News & Updates

Obtaining and Enforcing Patents and Trademarks for Flavor Burst

October 15, 2020

Flavor Burst is a leading manufacturer of flavor and candy delivery equipment for frozen confections. The company designs and manufactures self-serve dispensing systems that increase a restaurant and retail establishments’ menu flavor offerings for soft service ice cream, shakes, slushies, frozen coffee, smoothies, frozen carbonated beverages, and frozen cocktails. Since Flavor Burst released its first product in 1992, it has expanded to more than 40 countries worldwide.

Flavor Burst executives have worked with the Woodard firm for decades to obtain and enforce patents and trademarks for its unique flavor blending and dispensing systems, syrups, mixes, and candies. Recently, Woodard attorneys Mike Morris and Andrew Nevill helped Flavor Burst prepare and file new patent applications on the next generation of flavor blending and dispensing systems that will increase efficiency for restaurants and retail establishments and provide patrons with even more enjoyable products.

For more information on Flavor Burst Company, please visit:

The Firm’s Key Role with Gatorade®

October 8, 2020

The Indianapolis Star published an interesting article about the history of Gatorade® thirst quencher: The Fascinating Tale of Gatorade’s Indy Beginning

Our law firm has played a key role in this famous product over the decades. We prepared and secured the original patent rights for the product. We also secured the original trademark registrations for “GATORADE” mark. We continue to represent the University of Florida, home of the Gators, in connection with the Gatorade® brand.

Lisa A. Hiday Celebrates 25th Firm Anniversary

October 2, 2020

Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, LLP partner, Lisa A. Hiday, celebrates 25 years of service with the firm. Over the years, Ms. Hiday became an integral member of the litigation team, litigating patent, trademark and copyright disputes across a wide range of industries, including industrial manufacturing, medical devices, pharmaceutical technologies, packaging, and computerized systems services.

Please join us in wishing Ms. Hiday a happy anniversary, congratulating her on this milestone and thanking her for 25 years of service to clients and the Firm.

Protecting the Patented Slipstream Bracket® by ThatGrin LLC and Removing Counterfeit Products From the Market

September 1, 2020

Electric vehicles are becoming more mainstream, and none are more beloved than Tesla. However, many states require a front license plate, 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

August 21, 2020

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

August 20, 2020

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

August 20, 2020

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


Securing intellectual property for ROTOSHOVELTM and its quest to reinvent the shovel

August 18, 2020

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

August 14, 2020

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

July 24, 2020

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.


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