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Continued Success for Firm Sponsored FIRST Robotics Crossroads Regional at Rose-Hulman

March 13, 2014

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology hosted the FIRST Robotics Crossroads Regional for the second time March 6th-8th. Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett and Henry LLP, a proud sponsor of this event since its inception, congratulates the winning teams and applauds all the students for their ingenuity and hard work. Bill McKenna, a partner at the firm, helped judge the three-day competition.

The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) is a union of sport and mind, introducing high school aged innovators to real-world robotics challenges while promoting the value of education in STEM fields. FRC teams comprised of high school students and a handful of engineer-mentors design and build the robots in six weeks from a common set of parts, with the hopes of winning at various regional competitions.

This year’s Crossroads Regional included robots designed and constructed by teams from 45 high schools from nine states across the Midwest. The team’s robots were designed to play Aerial Assist, a game which requires that the robots cooperate in moving color coded exercise balls across a 25 by 54 foot playing field and into ground level and elevated scoring goals. The teams competed against one another in front of a crowd of more than 2,200 people.

Also attending this year’s event was Eighth District U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Indiana), who visited with teams, observed the competition, and spoke at the FIRST® Robotics supporter’s luncheon.
More details of the event can be found here.

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Woodard Emhardt Attorneys Recognized in Indiana Super Lawyers 2014 Edition

February 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Woodard, Emhardt partners Tom Henry, Spiro Bereveskos, and Dan Lueders have been named Super Lawyers in the 2014 edition of Indiana Super Lawyers. Woodard, Emhardt partner Bill McKenna and associate Jim Blaufuss have been named Rising Stars for 2014. Congratulations! Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers through a rigorous ratings and selection process.


Firm Sponsors the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council’s 2014 Exhibit Breakfast

February 19, 2014

Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP was pleased to sponsor the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council’s 2014 Exhibit Breakfast at the Indiana Statehouse on February 12. The event brought together small and large medical device manufacturers from all over the state, including Cook, Zimmer, and Roche, as well as suppliers for the industry. Legislators, administration officials including Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, and representatives from Congressional offices had the chance to meet and speak with members of one of Indiana’s key industries.

The focus of the Breakfast was to show innovations and demonstrate the importance of the medical device industry to the state. “We are delighted once again to be a part of this event and to support the IMDMC and its members,” said Christopher Brown, a member of Woodard Emhardt’s Management Committee and the Firm’s representative at the Breakfast. “These manufacturers and the companies that provide them with equipment, materials and services are some of the most forward-thinking businesses in our state. Our long-standing exclusive focus on intellectual property is dedicated to helping Hoosiers create new ideas, new products, and new businesses, and these companies are right in the forefront of that effort.”


Dr. Matthew Gardlik Elected Chairman of the Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society

January 30, 2014

Dr. Matthew Gardlik was recently nominated and elected Chairman of the Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society. This three year commitment to the Executive Committee includes roles as Chairman-Elect, Chairman, and Chairman-Emeritus. Matt has been a member and involved with the American Chemical Society for over 10 years. In 2012 Matt was honored with the Catalyst Award by the Cincinnati Local Section of the American Chemical Society for his work with the Cincinnati section.


James Blaufuss Elected To Indiana Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy

January 30, 2014

James Blaufuss was elected by The Indiana State Bar Association to be one of 25 young lawyers to join the 2014 class of its Leadership Development Academy. The Academy is a statewide leadership program established to empower and develop lawyers to be informed, committed and involved so that they may fill significant leadership roles in local and state bar associations, local communities and organizations and to serve as role models in matters of ethics and professionalism.


Liz Shuster Sworn in as President of the Intellectual Property Section of the Indiana State Bar Association

October 11, 2013

Today, Liz Shuster was sworn in as the next President of the Intellectual Property Section of the Indiana State Bar Association.  The section helps to “foster and advance the profession of intellectual property law” among other goals.  Congratulations, Liz.

 Liz Shuster is a partner at Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP and assists clients with obtaining protection for their intellectual property by securing patents, trademarks, and copyrights. She enjoys helping clients implement strategies to protect their intellectual property.


Federal Government Shutdown Affects the District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

October 9, 2013

This week, the shutdown of the federal government has affected civil cases in the Southern District of Indiana. The Court has issued a rare stay of all pending litigation where the United States, its agencies, officers, or employees are parties. The Court believes that the shutdown “has resulted in the excepted employees in the United States Attorney’s Office to be unable to fully represent the interests of the United States in all of civil litigation pending before this Court.”

This Order does not affect habeus corpus proceedings at the Court.

The Court’s order can be found at the link here.


United States Patent and Trademark Office To Remain Open During Government Shutdown

October 2, 2013

The United States Patent and Trademark office will remain open during the government shutdown that began October 1, 2013. The Office will remain open, using prior year reserve fee collections to operate as usual for approximately four weeks. If the federal government shutdown should continue long enough for the reserve fee collections to be exhausted, the Office will shutdown, although IT infrastructure and other functions would continue to work to accept new applications.

Additionally, the 18th annual Independent Inventor Conference at the USPTO that was scheduled for October 11-12 has been cancelled.


Firm Featured in November Issue of Super Lawyers, Business Edition

September 19, 2013

Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP will be featured in the November 2013 issue of Super Lawyers, Business Edition as one of the Top Law Firms of 2013. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.


Elizabeth Shuster Becomes Member of NAWBO-Indianapolis

September 13, 2013

Elizabeth Shuster has been accepted as a member of NAWBO-Indianapolis, the largest NAWBO® chapter in the country. The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

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