United States - Michigan Fishman Stewart PLLC

Fishman Stewart PLLC is a full-service IP boutique law firm based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The firm is a leader in IP law and is consistently named in the annual list of the nation’s Best Law Firms by US News & World Report – Best Lawyers. With over 35 highly qualified attorneys and staff specialising in all aspects of intellectual property, “There’s IP in everything we do!®”

At Fishman Stewart, we believe that intellectual property should be managed in the same way that companies manage their capital. While all companies have strategies for maximising and leveraging their use of capital, they may not have a plan for managing their intellectual property. As strategic advisers to CEOs and senior executives throughout the world, we help to maximise the value of ‘intellectual capital’. Patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and other forms of intellectual property are key elements of a company’s business strategy; managed effectively, they can protect new product lines, increase market share and head off competition. Our attorneys specialise in “Turning intellectual property into intellectual capital®”.

The attorneys at Fishman Stewart have developed IP management strategies for US and foreign companies in every part of the world. Since 1996, we have obtained tens of thousands of patents and trademarks and represented clients in hundreds of contested matters.


Increasing competition and global commerce have changed the way that patents are approached and managed. Today, an IP strategy is essential for maximising the value of a company’s patents and reducing unnecessary costs and risks. Fishman Stewart attorneys perform patent prosecution and counselling and represent clients at the newly formed and important Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Clients benefit from constant reviews of patent use, competitor actions and market trends.


Fishman Stewart handles all aspects of registration – from search to ongoing management of a company’s marks, including monitoring potential infringements and identifying ways to optimise the value of a mark through licensing and other revenue-generating opportunities. The firm files and manages US and foreign trademarks in every part of the world.

Litigation and dispute resolution

Fishman Stewart develops strategies for resolving disputes of any size or complexity. Our multi-disciplinary litigation team has represented clients before the International Trade Commission, the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Trade Commission and in Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy proceedings.


Copyright protection is available for original works of authorship. Protectable works include literary, musical and dramatic works; choreography; pictorial, graphic, structural and architectural works; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; sound recordings; and computer programs. Fishman Stewart counsels companies, authors, software developers, artists, architects and others on all aspects of copyright creation, protection and enforcement, and has defended those accused of infringement.

Trade secrets

Fishman Stewart works with employers, in industries including manufacturing, information technology and biotechnology, to develop trade secret protection strategies. Once a trade secret becomes known, its exclusivity and protection are lost. Thus, a proactive plan for protecting a company’s trade secrets is essential. We have experience developing a combination of employment agreements, licensing arrangements and other preventive measures to protect trade secrets.

IP consulting, transactional and e-commerce services

Fishman Stewart provides proactive strategies and solutions for companies with respect to their IP transactional needs, including solutions for companies conducting business electronically. Our experienced practitioners track the latest advances in the law and are positioned to handle the complete range of transactional, e-commerce, technology, privacy, internet, advertising, regulatory and consumer legal matters.


Fishman Stewart was founded in 1996 as Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC. Michael Fishman and Michael Stewart were founding members of the firm. In 2016, the firm celebrated its 20th year of providing excellent IP law services globally.

Main address

39533 Woodward Ave
Suite 140
Bloomfield Hills MI 48304
United States

Contact details

E: info@fishstewip.com
T: +1 248 594 0600
F: +1 248 594 0610
W: www.fishstewip.com

Professional contacts

Michael B Stewart, Founding partner
E: mstewart@fishstewip.com

Michael D Fishman, Founding partner
E: mfishman@fishstewip.com

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