MichBio, Global Food Institute Offer Symposium: MichBio, the state’s biotech industry association, and the Global Food Protection Institute, have teamed up to present “Innovations in Life Sciences & Technology in Improving Food Protection” June 19 at the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. This  symposium will explore novel technologies in-development and commercially available for their benefits and application for a safer global food supply. MichBio members can attend for the reduced rate of $75. For questions about registration or the event, contact Joan Bowman at joan.bowman@gfpi.org. Founded in 2009, the Global Food Protection Institute is dedicated to protecting the world’s food supply through FDA-aligned training, advancing new food protection technologies and convening forums for the transformative exchange of ideas about food protection. The Institute provides an overarching intellectual and organizational umbrella that empowers its three distinct food protection initiatives. For more about the Global Food Protection Institute, visit www.gfpi.org/home.

Brooks Kushman to Host Women in IP Law Networking Event at The Rattlesnake Club in Detroit: To support and foster the growth of women in the intellectual property field, Brooks Kushman P.C., the largest IP firm in Michigan, is hosting the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s “2013 Cross-Country Women in IP Networking Event” for the Detroit region. This is the second year that Brooks Kushman will host the event, which will take place Thursday, May 23 at The Rattlesnake Club restaurant located in the same complex as the Elijah J. McCoy U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Satellite Office in Detroit. The Detroit reception is part of a simultaneous 31-city event that brings together women in the IP law arena. The evening will begin with tours of the USPTO Satellite Office, for those interested, and conclude with the traditional nationwide teleconference. Brooks Kushman’s Women’s Initiative provides a supportive and strategic framework for the firm’s 18 women IP professionals to enhance career growth. The AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee works to facilitate the practice of IP law by women through educational events, networking and mentoring, including a nationwide networking dinner for women in IP law to help connect women in key geographic areas and empower and foster successful professional relationships. All women in the IP legal field are welcome to attend the Detroit event. For more information or to register, please contact Hope Shovein at hshovein@brookskushman.com.