Chanille Carswell

Patent, Trademark, Trade Secret Litigation, & Trademark Office Proceedings


Chanille`s practice focuses on trademark, trade dress, copyright and patent litigation, unfair competition, and appeals in a wide range of industries such as automotive, banking, construction machinery, consumer products, e-commerce and insurance. She also represents clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United...

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Chanille`s practice focuses on trademark, trade dress, copyright and patent litigation, unfair competition, and appeals in a wide range of industries such as automotive, banking, construction machinery, consumer products, e-commerce and insurance. She also represents clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Chanille`s experience includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation from the inception of a case through trial, including motion practice, discovery, depositions, and settlement negotiations. Chanille has extensive experience in briefing and/or arguing motions for dismissal, summary judgment, discovery, Daubert exclusion, preliminary and permanent injunctions, contempt and sanctions. Chanille`s experience also includes trademark counseling, clearance, protection, enforcement, and the management of the domestic and foreign trademark portfolios of Fortune 500 companies.

Chanille has litigated cases across the country and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of  Texas, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also been admitted pro hac vice in U.S. District Courts in California, Illinois and New Hampshire.

Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Chanille served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Victoria A. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. There she researched and drafted bench memoranda, orders and opinions in various practice areas including trademark, trade dress and patent infringement, products liability, and commercial law.

Chanille previously worked as a staff attorney for UAW Chrysler Legal Services, where she litigated civil cases in bench and jury trials. Early in her career, Chanille also worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid and Defender Association (Civil and Criminal Divisions). During those years, she handled all aspects of litigation in civil and criminal cases, including bench and jury trials, all aspects of motion practice and discovery, settlement and plea agreements, and general legal counseling.

Chanille is also a member of the firm`s Diversity Committee.

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J.D., Wayne State University Law School

B.A., Michigan State University

Innovation Ventures, LLC d/b/a Living ESSENTIALS, v. N.V.E., INC. – (Jury Trial – E.D. Michigan) – Represented Plaintiff Living Essentials in trademark infringement action involving plaintiff’s 5-Hour ENERGY trademark. The jury found that Defendant N.V.E.’s sale of a competing product named “6 Hour Power” infringed Plaintiff’s trademark and awarded $10.6 million in damages. The jury also awarded an additional $11.5 million in disgorgement of N.V.E.’s profits and fully rejected N.V.E.’s $60 million false advertising claim.

Lucky’s Detroit, LLC v. Double L Inc. (Summary Judgment – E.D. Michigan) – Represented Defendant Double L, Inc. in a declaratory judgment action brought by the Plaintiff regarding the LUCKY’S and LUCKY’S STEAKHOUSE and design trademarks owned and registered by Double L. The Court ruled in Double L’s favor granting summary judgment on Double L’s counterclaim for trademark infringement and awarding disgorgement of the Plaintiff’s profits.

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of Georgia

Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, ’16 Fellow

Corporate Counsel Women of Color

  • 5-hour ENERGY® Named “Top Verdicts of 2016”
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    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...

  • Brooks Kushman Secures Largest Trademark Verdict in Michigan History for 5-Hour Energy
    Monday, February 29, 2016

    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...

  • Brooks Kushman Appoints Shareholder Chanille Carswell as 2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow
    Monday, February 09, 2015

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder Chanille Carswell has been selected to represent Brooks Kushman as a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) 2015 class of Fellows. This landmark program identifies, trains and focuses on the development of the industry’s next generation of professional leaders. The LCLD Fellows Program offers participants virtual and...

  • Brooks Kushman Adds Five Shareholders; Expands Leadership as Firm Continues to Grow
    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman P.C. – a nationally ranked intellectual property and technology law firm – recently promoted five attorneys, Maria F. Angileri, Chanille Carswell, Michael D. Cushion, Linda D. Mettes, and Kristin L. Murphy to Shareholders as the firm continues to grow. “Maria, Chanille, Michael, Linda, and Kristin all...

  • Brooks Kushman Attorney Chanille Carswell will Present at a Seminar for ArtServe Michigan's Lawyers for Creative Ecomony
    Tuesday, December 04, 2012

    Southfield, Mich - Chanille Carswell, a trademark attorney at Intellectual Property law firm Brooks Kushman, will be one of the members presenting at a seminar on Thursday, December 6, on intellectual property law and issues for leading Michigan statewide arts and cultural advocacy organization ArtServe Michigan. The seminar will be part of...

  • Brooks Kushman Win Makes LexisNexis' Top 10 Trademark Victories
    Thursday, February 16, 2012

    LexisNexisThe Copyright & Trademark Law Community Staff at LexisNexis, have ranked Brooks Kushman's win on behalf of client, Double L, Inc., number two on the "Top 10 Trademark Cases for the Month of January 2012."  The lawsuit was Lucky's Detroit, LLC v. Double L, Inc., Case No. 09-14622, U.S. District Court...

  • Brooks Kushman Successfully Defends “LUCKY'S” Trademarks for Client Double L Inc.
    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

    Southfield, Mich., February 15, 2012 – Michigan intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman P.C. successfully protected the “LUCKY`S” trademarks owned and registered by client Double L Inc., which operates five restaurants throughout Michigan under its “LUCKY`S” trademarks, in litigation brought by Lucky`s Detroit, LLC, over use of the “LUCKY`S” brand...

  • Brooks Kushman Trademark Attorneys Appointed to International Trademark Association Committees
    Tuesday, January 03, 2012

    Several attorneys selected by global intellectual property association for 2012-2013 term Southfield, Mich., January 3, 2012 – Michigan intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman P.C. is proud to announce several attorneys have been named to International Trademark Association (INTA) committees for the upcoming 2012-2013 term.  This recognition by one of the most influential intellectual...

  • Women Helping Women
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009

    Oakland County Legal News On Thursday, April 30th, Brooks Kushman hosted its inaugural "Women Helping Women" networking event at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale to aid the endeavors of two local charities: Jackets for Job and Simon House. The event not only supported women-owned businesses (it was held at a...

    • IP Litigation in 2019: Key Developments from 2018 and Predictions for the New Year
      Monday, December 17, 2018

      2018 was another eventful year for intellectual property litigation. In addition to developments in AIA post-grant trials before the PTAB, the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit issued several landmark decisions affecting both IP owners and accused infringers. By all indications, 2019 promises even more changes, as the Supreme Court already...

      Co-Author, “Retail ambiance – is it protectable?” Trademark World, January 2009

      Speaker, “Intellectual Property Law and Issues for Arts and Cultural Advocacy Organizations,” Art Serve Michigan’s Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE) seminar, December 2012

      Presenter, Art Serve Michigan’s Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE) Seminar, December 2012