Brooks Kushman PC

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A Michigan-headquartered outfit with a national practice and international reputation, Brooks Kushman never fails to impress. “It offers more affordable rates than big market law firms but with a level of quality that is on par if not better than anything available elsewhere.” The ensemble has been on an excellent run of form in patent litigation and added a number of notable accomplishments to its résumé: Marc Lorelli and Frank Angileri secured a Federal Circuit affirmance of a summary judgment decision in favour of Ford against New World International, which was found to have wilfully infringed design patents related to hood and headlamps on the Ford F-150 truck. Getting in among the most complex issues, these two lawyers demonstrate exceptional clarity of strategic thought. John LeRoy is another senior litigator on deck and a favourite among automotive clients for support on matters involving standard essential patents. The prosecution side, meanwhile, has flourished; long-term patrons continue to select the group to steer their efforts in procuring business-critical patents. Masco Corporation works with Sangeeta Shah and Tiffany Fidler; Harman International calls on Martin Sultana; and Ford instructs Ben Stasa. As the CEO of Brooks Kushman, Shah has been tremendously successful in growing the firm’s influence beyond the Midwest; she has outstanding leadership credentials. So, too, Fidler, one of the youngest co-chairs – she co-heads the prosecution group. Sultana has a rich mix of drafting, negotiation and strategic thinking skills, and is a lawyer who “goes the extra mile for his clients and shows a genuine and sincere engagement in their business and innovation”. Stasa is as knowledgeable as anyone in the area of artificial intelligence. Another valuable name for the address book is Michael Brodbine, a key contact for several global entities, who tap his veteran expertise on strategic matters.

Firm Profile

At Brooks Kushman, we believe the best IP solutions come from putting great minds together – yours and ours. We know that exceptional service is possible only by forging strong relationships with our clients. Those relationships are the fuel for tenacious and innovative solutions to your most complex problems. We’re ready to work with you to understand your unique business needs and become a valuable extension of your own team.

Patent prosecution was at the core of our founding in 1983 and remains a cornerstone of our firm. Today, Brooks Kushman is regularly recognised for our level of excellence by leading industry organisations and is ranked among the top patent firms in the United States. Committed to advancing and protecting inventions, brand names, creative works and all other forms of intellectual property, Brooks Kushman creates customised strategies for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, technology companies and universities. We have the technical degrees you need, plus the business acumen to maximise the value of your IP assets.

Patent prosecution

Representing many of the world’s largest corporations on the development and management of IP portfolios, Brooks Kushman maintains its reputation as one of the nation’s leading patent law firms. Our patent practice is regularly recognised for our level of excellence by leading industry organisations and is ranked among the top patent firms in the United States in terms of patent filings. Our patent practitioners, who are trained in a variety of disciplines, harness the combined technical expertise and legal prowess that clients around the world turn to for expert patent counsel. Our attorneys strive to obtain the most effective and efficient patent protection for our clients, leveraging our vast experience to secure patents for many types of innovations involving mechanical, electrical, chemical, computer software, life sciences, biomedical and product design arts.

IP litigation

Brooks Kushman’s skilled and experienced litigators are known for achieving outstanding results that clients demand. We have represented plaintiffs and defendants in IP and other technology-related disputes in federal, appellate and state courts around the country. We have also represented clients before administrative bodies, including the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission.

Many of the world’s largest and most recognisable companies, as well as other businesses and innovators of all sizes, rely on Brooks Kushman to handle complex, high-stakes matters. Our litigation team has a proven track record of winning for our clients as plaintiffs and defendants throughout the nation. We efficiently represent each client with an assembled litigation team with complimentary talent and skills to give our clients a strategic advantage at trial.

Post-grant proceedings

We understand the intricacies and implications of post-grant challenges, how to staff them, what resources to deploy, and the technical issues at the heart of each matter. Our attorneys know what it takes to prevail in inter partes reviews, ex parte re-examination, post-grant reviews and covered business method reviews.

When appropriate, we coordinate post-grant efforts with parallel district court litigation and appeals, always keeping in mind the effect that a decision can have on a patent portfolio, market opportunities and the bottom line. Preventively, our prosecution team develops and implements client-specific strategies to help insulate a patent portfolio from post-grant challenges. Our in-house patent searchers track related post-grant proceedings, monitor patent filings from our clients’ competitors, and search for and examine relevant prior art to anticipate potential future challenges and institute measures to minimise potential risk.

Broad perspective

Brooks Kushman attorneys hold numerous advanced degrees in a wide range of technical disciplines, including chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, cellular and molecular biology, computer science, and electrical and mechanical engineering. We bring this knowledge as we work with clients across many different industries, including chemical and biotechnology, cybersecurity and privacy, construction and home improvement, consumer products, electrical and computer technology, e-commerce, food and beverage, IT services and solutions, life sciences, medical devices, and mechanical and industrial manufacturing.

To further enhance our perspective, our attorneys have a wealth of practical, client-side experience. Nearly one-third of our attorneys have served as in-house counsel and many others have worked as engineers before joining the firm.

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