It is with sadness in our hearts that we inform everyone of the unexpected passing of our partner, Michael Taken. Mike had been a partner and pillar of Andrus for thirty-three years, protecting the intellectual property of some of the area’s most innovative companies. Mike was especially proud of his decades of work for Mercury Marine. Mike was routinely recognized in professional publications as one of the leaders in the field of intellectual property.
Mike was set to retire at the end of this year. His remaining partners and associates had the privilege of learning the practice of patent law and client counseling from his instruction and from his example. Mike’s technical expertise and attention to detail enabled him to consistently provide exceptional advice to his clients throughout his long and successful career. The advocacy for his clients came from a genuine care for their businesses and his strong desire to contribute to their success. One client remembered Mike as “a consummate professional . . . smart, earnest, thorough, and accurate.” Professionally, we can think of no better way to be remembered, and we will miss him.
Andrus was selected as a ranked law firm in Chambers USA 2017, identifying our firm as one of the best firms in Wisconsin in the field of intellectual property law. In addition to the firm-wide ranking, Attorney Aaron Olejniczak was included in their Spotlight Table, being hailed as an "outstanding" IP litigator.
Attorneys Joseph D. Kuborn, Aaron T. Olejniczak and George H. Solveson were selected for inclusion in Managing Intellectual Property's 2017 edition of the IP Stars list.
On September 1, 2016, Attorney Tolga S. Gulmen, Ph.D. joined Andrus Intellectual Property Law's Madison Office as an associate. Tolga focuses his practice in the domestic and international patent prosecution, licensing, and strategic intellectual property portfolio development. His experience includes drafting, prosecuting, managing, and licensing patent portfolios with an emphasis on chemistry, materials, nanotechnology, catalysis, and biotechnology.
Andrus Intellectual Property Law is pleased to announce that Ryann H. Beck and Emily M. Chilson have become non-equity partners in the firm. Ryann and Emily joined Andrus as summer associates in 2009, and focus their practices on domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement. Ryann has experience prosecuting patents relating to a variety of technologies, particularly with regard to medical devices, medical patient monitoring and treatment technologies, computer software, electrical and electronic circuits and systems, and mechanical devices. Emily's technological experience is also varied, with a focus on wearable apparel and consumer packaged goods, engines and related control systems, transportation-related equipment and sub-systems, machinery used in the paper industry, pumps and circuits, metal cutting machines, and other mechanical devices.
Andrus Attorney William W. Adolfsen was recently featured in an article entitled Wisconsin Biotech: A New Frontier for Lawyers in the November 2015 edition of Wisconsin Lawyer magazine. The article discussed opportunities for lawyers to enter the field of biotechnology.
On July 27, 2015, Attorney Thomas R. Knight joined Andrus Intellectual Property Law's Milwaukee Office as an associate.Thomas focuses his practice on domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement. He counsels clients regarding patentability and infringement issues and provides written patentability and clearance opinions.
Andrus contributed to the 2015 PEARLS Graduating Senior Scholarship. These two-year renewable awards, substantial enough to positively impact a PEARLS Girl’s ability to persist from her first to second year of school, are available to a graduating senior and active PEARLS Girl entering her first year of college. As a long term goal, Graduating Senior Scholarship award recipients are also paired with a PEARLS mentor during the two-year term of her scholarship award to create more holistic support, both financially and relationally.
Attorneys Joseph D. Kuborn and Aaron T. Olejniczak were selected for inclusion in Managing Intellectual Property's 2015 edition of the IP Stars list. IP Stars highlights attorneys with a strong understanding of products and industry areas, as well as the requisite legal experience.
Andrus was selected as a ranked law firm in Chambers USA 2015, identifying our firm as one of the best firms in Wisconsin in the field of intellectual property law. In addition to the firm-wide ranking, Attorney Aaron Olejniczak was ranked as a notable professional for his "strength in patent infringement litigation proceedings."
Andrus was included on the 2014 US Design Patent Toteboard assembled by the Ant-Like Persistence blog written by Carl Oppedahl of Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC. The list ranks firms according to the number of US design patents they obtained for their clients in 2014. Each firm was invited in early January 2015 to submit a simple online questionnaire.
On February 2, 2015, Attorney Bill Adolfsen joined Andrus Intellectual Property Law's Madison Office as an associate.
On December 4, 2014, Andrus Attorney Gary Essmann was the recipient of a Civic Achievement Award issued by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.
Andrus is proud to announce the opening of its Massachusetts Office, located in the Merrimac Mill Building at 44 Merrimac Street, Suite 207, Newburyport, MA 01950. Andrus also has offices in Milwaukee (Main Office) and Madison, Wisconsin.
On October 8, 2014, George H. Solveson was honored to be elected as a Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation, an honorary program recognizing members of the legal profession in Wisconsin known by their peers for high achievements in their profession and outstanding contributions for the advancement and improvement of the administration of justice in the State of Wisconsin. Membership in the Fellows is considered a professional honor and evidence of professional distinction. Fellows membership is limited to 2.5% othe State Bar's total members. Fellows must be lawyers, judges, or teachers of law who are members of the State Bar of Wisconsin in good standing, and are recognized in the legal profession for outstanding attainment in professional, public, or private careers for devotion to the welfare of their community, state, and nation and the advancement of the legal profession.
Benjamin Imhoff was honored to be named an Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal in 2014. The annual award recognizes attorneys who have shown themselves to be on the rise. With eight years or less of experience, honorees have handled challenging legal issues, given themselves to their communities, and proven themselves to be leaders in their fields.
On July 21, 2014, Kevin Spexarth joined Andrus Intellectual Property Law’s Milwaukee office as an associate after graduating from Marquette University Law School. Prior to joining Andrus, Kevin partnered with in-house patent practitioners at the Right-Hite Holding Corporation and the Brady Corporation.
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In the 2014 Acquisition International Magazine Intellectual Property Awards, Andrus Intellectual Property Law was named the Wisconsin IP Law Firm of the Year. Voted for by a worldwide network of professionals, advisers, clients, peers and business insiders, the Acquisition International Magazine Intellectual Property Awards celebrate the individuals and firms involved in driving the intellectual property field and thus playing a vital role in advancing innovation.
Christopher Liro became a member of the Board of the Sate Bar of Wisconsin's Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section on July 1, 2014. The Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section is made up of attorneys specializing in intellectual property law. Members work to keep both intellectual property practitioners and attorneys in other areas up-to-date on the latest developments in the field. The Section provides opportunities for attorneys to network with other legal professionals, participate in continuing legal education seminars and engage in other professional development opportunities.
On June 24, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision upholding an Eastern District of Wisconsin decision granting more than $500,000 in damages to Andrus' client C&N Corporation (doing business as Door Peninsula Winery) in a trademark infringement case. C&N Corporation d/b/a DOOR PENINSULA WINERY v. Gregory Kane, et. al., 953 F. Supp. 2d 903 (E.D. Wis. 2013), aff'd, No. 13-3786 (7th Cir. June 24, 2014).
Andrus attorneys Aaron Olejniczak, Christopher Liro, and Christopher Scherer represented DPW in this trademark litigation case.