Brooks Kushman Further Expands Patent Prosecution Practice with Two New Attorneys: Southfield-based intellectual property and technology law firm Brooks Kushman P.C. announced Wednesday that Robert D. Burns and Scott E. Lloyd have joined the firm as associates. Burns and Lloyd join the firm’s patent prosecution team to add depth to its technical expertise. Burns brings more than 20 years of engineering experience, including extensive work with automotive and industrial applications, to the firm. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Burns worked for General Motors Co. where he focused on electric and hybrid vehicle technology, including electric vehicle and hybrid transmission controls. He has experience in electronic braking systems, as well as electric motor and drive controls for industrial applications. As a design engineer, his efforts resulted in several patents for innovations in brake-by-wire systems and hybrid vehicle technology. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, an MBA from the University of Akron n Ohio, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit. With more than 10 years of IP experience, Lloyd previously served as in-house counsel at a product innovation and development company based in Chicago. As the head legal counsel, he was responsible for creating and enforcing a comprehensive IP protection program, handling all aspects of contractual transitions and advising the executive team in all business matters. Prior to entering the legal profession, Lloyd was an associate engineer and co-operative engineering student at GM in Warren. Lloyd earned his Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University (formerly GMI Engineering and Management Institute) in Flint, Mich. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. More at

JEMS Technology CEO to Chair MTAM mHealth Advisory Committee: What are the challenges that exist with the continuing expansion of mHealth initiatives? According to theJournal of Medical Internet Research, the most pressing challenges are privacy, data security, funding, a good examples of the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of mHealth in practice and the need for more high-quality research. Other high-profile issues in mHealth include HIPAA compliance, legal, device management, network and IT infratructure issues, reimbursement and user capabilities. As part of MTAM’s effort to address the challenges around mHealth efforts and ensure that Michigan is leading the way in national and international initiatives driving growth in this sector, the trade association is launching a statewide mHealth Advisory Committee. The committee will be tasked with assisting the trade association with the development of resources, events, and educational, networking and business development opportunities for those working in Michigan’s healthcare industry and with healthcare-focused mobile/wireless technologies. MHealth has been selected to be the first of MTAM’s series of vertical-focused advisory committees to launch due to the size and quality of the existing healthcare and medical research communities throughout Michigan, the national and international opportunities available for Michigan firms who elect to engage in this sector, and the requests the association has received from Michigan’s healthcare community and mobile/wireless firms who are already working in this space. Chairing the MTAM mHealth Advisory Committee will be Kevin Lasser, CEO of Michigan-based JEMS Technology – the mobile healthcare solution that enables a medical consult anytime, anywhere and is becoming the preferred choice for healthcare institutions worldwide. A self-admitted “serial entrepreneur”, Lasser has more than 28 years of experience in business building, finance and technology solutions, and was previously CEO of Encryption Security Solutions (ESS) and Pure Entropy Technologies (PET) where he led both companies in becoming best-in-class providers of encryption/cyber-security solutions to public and private organizations. More information about the mHealth Advisory Committee may be found at Those interested in participating in the committee should email