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Liane L. Churney

Shareholder 

Phone: (269) 381-1156 ext 209
Fax: (269) 381-5465
liane.churney@flynnthiel.com

Liane has a range of experience in patents, including preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patents in a wide variety of mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies, patent investigations including patentability, infringement and invalidity opinions, and litigation support. Liane also provides counseling relative to trademark/service mark selection, registration and enforcement, licensing and other intellectual property-related contracts. Liane began her career in intellectual property law in 1993 at a law firm in Pennsylvania before joining the firm in 1997.

 

Education:

  • B.A. in Chemistry, Washington and Jefferson College

  • Juris Doctorate, Dickinson School of Law

 

Licenses/Memberships:

  • State Bar of Michigan

  • Registered Attorney - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Federal District Court, Western District of Michigan

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

 
Eugene J. Rath III

Shareholder

Phone: (269) 381-1156 ext 205
Fax: (269) 381-5465
gene.rath@flynnthiel.com

Gene’s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patents in a variety of mechanical and chemical technologies; patent investigations including patentability, non-infringement, and invalidity opinions; trademark registration and trademark selection counseling; copyright registration and counseling; and related licensing and contract preparation.  Gene also has extensive experience in all phases of intellectual property litigation.  Prior to joining the firm in 2009, Gene practiced intellectual property law in Grand Rapids for 13 years.

 

Education:

  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University

  • Juris Doctorate, Drake University

 

Licenses/Memberships:

  • State Bar of Michigan

  • Registered Attorney – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

  • Federal District Court, Western District of Michigan

  • Federal District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

 
Marcus P. Dolce

Shareholder 

Phone: (269) 381-1156 ext 207
Fax: (269) 381-5465
marcus.dolce@flynnthiel.com

Marcus’ practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patents in a variety of mechanical technologies; patent investigations including patentability, non-infringement, and invalidity opinions; and trademark registration and trademark selection counseling. Prior to joining the firm, Marcus was a patent examiner in mechanical and electro-mechanical arts at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and thereafter practiced intellectual property law in Grand Rapids for 12 years.

 

Education:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

  • Juris Doctorate, Boston University

 

Licenses/Memberships:

  • State Bar of Michigan

  • Registered Attorney – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Federal District Court, Western District of Michigan

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

 
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Terryence F. Chapman

Of Counsel 


Phone: (269) 381-1156
Fax: (269) 381-5465
terry.chapman@flynnthiel.com

Terry worked as a process engineer in both chemical and plastic production facilities and in an industrial waste treatment facility before practicing law. He worked as a patent examiner in the field of electrochemistry at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for approximately five years. At the time he left the Patent and Trademark Office, he was a primary (patent) examiner. Terry also has had electronics and biotechnology training from the Patent and Trademark Office and the National Institutes of Health. Terry’s practice includes securing patents for clients for inventions that relate to electrochemistry, inorganic and organic chemistry, ceramics, biotechnology, chemical processes, electronics and metallurgy. He joined the firm in 1987.

 

Education:

  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University

  • Juris Doctorate, Wayne State University

 

Licenses/Memberships:

  • State Bar of Michigan

  • Registered Attorney - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Federal District Court, Western District of Michigan

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

 

Edu Enin-Okut

Associate

Phone: 269-381-1156 ext 210

Fax: (269) 381-5465

edu.enin-okut@flynnthiel.com

Edu’s practice includes securing patents for clients for inventions that relate to electrochemistry, inorganic and organic chemistry, ceramics, biotechnology, chemical processes, electronics and metallurgy.  Prior to joining our firm in 2019, Edu worked at the United States Patent Office for over twelve years as a Primary Examiner in the fields of battery and fuel cell technology. Edu was also an instructor at the Patent Academy and has received several awards for superior performance.

 

Education:

  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Multidisciplinary Certificate in Composites Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Juris Doctorate, Georgia State University

 

Licenses/Memberships:

  • State Bar of Michigan

  • State Bar of Georgia

  • Registered Attorney – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Federal District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

  • American Bar Association

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association