Dustin Zak is a registered patent attorney and focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of domestic patent applications in the chemical and materials arts. As a summer associate at Brooks Kushman, he participated in litigation matters, prepared responses to office actions, prepared appeal briefs for the PTAB and conducted legal research for both prosecution and litigation matters.
Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Dustin spent 5 years gaining technical experience as a Research and Development Chemist at an automotive OEM supplier and in the automotive after-market refinish industry. In these roles he formulated, developed, and launched various products globally. He also participated in the creation and development of technology for measuring visual emissions for compliance with EPA method 9, and validated and generated performance criteria for raw materials including solvents, polymers, resins, pigments, additives, and final products.
Dustin holds a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University where he received the Governor’s Scholarship, and was also the Senior Articles Editor for the Wayne Law Review, a Mock Trial member, and participated in the patent procurement clinic preparing patent applications for Detroit entrepreneurs and inventors. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Polymers and Coatings Technology from Eastern Michigan University, where he received the Recognition of Excellence Scholarship, the College of technology Coating Scholarship and the Charles Parker Scholarship.
Organizations and Affiliations
American Bar Association
Michigan Intellectual Property Legal Association (MIPLA)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Order of the Coif – Wayne State University Law School Chapter
Detroit Young Professionals
State Bar of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association
Detroit Bar Association
Co-Author, “A Practical Guide To Anti-Counterfeiting Resources In The United States,” World Trademark Review, May 2021
J.D., Wayne State University, summa cum laude
B.S., Polymers and Coatings Technology, Eastern Michigan University, cum laude