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Intellectual Property Attorney

Staci is a registered patent attorney with an engineering background, who provides a full range of intellectual property services, including trademark, copyright, and patent clearance, procurement, licensing, and enforcement; anti-counterfeiting; IP portfolio and brand management; startup consulting; and IP due diligence.

Serving a diverse client group including Fortune 100 companies, SMEs, start-ups, and solo entrepreneurs, Staci maintains a business-minded, client-centric, holistic, and worldwide approach to intellectual property.  Staci understands that clients invest in intellectual property in order to protect and improve their marketplace position, and she works to strategically compile intellectual property portfolios, unique to the client, that not only boast valuable brick-and-mortar intellectual property rights, but that also allow such intellectual property rights to be commercialized, enforced, and leveraged as revenue-generating and market-safeguarding tools.

Staci advises clients that operate in the mechanical, electro-mechanical, and material engineering arts and has prepared and prosecuted utility patent applications in a variety of technology areas including: OEM and aftermarket automotive systems, components, and control strategies for conventional (ICE) vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV); HVAC systems; energy absorption devices; structural barriers and traffic management systems; coastline restoration products and apparatuses; industrial equipment; tooling for manufacturing systems; automation systems; robotic components; medical devices; building products; consumer goods; and sporting goods and equipment.

Staci also assists clients in a broad range of market sectors, to procure and enforce design patent and trade dress rights for the ornamental characteristics embodied in, or applied to, their respective products including, unique product configurations; unique product ornamentation; ornamental product packaging; computer-generated icons; and static, dynamic, and animated graphical user interfaces (GUIs).   

Moreover, Staci routinely counsels clients in domestic and international trademark, trade dress, and unfair competition matters including the selection and adoption of trademarks, the management and prosecution of trademark portfolios, and the worldwide enforcement of trademark rights. Staci also represents clients in trademark opposition, cancellation, and appeal proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and coordinates such matters with foreign counsel internationally.

Staci has also represented clients in intellectual property litigation, enforcement matters, and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), the International Trade Commission (ITC), and United States courts.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Intellectual Property & Patent Law, 2016

Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star (Intellectual Property), 2017 - 2021

World Trademark Review, WTR 1000, World's Leading Trademark Professional, 2015 - 2021

World Trademark Review, WTR 1000, Global Leaders, 2019 - 2021

Professional Affiliations

International Trademark Association, Designs Committee, 2020 - 2021

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Society of Women Engineers

State Bar of Michigan

News & Publications

Presentations

Guest Speaker – Trademark Counterfeiting and Gray Market Goods, Trademark Counterfeiting Course 533Y, Michigan State University College of Law (Spring 2021).

Panelist, E-Commerce and Counterfeits:  Evolving Consumer Behaviors, A Brand’s New World (2020), Hosted by the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection at Michigan State University.

Panelist, Distribution and Retail, World IP Day – Bridging the Intersection of Intellectual Property and Regulations (2019), Hosted by the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection at Michigan State University.

Publications

  • Comment, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself: A Proposal for Streamlining the Claim Construction Process in Patent Litigation," 38 Rutgers Computer & Tech. L.J. 1 (2011)
  • Comment, "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better & Without Consequences: The Public University Monopoly on Research Technologies and the Educational Market," 2010 Mich. St. L. Rev. 471 (2010).

Education

Michigan State University College of Law
East Lansing, Michigan
J.D., magna cum laude, 2011

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2008 

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
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