Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • 9:15am – 10:15am

Breakout Session

Beyond Intellectual Property

Doug LaLone

Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

This presentation will cover copyright law, changes in patent law, five things to watch for in the NDAs you sign, trade secrets (are you giving them away?), and will give an update on current litigation in the translation and interpreting industry.

In this session, you will learn to:

  • Understand the difference in various forms of intellectual property and how they apply to their business.
  • Be able to review an NDA from a client for items that may cause problems in the future.
  • Ensure that items done by contractors have the copyright properly transferred to the business owner.
  • Be aware of current trends in language industry litigation (other than employee vs. contractor)



Doug LaLone serves as chair of Rader, Fishman & Grauer’s Strategic IP Practice Group, which counsels start-up companies, PE, VC, and IB firms on intellectual property strategies, due diligence, and portfolio management concerns. He works on both the buy and sell side of M&A transactions. Doug has also successfully prosecuted and defended over 100 different intellectual property suits in numerous federal and state courts, and appeals before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. His cases have covered patent, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, domain name, non-compete, and copyright infringement claims. He is experienced in U.S. Customs seizure matters and negotiates licenses and release or destruction of seized counterfeit goods. The technology of these disputes covers machine processes, ecommerce, pumps, injection molding, thermoforming, fuel cells, storage systems, building designs and plans, music, artwork, manuals, and software. Doug has successfully managed domain name and trademark litigation for major companies in the United States and abroad. He has prosecuted trademark applications and handled dozens of opposition proceedings in countries throughout the world. Doug also is involved with domestic and foreign prosecution of patent applications on electromechanical and mechanical inventions, along with novelty, validity, freedom to practice investigations, licensing of technologies, and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Rader, Fishman & Grauer, Doug was a named shareholder in his own intellectual property firm and a principal with another intellectual property law firm in Michigan. He also worked at Navistar International as an engineer in the body design department. Doug served as a judge for the 2012 Crain’s M&A Awards, and he is actively involved in the Association for Corporate Growth. He is a member of the Michigan District Optimist Club and is an active member of Kensington Community Church.