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We're excited to introduce two new attorneys to our growing team - Anita Marinelli has joined our Intellectual Property Group in Detroit, while Nick Colvin has joined our Public Finance Group and will work out of Detroit and Lansing.

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We're excited to share that our team is growing! Ed Rice and Marina Saito have joined our intellectual property team in Chicago, while Chris Gartman, Brittni King and Tom Soehl have been added to our Grand Rapids office.

Here's a quick introduction to our newest colleagues.

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Image related to Joe Infante Named One of Grand Rapids' Business Leaders

Joe Infante has been named on Grand Rapids Business Journal’s annual “40 Under 40” list for the second time. Infante, a principal attorney in Miller Canfield’s Grand Rapids office, was selected as a business leader in Grand Rapids for his excellence in the practice of law, his outstanding reputation as one of the top craft beverage lawyers nationwide, and for the significant volunteer work he does for Hospice of Michigan, for which he serves on the Foundation Board. He is also the co-chair and founder of the Hospice of Michigan’s Barley, BBQ & Beats annual fundraiser.

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Image related to Miller Canfield Expands Intellectual Property Practice, Adds Veteran Attorney Gregory DeGrazia

Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that Gregory D. DeGrazia has joined the firm as a principal attorney in the Intellectual Property Group. The announcement was made by CEO Michael McGee.

DeGrazia has nearly 20 years of experience in intellectual property law. He has focused his practice on the protection of trade secrets and intellectual property nationwide and in Asia and Europe.

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Image related to Trump Trademark Registration in China Signals Positive Change In China IP Law

A short while ago, China finally granted the Trump Organization  a trademark registration after a 10-year struggle. The timing of the announcement has fueled concern because just days before, President Trump had a phone call with Mr. Xi Jinping, China’s president.  During the call the President reportedly told Mr. Xi that he would honor the U.S.’s “One China” policy, and also wished Mr. Xi a happy Chinese New Year.

Despite speculation that the approval was a favor by the Chinese government, offered in light of President Trump’s friendliness - after some unflattering comments about China during the Presidential campaign – the timing of the trademark approval was almost certainly a coincidence. The truth is that this particular trademark was provisionally approved on Nov. 14, 2016, and the registration granted after, like any trademark approved for registration in China, it had been published for a three-month opposition period.

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