“Brooks Kushman is committed to promoting innovation and helping those that need assistance in bringing their products and services to the marketplace. Our attorneys partner with numerous non-profit organizations that allow us to provide this assistance and foster innovation while supporting our community.”
Mark A. Cantor, President, Brooks Kushman P.C.
Commitment to Our Community:
Brooks Kushman is not only committed to fostering innovation, we are also committed to bettering the communities in which we live and work. Each quarter, we volunteer with a variety of programs and efforts, including organizations such as Gleaners, Forgotten Harvest and Habitat for Humanity. Throughout the years, our team has helped package tens of thousands of pounds of food, build houses for families in need, and much more. Brooks Kushman team members also donate their time each week during the school year to tutoring a Detroit Public student in literacy through TutorMate and Retooling Detroit.
For years, we have also employed students from Detroit Cristo Rey High School. Students work one day each week as a part of the school’s innovative work study program. This work helps students finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, realize the relevance of their education, and look forward to a brighter future.
On an individual level, many Brooks Kushman attorneys hold leadership positions with charitable and civic organizations, including United Way, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Autism Speaks, the Metropolitan Detroit Pipeline Coordinating Council, Alternatives for Girls, and the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit.
Brooks Kushman also partners with many associations on an annual basis to give back to our community and support their respective causes. Each year, we come together as a team to raise funds, host fundraisers and volunteer to provide support for annual events.
Commitment to Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM):
A number of our attorneys serve the community through educational programs, including an IP Patch program for Girl Scouts in Michigan, which teaches girls and young women about a variety of technical and STEM-based career options. Our team also takes a proactive approach with educational systems across the state to educate young students on the importance of STEM, and the various career opportunities within the field through mentorship, workshops, and hands-on learning opportunities
Commitment to Innovation:
At Brooks Kushman, we understand that entrepreneurs and small businesses often struggle to find funding for their ideas and the opportunity to develop their innovations. We don’t think these barriers should impede the creative process and stop a promising idea from succeeding. That’s why many of our attorneys work with local, regional and national organizations to provide pro-bono services for start-ups and small businesses to help protect their innovations.
Each year, Brooks Kushman collaborates with multiple programs to provide free and/or discounted services to best serve our community. Through programs like Automation Alley, and various start-up competitions, our attorneys provide free intellectual property services to help expand and improve Michigan’s entrepreneurial community. Many of our attorneys also volunteer with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Pure Michigan Business Connect program to provide pro bono patent and trademark services to start-ups and small businesses.
In addition, Brooks Kushman partners with Wayne State University Law School to expand the impact of the Law School’s Patent Procurement Clinic. The strategic partnership provides Wayne Law with support to operate the Clinic on a year-round basis by including assistance from the firm’s experienced patent professionals. Brooks Kushman also helps supplement the teaching and supervision provided by the Clinic faculty and provides Clinic clients with continuity of representation during periods when the Law School is not in session.
Some of our partnering organizations include:
- National Breast Cancer Foundation
- Multiple Sclerosis Walk
- Gleaners Community Food Bank