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Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC Contributes $42,000 to Fund Endowed Scholarship to Students Interested in Intellectual Property

September 10, 2007

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Pictured from left to right in the attached photo are Michael Stewart, a founding member of Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC, Wayne State University Law School Associate Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations Angie Zelenak, Wayne State University Law School Dean Frank H. Wu and Michael Fishman, a founding member of Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC and a 1981 graduate of Wayne State University Law School.

DETROIT (Sep10, 2007) – Wayne State University Law School recently received a $42,000 gift from Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC to support an endowed scholarship to be awarded to Law School students interested in intellectual property and patent law.

 “I would like to thank Rader, Fishman & Grauer for their generous contribution on behalf of the Law School,” said Law School Dean Frank H. Wu. “Due to the recent rapid pace of technological change, intellectual property law will only continue to grow in the future. The generous endowed gift from Rader, Fishman & Grauer will greatly assist those students who are seeking a career in that area – both now and for many years to come.” 

The Rader, Fishman & Grauer Endowed Scholarship will annually recognize academic achievement and provide financial assistance toward a law school education in intellectual property law. Not only will the scholarship help to recruit more students, but it will also greatly increase the number of high quality practitioners entering the Metropolitan Detroit legal community.

 “It is our pleasure to support the students at Wayne State University Law School,” said Michael Fishman, a founding member of Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC and a 1981 graduate of Wayne State University Law School. “It is important for our firm, Wayne State University Law School and the community as a whole that we continue to work together to provide greater opportunities for students in up-and-coming areas of the law such as intellectual property.”

Signs of the increasing importance of intellectual property and patent law at the Law School are abundant. More students are choosing to study intellectual property and patent law and more Wayne State Law School graduates are becoming experts in the field. The Wayne State University Law School faculty is internationally known for its expertise in intellectual property law and continues to improve upon and share expertise with students and the legal community by publishing books, journals or articles in a variety of legal outlets.

According to WSU Law School Professor Jonathan Weinberg, intellectual property law regulates the use of inventions, trade symbols, information and ideas. “The subject matter of intellectual property law ranges from music to brand names to pharmaceuticals,” said Professor Weinberg. “As ideas and information have increasingly become the stuff of modern commerce, intellectual property law has taken on increasing importance in modern society.”

Wayne State offers a broad range of courses for students interested in intellectual property, starting with basic courses in the traditional doctrinal areas of patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Advanced classes build on that material to consider such matters as digital copyright, international intellectual property law, and the challenges involved in "prosecuting" a patent from initial application to completion. 

Rader, Fishman & Grauer is a leading intellectual property law firm, consistently ranking in the top 10 percent in the number of new patents and trademarks nationwide (IP Today). The firm is a leader in intellectual property litigation and operates its own state-of-the-art, high-tech courtroom. Its practice is limited exclusively to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and associated litigation, licensing, freedom-to-use opinions and due diligence investigations. Rader, Fishman & Grauer provides intellectual property legal counsel and services in 220 countries from offices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Washington, D.C.; Salt Lake City and Tokyo. For more information, go to www.raderfishman.com.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu

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