Jeffrey M. Szuma

Electrical & Software Patent Prosecution, Post-Grant Proceedings, Patent Portfolio Management, & Opinions


Jeff Szuma is a registered patent attorney who specializes in patent prosecution and investigations, and has also been involved in both trial and appellate level patent litigation. Jeff received his M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Michigan in computer information systems and electrical engineering, and has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications and investigating patent infringement and validity issues for a wide variety of electrical and computer related technologies. He has three decades of experience as a patent attorney with Brooks Kushman, and during that time has helped to build the firm’s nationally recognized practice.

Jeff’s experience includes patent prosecution and investigations relating to technologies such as data storage and management systems, microprocessors, network services, data encryption, wireless communication, transducers, VoIP, interactive media services, and digital content delivery for clients in the computer and telecommunications industries.  He also has extensive experience with automotive related technologies for OEM and Tier I clients, including electrical subsystem control, information and entertainment systems, electrical connectors, battery monitoring, wireless communication systems such as tire pressure monitoring and remote entry systems, electric and hybrid vehicle subsystems, and autonomous vehicle systems.  He served for two years at Lear Corporation, a Tier I automotive supplier, as acting Division Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel for their Electronic Systems Division. In that capacity, he assisted in the operation and management of Lear's IP department and had a diverse array of responsibilities, including counseling management on strategic patent procurement, investigation, licensing, litigation and budget matters.

Jeff is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Law section of the State Bar of Michigan, and the Intellectual Property group of the Federalist Society. He is a past President of the Detroit Catholic Central High School Dads' Club, and is active at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, Michigan.

Organizations and Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Owner’s Association(IPO)


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

Press Releases


    Co-Author, “To Patent, Or Not to Patent,” Corp Magazine, February 2010


    J.D., Wayne State University, Cum Laude

    M.S., Computer Information Systems, University of Michigan, With High Distinction

    B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Class Honors