret and how to do it. We can help with:

  • best practices for maintaining secrecy

  • cybersecurity

  • due diligence when hiring from a competitor

  • exit interview practices

COPYRIGHTS

Copyrights are not just for musicians and poets. We can help your team's software developers and HR personnel with:

  • preparing and prosecuting copyright filings

  • opinions

 

"Any  sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

- Arthur C. Clark

VISION

To advance our clients' business objectives through

strategic and cost-effective counseling.

ABOUT US

We broke away from the big law firm model, which can be expensive and which lacks flexibility. We understand conventional practices from our experiences in big firms. More importantly, we understand when to depart from the old rules to drive results. This is how we find creative solutions for our clients who are facing sophisticated business and legal issues, especially those involving technology. 

ATTORNEYS

BILL C. PANAGOS
PARTNER
bpanagos@paniplaw.com
248.564.1635

Drawing from his 20+ years of experience as in-house counsel, including as Chief IP Counsel for Lear Corporation, Bill offers sophisticated business judgment that is rare in private practice. His in-house experience includes service for the US Army, BASF, SC Johnson, and Detroit Diesel. As evidence of his breadth and depth, Bill has structured acquisitions of technology companies, set up engineering entities in China for developing next generation batteries, cross-licensed IP, and litigated patent and trade secret issues. He knows how to focus on the clients' specific business objectives, regardless of technology or industry. And he delivers results.

Bill's distinctive style makes him an effective first chair litigator, as he was in, among others, the BorgWarner v. Pierburg and Schmalz v. Better Vacuum Cup patent lawsuits. He develops creative solutions, and his written and oral advocacy resonates with judges and juries. 

Bill is a lead transactional lawyer. He has formed companies and structured acquisitions in the US, Germany, Canada & China. Bill has negotiated on behalf of Michigan Defense Corridor companies with prime- and sub-contractors to the U.S. government using his mastery of regulations, including the FARs and DFARs. 

Bill also continues to author patent applications and opinions across technological disciplines and industries.

recognition 

Leaders in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2020

Top Lawyer in IP Law, DBusiness magazine, 2017-2019

Leading Lawyers in Intellectual Property, 2017-2020

select Speaking engagments

  • Spotting the Next Great Mobility Startup; Future Mobility Detroit, (awaiting COVID-19 driven rescheduling)

  • Developments in the Chinese IP Landscape; The Battery Show, 2019

  • How Government Interests Affect Downstream Use of IP; AIPLA Annual Meeting, 2018

  • Smart Cars need Smart Protection: Managing your IP in the Connected Vehicle; Connected Car Symposium, 2016  

Education

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D.

Bradley University, B.S. 

admissions 

State of Michigan

State of Wisconsin

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

LINDA D. KENNEDY
PARTNER
lkennedy@paniplaw.com
248.564.1343

Linda brings 20+ years of experience to her clients, including the business skills developed as in-house counsel with Dow Chemical Co., Pratt & Whitney, and Collins Aerospace. She developed global IP strategies, managed trade secret litigation, and negotiated commercial contracts and government contracts. She brings a business focus to the legal issues facing automotive and Michigan Defense Corridor companies.   

Linda litigates high tech cases, as she has done in BorgWarner v. Pierburg (ED Mich), Diamond Coating Technologies v. Nissan North America et al. (CD Cal), and Elan Pharm. v. Alcon Labs., (ED Tex). 

Linda advises clients on IP-related agreements, as she has done for the US Department of Defense contractors and subcontractors such as Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace. Linda also authors patent applications and opinions, and manages global IP portfolios.  

recognition  

Michigan Super Lawyers, 2020

Women in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2020

Notable Women in Law, Crain's Detroit Business, 2019

Leading Lawyers in Intellectual Property, 2017-2020

Top Lawyer in Litigation - IP, DBusiness magazine, 2017

Best Lawyers in America, 2017, 2021

community service

Public Outreach & Education Committee, MI State Bar, 2019-2022

Trustee, Michigan Technological University, 2013-2020

Select Publications

  • Protecting IP in Michigan's Defense Corridor, IPLS Proceedings, v. 31, issue 1, 2020 (with Bill Panagos)

  • In-house & Outside Counsel Teams: Managing Commercial Litigation, Laches, Jan. 2020

  • Why You Should Safeguard Your Newly-Formed Business's IP, Corp! Magazine, Apr. 2016 

  • Medical Device Patents: Design or Utility?, 27 No. 11 Intell. Prop. & Tech. L.J. 12 (Nov. 2015)

education

University of Minnesota, B.A., J.D., cum laude

Michigan Technological University, B.S., summa cum laude

admissions 

State of Illinois

State of Michigan

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

DANIEL J. CHECKOWSKY
PARTNER
dcheckowsky@paniplaw.com
248.564.1636

Dan practices all aspects of intellectual property, with a focus on domestic and foreign patent prosecution in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts. Dan counsels start-ups and established companies on infringement and freedom-to-operate studies. Dan is also an experienced litigator who has handled dozens of contested IP and other high tech matters.

Dan's industry experience differentiates him from most lawyers. He worked as an engineer in the Aerospace & Defense industry and the Automotive industry for 14 years. Because of this, Dan offers an unusually sophisticated technical understanding of internal combustion engines and turbine technology, including jet engines and turbochargers. Dan provides in-depth counsel on a broad range of technologies, including autonomous vehicles, turbines, internal combustion engines, transmissions, control systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, optics and medical devices.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of Michigan – Intellectual Property

and Litigation Sections

American Intellectual Property Law Association 

American Bar Association – Intellectual Property

and Litigation Sections

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

recognition  

American Natural Resources for Academic Achievement

EDUCATION

Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996

Michigan Technological University, B.S.

Mechanical Engineering, 1981

admissions  

State of Michigan 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

LAW CLERK

SPEROS PANAGOS
LAW CLERK
spanagos@paniplaw.com

Speros is a third-year law student who has worked closely with clients in his law school's IP Patent Clinic on patent applications and related projects. During law school, Speros has taken an interest in legal research and writing, business associations, business torts and contracts, professional responsibility, intellectual property, and the federal rules of civil procedure.

 

Speros brings technical and legal talent to the team. He also brings an enthusiasm for teamwork and helping solve the complex issues our clients are facing.   

recognition  

Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Council, Fall 2020

Dean's List, Spring 2020

associations  

Intellectual Property Law Society

EDUCATION

UIC John Marshall Law School, J.D., May 2021 (anticipated)

Grand Valley State University, B.S., 2017

 

CONTACT

ADDRESS

3331 West Big Beaver Rd., Suite 102

Troy, Michigan 48084

248.564.1343

 

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