Brian Doughty focuses on litigation in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. Brian has worked with clients in a wide range of industries such as automotive, food and beverage, consumer products, industrial technologies, and internet software. Brian has also been involved... see more >
Brian has represented clients from small to medium sized companies to Fortune 500 corporations. He has entered appearances as trial counsel before multiple federal district courts throughout the country, including, California, Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. Brian`s practice encompasses all aspects of litigation including pre-suit investigation, taking and defending depositions, managing electronic discovery, drafting successful discovery and summary judgment motions and briefs, negotiating settlement, and trial preparation
Brian graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. While in law school, Brian served as an Associate Editor of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. Brian did his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor`s of Science in Chemical Engineering. < see less
J.D., University of Michigan
B.S.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, cum laude
INNOVATION VENTURES, LLC d/b/a LIVING ESSENTIALS, v. N.V.E., INC. – Jury Trial (E.D. Michigan 2016): Trial counsel for plaintiff in trademark infringement action involving plaintiff’s 5 hour ENERGY shot. The jury found that defendant N.V.E. infringed plaintiff’s trademark by its sale of a competing product named “6 Hour Power.” The jury awarded $10.6 million in damages. Jury also awarded an additional $11.5 million for disgorgement of profits N.V.E. made on the infringing products, which is subject to further review. The jury also fully rejected the claims brought by N.V.E. which included a $60 million false advertising claim.
I.E.E. International Electronics & Engineering, S.A. and IEE Sensing, Inc. v. TK Holdings Inc. and Takata-Petri A.G., Case No. 10-cv-13487 (E.D. Michigan 2015): Successfully defended IEE companies in patent infringement suit relating to capacitive occupant sensors. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement of four patents asserted against IEE. Case concluded in a favorable settlement for our client in the amount of $1.1 Million.
Otter Products, LLC v. mophie, LLC, (D. Colo. 2012-13): Defended mophie, LLC in patent infringement lawsuit in the District of Colorado relating to protective cell phone cases. Managed litigation through summary judgment briefing and negotiated settlement between parties.
Living Essentials v. N2G, (E.D. Mich. 2008-2011): Represented Plaintiff Living Essentials in trademark and trade dress infringement lawsuit involving 5 hour ENERGY “shot” drink. Plaintiff was granted summary judgment on secondary meaning and copyright infringement. Plaintiff was successful at a jury trial on trade dress and trademark claims. The jury found that the infringement was intentional and awarded plaintiff $1,750,000 in damages in addition to attorney fees.
State Bar of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
“Rising Star,” Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2012 – 2015
“Top Lawyer,” DBusiness Magazine, 2014
Southfield, Mich. – VerdictSearch has issued their "Top 100 Verdicts of 2016" and the trademark infringement lawsuit litigated by Brooks Kushman, Innovation Ventures LLC v. N.V.E., Inc. involving the popular 5-hour ENERGY® shot, was listed as one of the top verdicts. The firm secured a $22,136,992 verdict on behalf of...
Eight Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2016 Super Lawyers List; Eight Attorneys Honored As Rising Stars
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that several of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for their work in intellectual property law. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer...
SOUTHFIELD, MI – A team of Brooks Kushman trial attorneys secured a multi-million-dollar jury verdict for trademark infringement in favor of Innovation Ventures LLC, the makers of 5-hour Energy® shots, against N.V.E., Inc. of New Jersey. The verdict included an award of $10.6 million in damages for N.V.E.’s manufacture and...
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that several of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for their work in intellectual property law. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a...
Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that Erin Bowles, Molly Crandall, Brian Doughty, John Rondini, Christopher Smith, and Martin Sultanahave all been promoted to Shareholders of the firm. Erin Bowles focuses her practice on domestic and foreign patent prosecution. Her practice also includes patentability investigations, infringement and right-to-use analysis and IP transactions and...
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is proud to announce that several of the firm`s attorneys have been named to the 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for their work in intellectual property law. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a...
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Recognized as leading Detroit lawyers, four Brooks Kushman attorneys were named to Dbusiness magazine`s “2014 Top Lawyers” list. Firm President Mark A. Cantor, Shareholder John M. Halan, Shareholder Kristin L. Murphy, and Associate Brian C. Doughty were all named to the Metro Detroit list. “Kristin, John, Brian and...
Featured, “2013 Super Lawyers List,” Super Lawyers, September 2013
Co-Author, “Patent Licenses Versus Covenants Not to Sue: What Are the Consequences?” August 2008