News & Updates – Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner | Patent, Trademark & Copyright Attorneys, Indianapolis, Indiana Tue, 01 Sep 2020 12:39:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Protecting the Patented Slipstream Bracket® by ThatGrin LLC and Removing Counterfeit Products From the Market Tue, 01 Sep 2020 12:39:37 +0000

Electric vehicles are becoming more mainstream, and none are more beloved than Tesla. However, many states require a front license place, and Tesla owners are left with the difficult decision to drill into the bumper of their new Tesla or install some other adhesive or flimsy aftermarket license plate mount.

Faced with this problem themselves, Chad and Cristi Nowakowski chose to make their own, giving birth to the Slipstream Bracket. The Slipstream Bracket is a NO-drill, NO-holes, NO-adhesives front license plate mounting solution for the Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model X, and the all-new Tesla Model Y. The Patented design of the Slipstream Bracket is aerodynamically invisible to the cold air intake and does not interfere with any of Tesla’s autopilot sensors. The secure, quick-release system (using the provided L-key) is ideal for car washes, Tesla events, detailing, and for anyone who wants the ability to “pop-on” or “pop-off” their front license plate without the risk of damaging their vehicle.

Many months went into testing, developing, and producing the Slipstream Bracket. Precise dimensions, OEM placement, and specific high-quality construction materials ensure 100% compatibility with the onboard safety systems. Additionally, the unique product design protects the body parts and finish of Tesla models. Many of the painstakingly designed components used in making the Slipstream Bracket ensure maximum protection of the body parts and the painted finish of Tesla vehicles. Furthermore, the proprietary to ThatGrin LLC makes it very difficult to duplicate the product safely.

Given the precise dimensions and sensitivity of the Tesla Autopilot and safety systems, ThatGrin LLC owners were very concerned when counterfeit brackets began showing up online. These counterfeit brackets did not meet the tight tolerances required and thus risked interfering with the vehicle’s function. To protect their product and the consuming public, ThatGrin LLC began working with Firm attorney, William A. McKenna, to protect the patented design and remove counterfeit products from the market. So far, the results have been successful, and the Slipstream Bracket remains an overwhelming success with a five-star rating on Amazon with several thousand sold.

For more information about ThatGrin LLC and to order the Slipstream Bracket, visit:

Charles J. Meyer Celebrates 25th Firm Anniversary Fri, 21 Aug 2020 14:58:32 +0000 Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, LLP attorney Charles J. Meyer celebrates his silver anniversary with the firm. As a prosecutor and litigator, Mr. Meyer represents and counsels clients in various aspects of patent, trademark and copyright law. He also serves as Chairman of the Firm’s Trademark Practice Group.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Meyer on this milestone and thanking him for 25 years of service to clients, the Indianapolis community and the Firm.

Seven Firm Partners Included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 Thu, 20 Aug 2020 14:29:58 +0000 Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner LLP is pleased to announce that seven partners have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2021.

The Firm would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© list:

  • Spiro Bereveskos – Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, and Patent Law
  • Kenneth A. Gandy – Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, and Trademark Law
  • Thomas Q. Henry – Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, and Trademark Law
  • Daniel J. Lueders – Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, and Patent Law
  • William A. McKenna – Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, and Patent Law
  • Charles J. Meyer – Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Charles P. Schmal – Patent Law


Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Jeremy J. Gustrowsky and Michael M. Morris included in the Inaugural Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Thu, 20 Aug 2020 14:20:46 +0000 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch inaugural list recognizes attorneys who have been in practice for 5-9 years for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

The Firm congratulates Jeremy and Mike for their recognition in the following 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch practice areas:

  • Jeremy J. Gustrowsky – Patent Law
  • Michael M. Morris – Intellectual Property Law


More remote employees? Time to review trade secret policies Wed, 19 Aug 2020 13:52:25 +0000 In the ongoing work conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, business owners may consider that their principal concern is how to make it easier and more efficient for employees to do their jobs remotely. But as businesses streamline connections and move information from office hardware to home computers, they should not forget to safeguard the trade secret information that may be moving around.

Indiana’s trade secret statute (I.C. 24-2-3) came out of the Uniform Trade Secret Act and so is quite similar to the provisions of many other states. It defines a “trade secret” as information that has economic value from not being generally known to or readily ascertainable by others and that is subject to reasonable efforts to maintain its secrecy (I.C. 24-2-3-2). Such information includes formulas, patterns, compilations, programs, devices or processes. Anything from a data processing algorithm to the “secret ingredient” in the local restaurant’s chili can qualify as a trade secret, so long as it has value from its secrecy and its owner takes steps to keep it secret.

To read the full article, visit The Indiana Lawyer

Securing intellectual property for ROTOSHOVELTM and its quest to reinvent the shovel Tue, 18 Aug 2020 17:29:04 +0000 A lot has happened since we shared Rick Goren’s story in 2019. Rick and his product were recently featured on WTHR Channel 13. ROTOSHOVELTM is now available on Amazon  and may soon be on the shelves at Costco stores nationwide. Congratulations, Rick and team.

Inventor and entrepreneur, Rick Goren, went outside to install a subwoofer in the ground and looked in his garage for the perfect tool. He found all types of shovels and posthole diggers, but nothing that would save him time and make the work less strenuous. Hanging on his garage wall was a drill with a mortal bit which inspired his idea for the ROTOSHOVELTM brand automatic handheld shovel blade which uses a rotating auger bit that makes digging easier and faster saving time, energy, and costs on gardening and landscape projects.

Rick worked with Woodard attorney, Chuck Schmal to obtain U.S. Patent No. 10,309,160 for his unique shovel design as well as to obtain allowance of a trademark application for the ROTOSHOVELTM brand. The firm congratulates Rick on his patent and, on behalf of all gardeners, thanks Rick for reinventing the shovel.

ROTOSHOVELTM brand automatic handheld shovel TV ads will begin September 23, 2019 on AMC networks and NewsWatch. ROTOSHOVELTM brand automatic handheld shovels will also be available at the Green Industry & Equipment Expo in Louisville, KY October 16-18, 2019.

For more information on the ROTOSHOVELTM brand automatic handheld shovels please visit: ROTOSHOVELTM and view the ROTOSHOVELTMVideo.


Timothy N. Thomas Celebrates 30th Firm Anniversary Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:49:34 +0000 Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, LLP attorney Timothy N. Thomas celebrates his 30th anniversary with the firm. Over the years, Mr. Thomas has helped numerous individual entrepreneurs and businesses protect their innovations.

Please join us in wishing Mr. Thomas a happy anniversary and congratulating him on 30 years of service to clients and the Firm.

Tom Henry Celebrates 45 Years with Firm Fri, 24 Jul 2020 14:56:14 +0000 Happy 45th Anniversary, Tom Henry! Tom has contributed to the firm’s success over the years and in particular during his many years as the firm’s Managing Partner. He has been a guiding force in the areas of the firm’s culture and clent services. Please join us in thanking Tom for his contributions to the firm and congratulating him on this special day.


Happy 50th Anniversary, John McNett! Mon, 20 Jul 2020 13:58:03 +0000 Congratulations to John McNett on his 50th Anniversary with the firm.  Over the years, John has been instrumental in guiding the firm’s direction, culture and client services.  Please join us in thanking John and congratulating him on this huge milestone.

Webinar: Copyright basics and considerations for entrepreneurs and small businesses Tue, 09 Jun 2020 15:51:30 +0000 Entrepreneurs and small businesses owners – Register to attend a free webinar about the basics of copyright and receive insights into copyright registration and enforcement.

The 90-minute program is on Tuesday, June 16, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET.

Specifically designed for the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses, the webinar will feature presentations by copyright experts from the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs. For more information and to register, visit: USPTO