From suppliers to OEMs, the automotive industry is one of the largest sources of intellectual property out there. Brooks Kushman, headquartered in metro Detroit, works in the heart of the industry and is surrounded by the research and development operations of global automakers and suppliers. Our team of experts have experience working in the automotive industry at all levels, including in-house counsel, engineering, and outside counsel, and provide key insights on trending automotive news and innovations.”

Recent Blog Posts

  • Michigan Auto Dealerships Are at Risk of Cyber Attacks During the COVID-19 Crisis—Here’s How to Combat Against the Threats
    Monday, April 20, 2020

    Auto dealerships are, unfortunately, a favorite target of cyber criminals. This is due to the fact that dealerships collect, process, and store large quantities of sensitive customer data across their various technology networks. In December, 2019, Automotive News reported that, “On an average day, 153 viruses and 84 malicious spam emails are blocked by technology […]

    • You May Be Exhausted Over Standard Essential Patents (And Not Even Know It)
      Monday, December 23, 2019

      Brooks Kushman patent litigator John LeRoy has spent nearly a decade dealing with so-called “Standard Essential Patents” (SEPs) that, according to the patent owners, are “essential” to the modems used cellular telephones, connected vehicles and other wireless devices. Patent owners are required to license their SEPs on “Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory” or “FRAND” terms, but […]

      • Nokia’s U.S. Standard Essential Patents are Exhausted Against Qualcomm Chipsets
        Friday, December 20, 2019

        Qualcomm is the world’s largest supplier of cellular modem chipsets.  Nokia holds one of the largest portfolios of patents declared “essential” to practicing the cellular modem standards, such as 3G and 4G LTE.  On July 22, 2008, to settle their respective cross-claims for patent infringement, Nokia and Qualcomm entered into a “Subscriber Equipment and Infrastructure […]

        • Advanced Materials are Driving Innovation in the Automotive Industry
          Monday, November 25, 2019

          Given increasingly stringent legal and regulatory demands on fuel economy, emission control, and vehicle safety, automakers have responded by building lighter, more efficient, and more technologically-sophisticated vehicles over the last few decades. To accomplish this feat, automakers have focused on incorporating more advanced materials, such as high strength steels, lightweight plastics, and non-ferrous alloys into their products.