James A. Kushman

Of Counsel | Chairman & CEO Emeritus

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Jim Kushman is the senior founding member of Brooks Kushman. His practice focuses on protection of inventions in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts. With 50 years of intellectual property law experience, Jim has an in-depth understanding of various technologies, particularly in the automotive, glass processing, plastic blow molding, manufacturing, and consumer products industries.

Jim works with clients of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 500 Corporations to small and mid-sized companies. He takes a proactive approach to understand his clients’ business interests and align IP strategies with those interests in mind. He helps his clients identify “white-space” in the market for new product development and IP investment.

Jim has a long-standing practice working with clients to manage global patent portfolios. He counsels clients on both domestic and international filings with respect to utility and design patents. Throughout his career, he has worked with companies around the world to manage patent portfolios.

Jim seeks creative ways to define inventions in order to sell them at each stage as they proceed through the patent process. His global practice encompasses all phases of protecting and maintaining intellectual property assets, from identifying inventions and initial application filings through appeals, oppositions, and post grant reviews.

Organizations and Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (President, 1987-88)

National Council of Patent Law Association (Representative)


“Leading Lawyers,” Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2019


J.D., Wayne State University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan