Press Releases | 03/10/2020

Brooks Kushman Attorneys Helping Students Learn to Draft Patent Applications at the Annual International Patent Drafting Competition

  • Patent Prosecution

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholders Todd Dishman and Mark Jotanovic to attend the 2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition this week at the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO. Brooks Kushman is also sponsoring the event this year.

The annual International Patent Drafting Competition takes place at the beginning of each year to offer student teams the opportunity to present their patent applications in front of a panel of judges comprised of patent examiners, practitioners, and several high-profile guest judges. This competition began as just four teams in 2016 to now over 15 teams from across the United States and Canada.

During the competition, student teams are given a hypothetical invention statement for which they will search for prior art, prepare a specification, draft claims, and present their reasoning for patentability before a panel of judges comprised of patent examiners, practitioners, and high-profile guest judges. 

Dishman is a registered patent attorney with multiple years of experience in both patent prosecution and litigation, centered on the mechanical and electromechanical arts. This blend of experience enables Dishman to be successful representing clients in post-grant proceedings, and he has served as counsel on behalf of petitioners and patent owners in may inter partes review proceedings. Dishman is also actively involved in the firm’s cybersecurity practice.

Jotanovic is a registered patent attorney focusing his practice on litigation and patent prosecution in electrical, electromechanical, and software matters. Jotanovic has represented his clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation. Due to his unique experience, Mark is uniquely positioned to successfully represent clients in inter partes review and post-grant proceedings. In addition to his litigation experience, Mark also counsels clients on the use of Open Source Software, helping his clients to better understand the complex software licenses and copyright matters.

To learn more about this great event, visit their website here.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a premier intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm dedicated to the advancement and protection of innovations and brands that propel businesses around the world. With offices in Michigan and California, we work alongside corporations, small to medium sized businesses, and leading universities to protect their intellectual property assets. Our attorneys have a broad range of experience in industries and technologies, including consumer electronics, manufacturing, medical device, computer technology, aerospace, chemicals, biotechnology, and retail.

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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