Brooks Kushman's William Abbatt to be Keynote Speaker at Entrepreneurial Initiative of Southeastern Michigan Event

Automation Alley to host event dedicated to aiding local entrepreneurs

Jan 21, 2010, 14:10 ET from Brooks Kushman

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- William ("Bill") Abbatt, shareholder at the Brooks Kushman patent boutique law firm, will deliver the keynote speech titled "Patent Counsel Can be Entrepreneurs Too" at Automation Alley's Entrepreneurial Initiative of Southeastern Michigan event (EISEM). The event, part of a series dedicated to assisting local entrepreneurs, is on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at Automation Alley in Troy, Mich.

Abbatt will discuss the strategies, challenges and pitfalls entrepreneurs need to know when bringing a product or technology to market. Specifically, he will discuss the importance of obtaining the appropriate legal protection (patent and trade secret) for inventions, as well as how to find, evaluate and choose the best counsel – legal and otherwise – for entrepreneurs' unique needs.

"My passion is helping inventors and business owners create jobs, make money and gain recognition by the cost-effective, yet aggressive, use of patent law and licensing strategy," Abbatt said. "I am excited to speak at EISEM, as I enjoy helping our local inventors successfully bring their innovations to market."

With more than 25 years as a patent counselor, he has extensive hands-on practice in defining and protecting inventions. Abbatt has an affinity for working with small and mid-sized, emerging entities, whose value can be enhanced by effective management of IP. Considered a tough and experienced litigator, he strives to generate beneficial results for his clients through effective patent prosecution and licensing strategies.

EISEM is a series of programs that highlight regional entrepreneurs and help them to further develop their message to reach customers and investors. A cornerstone of EISEM is the Entrepreneurial Forum, a bi-monthly program which features business plan presentations by three emerging technology-driven companies. The short presentations are critiqued by attendees, including venture capitalists, angel investors and business professionals, who provide constructive criticism and guidance. For more information, please visit

Founded in 1983 by five intellectual property (IP) attorneys, Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading IP and commercial law firm based in Southfield, Mich. with an office in Los Angeles. Since its inception, the firm has grown to approximately 70 lawyers and patent agents, gaining a reputation both nationally and internationally as a leader in providing cutting-edge, timely and cost-effective IP counseling.

Brooks Kushman counts four U.S. Fortune 100 companies among its clients and is often recognized by peers and leading trade publications. Brooks Kushman is: a Go-To Law Firm® selected by the top 500 companies, according to Corporate Counsel magazine; a "Best at Client Focus" firm, according to large and Fortune 1000 companies surveyed by The BTI Consulting Group; and one of the top IP firms selected by the Fortune 100, according to IP Law & Business. For more information, visit

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