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
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
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. She serves as co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property
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; manufacturing systems and processes; 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), Uniform Domain Dispute Resolution (UDRP) administrative bodies, and United States courts.
Honors and Recognitions
Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Go To Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law, 2022
Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, Intellectual Property, 2017 – 2023
World Trademark Review, WTR 1000, World’s Leading Trademark Professional, 2015 – 2023
World Trademark Review, WTR 1000, Global Leaders, 2019 – 2023
DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Intellectual Property & Patent Law, 2016
Michigan State University College of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law – International Intellectual Property
International Trademark Association, Non-Traditional Marks Committee, 2024 – Present
International Trademark Association, Designs Committee, 2020 – 2024
Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court
Society of Women Engineers
State Bar of Michigan
Article: “Verified or Not? The Inform Consumers Act and the Future of E-Commerce Marketplaces.” The Grand Rapids Lawyer (May 2023)
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).
Guest Speaker – IP Lawyer Lunch Series, Michigan State University College of Law (Fall 2022)
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