HR Notices From Oct. 16
Relume Technologies Hires Two: Relume Technologies, a leading manufacturer of light-emitting diode products and smart grid control systems for outdoor lighting applications, has announced the appointment of Jason Bolte and Guy Rojo to its team. Bolte, a 14 year lighting veteran, and Rojo, a 28 year lighting veteran, have been named regional sales directors, reporting to Patrick Gee, senior vice president of sales and service. In this new position, responsibilities will include calling on select accounts and developing new business opportunities in the United States with a direct focus on the east coast, across Relume’s sales channels. Prior to joining Relume, Bolte served as a director of sales management at Dialight in New Jersey. He also spent 11 years in sales roles and product development with Gexpro. Bolte is a graduate of Nova South Eastern University, with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Prior to joining Relume, Roja served as a sales manager at SCI in southern California. He also spent 15 years in sales roles with WattStopper. Bolte will be based in Georgia, Roja in southern California. Relume is an Oxford-based manufacturer of highly efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost effective LED lighting products and control systems. The company’s innovative technology is used in municipal lighting, commercial signage, outdoor advertising, transportation, and U.S. military applications. Relume is a founding member of the Michigan Solid State Lighting Association, and supports the organization’s mission of ensuring that Michigan is a global leader in solid-state lighting, research and development, and manufacturing. For more information, visit http://www.relume.com or connect with the company on Facebook or LinkedIn.
Brooks Kushman Announces Four New Attorneys; Further Expands Medical Device and Trademark Practice Groups: The intellectual property and technology law firm Brooks Kushman P.C. announced the hiring of Kristin L. Murphy, Linda D. Mettes, Rachel A. Smith and Dorne J. McKinnon-Rybicki, adding more than 60 years of combined legal experience at the firm’s Southfield office. Currently, the firm has 16 professionals that specialize in preparing and prosecuting patents for companies that manufacture medical devices, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, polymers, laboratory instruments, imaging devices and surgical tools, among many others. Murphy’s practice at Brooks Kushman will focus on domestic and foreign patent prosecution. She will join Brooks Kushman’s medical device team to further expand the practice area. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Murphy was a managing partner at Rader, Fishman & Grauer in Bloomfield Hills. In addition to prosecution experience, she also has extensive experience in the trademark, unfair competition and patent litigation arenas. Over the last 16 years, Kristin has worked closely with medical device manufacturers to protect their innovations and develop strategic global portfolios for small startup medical device companies, as well as large Fortune 500 entities. She earned a Juris Doctor and Masters of Intellectual Property degree from the University of New Hampshire (formally the Franklin Pierce Law Center) in Concord, N.H. and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. Specializing in IP litigation, Mettes brings nearly 20 years of litigation experience in a variety of technologies in the mechanical, electrical and life science industries. In the medical device and life science arena, Mettes has experience with neurosurgical devices, stents, ophthalmic surgical equipment, implants, medical imaging contrast agents, robotic catheters, vaccines, stimulants, analgesics, hormone replacement and birth control pills. Before joining Brooks Kushman, Mettes was also a partner at Rader, Fishman & Grauer for several years and at Kenyon & Kenyon in New York for nearly a decade, where she practiced all facets of IP litigation. She earned a Juris Doctor and graduated cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law in Evanston, Ill. and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign, prior to working as a mechanical engineer. Specializing in preparing and prosecuting patent applications, Smith will add depth to Brooks Kushman’s nationally recognized patent practice. Smith also previously practiced Rader, Fishman & Grauer prior to joining Brooks Kushman. Her experience goes beyond the patent prosecution arena and includes patent litigation, patent licensing and negotiations thereof, as well as freedom to operate and opinion work. Smith’s practice is primarily focused in the automotive, electronics and medical device industries. Smith earned her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University in Ada. With more than 20 years of combined in-house and outside counsel experience, McKinnon-Rybicki will focus her trademark practice on foreign and domestic clearance, prosecution, opposition and cancellation proceedings, and enforcement. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, she served as a trademark attorney for Harley-Davidson, where she oversaw all aspects of trademark registration and brand protection in the Latin America region and acted as primary legal counsel to the licensing department. McKinnon-Rybicki earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Michigan State University in East Lansing.