TROY, MI, January 31, 2018 – Troy, Michigan-based intellectual property law firm Young Basile Hanlon & MacFarlane, P.C. announced today that the firm elected four new shareholders, Andrew S. Balazer, Adam D. Kline, Nicholas A. Kurk and Lin Xiao, Ph.D.

“We are proud to promote these lawyers to shareholder positions,” said Andrew R. Basile, Jr., the firm’s president. “Andy, Lin, Adam and Nick are key members of our team and will continue to provide excellent guidance and service to our firm’s clients.”

Andrew S. Balazer

Mr. Balazer concentrates his intellectual property practice on counseling clients in patent matters, including global patent portfolio strategy, obtaining utility and design patent protection, infringement risk avoidance and opinions. He regularly counsels clients, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, in a range of industries and technical disciplines, including medical devices, automotive systems, lithium-ion batteries and green tech and consumer products.  Mr. Balazer also has experience as an engineer in the automotive industry having worked in chassis quality and development at Ford Motor Company and in automotive safety for Delphi Corporation. He received his J.D. magna cum laude from DePaul University College of Law in 2009 and his B.S. from University of Michigan cum laude in 2003.

Lin Xiao

Lin Xiao leads Young Basile’s Global China Practice. She is co-located in Young Basile’s Troy, Michigan office and Palo Alto, California office. Dr. Xiao concentrates her practice on strategic intellectual property procurement and portfolio management, clearance and infringement opinions and litigation. She has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in many areas such as digital image systems, smart phones, mobile Internet, integrated circuit, vehicle control systems, sensors, wearables and Internet of Things. Dr. Xiao works with start-ups and high-growth companies, helping them in formation, raising capital, licensing, establish partnerships and distribution channels, branding and entering foreign markets. Dr. Xiao received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011 and her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 2010. She received her B.E. from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2002.

Adam D. Kline

Mr. Kline practices all aspects of intellectual property, with a primary focus on patent prosecution in the areas of automotive systems, computer software, wireless telecommunications and electronics. Prior to joining Young Basile, Mr. Kline worked in a variety of different industries and has experience as a software engineer, business analyst and project manager. Mr. Kline also has experience managing software development for leading industries, including food service, industrial manufacturing, retail sales and government security. He received his J.D. from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law in 2007 and his B.S. from Temple University in 2000.

Nicholas A. Kurk

Mr. Kurk concentrates his practice on resolving complex commercial and intellectual property disputes in venues throughout the country. Most recently, he served as lead patent counsel in lawsuits in the Eastern District of Texas and Southern District of Florida, and supported trademark litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and commercial litigation in the Southern District of California. In addition, a portion of his practice focuses on patent-related matters, including opinions related to infringement and validity, due diligence and portfolio acquisitions. Mr. Kurk received his J.D. magna cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2006 and graduated first in his class. He received his B.S. from Michigan State University in 2002.

About Young Basile

With offices in Michigan, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Texas, Young Basile provides a full range of intellectual property and commercial legal services to global and national clients in technology-intensive industries, including software, automotive, electronics and medical devices.

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