Media Coverage | 12/03/2019

Brooks Kushman Associate Corey Neil Quoted on Drastic Industry Changes in Patent Strategies for Driverless Cars in a Managing IP Article

  • Licensing
  • Automotive
  • licensing
  • Patent Prosecution

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman associate Corey Neil was featured in a Managing IP article from their Patent Strategy section on November 21, 2019 in an article titled, “Tech Convergence Drives Auto to Burn Up Old Strategies

In this article, industry leaders discuss how new dynamics in the market for driverless cars are prompting car makers and suppliers to overhaul their patent strategies by building up portfolios and better positioning themselves for licensing negotiations and a potential patent war.

Neil mentions in the article that suppliers might react to these changing market dynamics by becoming more defensive and choosing not to indemnify original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) against SEPs. If car makers start to become more assertive with suppliers on producing a product to certain specification, he says, suppliers might push back and say that they simply cannot guarantee that a component is free of third-party rights.

Neil is a registered patent attorney. He focuses his practice on preparing and prosecuting domestic patent applications in the mechanical and electomechanical arts. He also has extensive experience providing data to clients that strengthens their position in determining whether to patent an inventive concept, whether they have freedom to operate, the state of the art of a specific technology market and if there is any white space within that technology market, as well as in intellectual property negotiations, settlements and litigation. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Neil spent several years working as an engineer, as well as acting as a liaison between a large automotive OEM’s patent department located in Germany and its’ North American Headquarters.

Patent Strategy is Managing IP’s new service that tracks and explains how companies in patent-focused businesses are filing, managing, and litigating their patent portfolios while providing company-side intelligence for an industry in flux. With a panel of over 200 senior in-house patent specialists who explain their strategies and concerns, Patent Strategy reveals how other businesses are saving costs, increasing revenues, and overcoming sector challenges by better managing and leveraging their patent portfolios.

The full Managing IP article can be found here.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
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Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit

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