Presentations | 10/04/2017

Brooks Kushman Shareholder to Present at IP Law Section Meeting on Foreign Patent Applications

Team Contact: Matthew Mietzel

  • Patent Prosecution

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman shareholder Matthew Mietzel will speak at the IP Law Section Meeting, hosted by the Washtenaw County Bar Association, in Ann Arbor, MI on October 27, 2017. The presentation is titled “Foreign Patent Application Filing Pitfalls,” and will discuss the conflicts that can result from inventions created through international collaboration. In today’s global economy, product development can take place internationally with design teams in multiple countries.  Protecting inventions that result from international collaboration may invoke patent regulations in multiple countries.  These patent regulations may be inconsistent and may directly conflict.  Thus, companies seeking international patent protection for inventions that result from international collaboration need to identify and navigate the applicable patent rules carefully.

Mietzel has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications, primarily in the mechanical and electromechanical arts. Beyond patent prosecution, Matt also focuses his practice on the preparation of validity and infringement opinions, trademark prosecution, and litigation matters.

Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Mietzel was an engineer in the automotive industry for over seven years, where he gained experience in manufacturing, design, and research and development. Mietzel also has a deep understanding of the business needs of his clients, having earned a master`s degree in business administration. Matt was also a patent agent at a technology corporation where he learned firsthand about client expectations and how best to service clients.

Mietzel received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Wayne State University.

The Washtenaw County Bar Association was organized in 1894, and is a voluntary professional network of over 700 attorneys, judges and paralegals in Washtenaw County. The organization provides legal education seminars, networking opportunities and public service programs.

For more information about the meeting, and to RSVP by October 25, 2017 to attend, click here.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

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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