Michael S Brodbine

IAM Research

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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.

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