Earl obtained a B.S.E. from the University of Michigan in 1977, and has been in private practice, specializing in Intellectual Property Law, since his graduation from Wayne Law School in 1982. Early in his career, Earl gained significant insight into the concerns of technology developers... see more >
From April, 2005 through June, 2008 Earl was seconded to Lear Corporation, serving as its Chief Patent Counsel, where his duties included management of Lear`s IP Department, including management of Lear`s worldwide patent portfolio for its automotive electronics, seating, and interior businesses, conducting patent infringement/validity risk analysis, assisting in the management of trial counsel for IP litigation involving the company, and attending to the IP due diligence associated with Lear`s global multi-billion dollar business.
Earl continues to prepare and prosecute patent applications, specializing in computer software inventions, but now devotes a significant portion of his practice to conducting patent and product reviews, drafting analyses and clearance opinions as required by his clients. Earl also counsels clients in the licensing of their intellectual property assets, as well as formulating joint development and related technology agreements. He also has substantial experience in conducting due diligence for business transactions involving intellectual property.
Earl serves as Adjunct Professor, teaching a course in Computer and Internet Law, at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. < see less
Practice Areas & Industries
J.D., Wayne State University
B.S., Engineering, University of Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
American Bar Association
Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
Licensing Executives Society
“Top Lawyer,” DBusiness Magazine, 2013
Southfield, Mich., October 16, 2012 – Intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman P.C. is proud to announce that 12 of the firm`s attorneys have been recognized as “2013 Top Lawyers” by DBusiness magazine. The annual list honors the top attorneys in the metro Detroit area in various areas of practice....
Brooks Kushman shareholder, Earl LaFontaine will present an ExecSense Webinar titled, "What Corporate Lawyers Need to Know Before Signing or Negotiating a Licensing Agreement on Behalf of a Client" on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM (EDT). In this webinar, attendees will learn:Everything you need to know before drafting...
“Best Practices for Analyzing, Structuring & Negotiating Aspects of a Licensing Agreement as a Corporate Lawyer,” ExecSense Webinar: Intellectual Property, August 2011
“U.S. Intellectual Property Law and Developments – What Matters to Chinese Business” IP Business Seminar, Shenzhen, China, July 2011
“What Corporate Lawyers Need to Know Before Signing or Negotiating a Licensing Agreement on Behalf of a Client” ExecSense Webinar, July 2011
“Licensing in Innovation: Working with Independent Investors and Small Companies,” Intellectual Property Owners Association Webinar, December 2010