John M. Halan

Patent & Trade Secret Litigation & Post-Grant Proceedings

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John M. Halan has been practicing with the intellectual property law firm of Brooks Kushman P.C. since 1990, where he has been a shareholder for many years and is the head of the firm`s trade secrets group.

As a litigator, he specializes in high-stakes intellectual property...

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John M. Halan has been practicing with the intellectual property law firm of Brooks Kushman P.C. since 1990, where he has been a shareholder for many years and is the head of the firm`s trade secrets group.

As a litigator, he specializes in high-stakes intellectual property litigation, including patent, trade secret, and related commercial litigation.  He has tried many cases as lead or team trial counsel and has also successfully argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also has considerable experience handling various matters before the PTAB, including inter partes reviews and appeals.

In addition to litigation, John has negotiated and prepared numerous intellectual property and commercial agreements, including patent and technology license agreements.  He has also prepared many infringement and validity patent opinions and has been called upon to act as a patent dispute mediator.

As a licensed professional engineer, prior to attending law school and joining Brooks Kushman, John managed a number of industrial construction projects from initial design through to completion.

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Education

J.D., Wayne State University, Law Review

B.S., Engineering, Michigan State University, with High Honors

Cheetah Omni LLC v. Verizon Services Corporation, et al. (E.D. Texas).  Cheetah Omni asserted patent infringement against Verizon regarding certain fiber optic switching technology. Cheetah Omni, represented by John during litigation and at trial, won a $5.4 million jury verdict.

Sunbeam Products, Inc. v. HoMedics, Inc. (W.D. Wisconsin).  Sunbeam alleged that HoMedics infringed a Sunbeam patent relating to bathroom scales.  In representing HoMedics as lead counsel, John successfully moved and argued for summary judgment of non-infringement.  John was also successful in having that decision affirmed after Sunbeam appealed to the Federal Circuit.

Bravo Sports, Inc. v. North Pole (US) LLC. et al. (C.D. California).  Bravo alleged NorthPole was infringing a Bravo patent relating to collapsible canopies.  As lead counsel for NorthPole, John moved and argued for summary judgment of non-infringement and the case was ultimately dismissed.

Syncorp v. Lear Corporation (American Arbitration Association).  Syncorp alleged Lear  misappropriated trade secrets and breached a supply agreement relating to blow molded cargo covers and sought over $40 million in damages.  Lear, represented by John, counterclaimed for breach of contract.  The arbitration panel found for Lear.

Lear Corporation v. Bertrand Faure Technical Center, Inc. (E.D. Michigan).  Lear sued Bertrand Faure for infringement of a patent directed to self-aligning head rest technology.  The trial court granted summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of Bertrand Faure.  Lear, represented by John, appealed to the Federal Circuit and obtained a reversal.  The case subsequently settled.

Expeditors International v. Vastera, Inc. (E.D. Michigan).  In a case watched closely by the customs industry (See Customs Brokerage Industry Narrowly Escapes Restructuring, Intellectual Property Litigation Reporter, October 4, 2004), Expeditors alleged Vastera had misappropriated over 325 trade secrets relating to the customs brokerage industry and sought $150 million in  damages.  John represented Vastera.  The jury found for Vastera and the Court ordered Expeditors to pay over $ 400thousand in fees to Vastera.

Wiand v. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. (3M) (E.D. Michigan).  John represented Wiand in suing 3M for infringement of a patent relating to abrasive pads.  After establishing liability and damages through aggressive discovery, the matter was resolved on terms that are confidential.

TracTec, Ltd. v. Lear Corporation (6th Cir. Michigan).  TracTec alleged that Lear had misappropriated trade secrets and breached a confidentiality agreement relating to racing car seat technology.  John represented Lear.  After aggressively litigating the case over several months, TracTec agreed to a voluntary dismissal.

Bombardier, Inc. v. Venture Industries Corp. (E.D. Michigan).  Bombardier sued Venture, alleging claim and delivery for certain mold tooling.  Venture, represented by John, countersued, asserting misappropriation of trade secrets relating to the molding of snowmobile components in thermoplastic olefin (TPO), breach of confidentiality agreements, various liens, unjust enrichment and fraud.  Bombardier eventually settled and paid damages sought by Venture.

Smith v. Johnson Propeller Co., Inc. (E.D. Michigan).  Smith alleged infringement of a patent relating to boat propeller blades.  In representing Johnson Propeller, John successfully moved and argued for summary judgment based on patent invalidity. John was also successful in having that decision affirmed by the Federal Circuit.

Accurate Detailing v. Haven Busch Co. (17th Cir. Michigan).  John represented Accurate Detailing in a bench trial seeking damages from Haven Busch for construction extras.  The claims were based on breach of contract and unjust enrichment.  The Judge found for Accurate Detailing and awarded all damages requested.

State Bar of Michigan

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Owner’s Association (IPO)

Licensing Executives Society

Lawrence Technological University, Advisory Board Member, 2008 – Present

“Top Lawyer,” DBusiness Magazine, 2012-2016, 2018-2019

Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2017-2018

  • Six Brooks Kushman Shareholders Named To 2019 Top Lawyers List
    Monday, November 26, 2018

    Southfield, Mich.– Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that six shareholders have been recognized by DBusiness magazine as “2019 Top Lawyers.” The annual list honors the top attorneys in the metro Detroit area in various areas of practice. Brooks Kushman attorneys recognized as 2019 Top Lawyers includes, Mark A. Cantor Frank A. Angileri ...

  • Twelve Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2018 Super Lawyers List; Eight Attorneys Honored as Rising Stars
    Monday, September 10, 2018

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. –Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that twenty of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers and 2018 Michigan Rising Stars list for their accomplishments in intellectual property law by Super Lawyers Magazine. The annual listing honors outstanding exceptional lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who...

  • Twelve Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2017 Super Lawyers List; Ten Attorneys Honored As Rising Stars
    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that twenty-two of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers and 2017 Michigan Rising Stars list for their accomplishments in intellectual property law by Super Lawyers Magazine. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who...

  • Four Brooks Kushman Attorneys Recognized as “2014 Top Lawyers”
    Tuesday, November 05, 2013

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Recognized as leading Detroit lawyers, four Brooks Kushman attorneys were named to Dbusiness magazine`s “2014 Top Lawyers” list. Firm President Mark A. Cantor, Shareholder John M. Halan, Shareholder Kristin L. Murphy, and Associate Brian C. Doughty were all named to the Metro Detroit list. “Kristin, John, Brian and...

  • Twelve Brooks Kushman Attorneys Selected as DBusiness “Top Lawyers” for 2013
    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    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 Prevails in Patent Infringement Case for $5.4 Million Against Verizon Communications
    Monday, March 28, 2011

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., March 28, 2011 – On March 18, a jury awarded Cheetah Omni LLC $5.4 million in damages against three subsidiaries of Verizon Communications, Inc. The jury found that Verizon infringed Cheetah`s “fiber to the home technology” Patent No. 7,522,836. Cheetah Omni is a research and development company that has...

  • Halan Contributes Chapter to Book on Intellectual Property Licensing Strategies
    Thursday, February 03, 2011

    Brooks Kushman litigation shareholder, John M. Halan, contributed to the Inside the Minds book, "Intellectual Property Licensing Strategies" with the chapter, "Drafting a License Agreement with an Eye to the Future."  Halan highlights the following areas in the book chapter:Emerging Trends in IP Licensing StrategiesWorking with Licensors and LicenseesHandling a Possible...

  • Brooks Kushman's John Halan Named to Lawrence Tech Advisory Board
    Friday, September 05, 2008

    John M. Halan, a shareholder and lawyer with Brooks Kushman P.C., has been invited to serve on the Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board of Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich. “I`m honored to be on the Lawrence Tech Advisory Board,” Halan said. “As a former engineering student myself, I will...

  • NorthPole Companies Secure Summary Judgment Against Bravo Sports, Inc.
    Monday, July 28, 2008

    On July 21, 2008, the United States District Court, Central District of California, entered an order dismissing with prejudice the claims of patent infringement that Bravo Sports, Inc. had made against NorthPole Limited, NorthPole (US) LLC, and NorthPole (China) Limited. The NorthPole companies make and sell a wide variety of...

  • Child's Play Key to New Brooks Kushman Ad Campaign Kid “Inventors” Bring the Joy of Discovery Back to IP
    Thursday, January 13, 2005

    SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – A new advertising campaign from the intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman, PC aims to put the joy of discovery back into the heart of IP law. The campaign will feature a series of ads with kid “inventors” engaged in humorous R&D exploits. The first ad, for...

      Featured, “Top IP Law Firms selected by Fortune 100 Companies.” IP Law & Business, January 2010

      Featured, “IP Law Bulletin,” Crain’s Detroit Business, January 2005

      Featured, “Innovative Ad Campaign,” Detroit Legal News, February 2004

      Author, “Blog: Attention Businesses: The Defend Trade Secrets Act Demands Your Attention,” DBusiness Magazine, May 2016

      Author, “Patent Protection,” DBusiness Magazine, January 2013

      Author, “The ‘Secrets’ to Maintaining a Sometimes-Unrecognized Business Asset: Trade Secrets,” Bloomberg Law Report, February 2012

      Book Chapter Author, “Drafting a License Agreement with an Eye to the Future,” Insides the Minds: Intellectual Property Licensing Strategies, February 2011

      Author, “Filing Down the Design Patent Infringement Test to Ensure a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words,” IPLS Proceedings, Vol. 20, Issue 1, February 2009

      Co-author, “Protecting the Crown Jewels: IUntangible Company Assets-Trademark Protection,” 2008-2009 Michigan Business Review, August 2008

      Author, “Protecting Trade Secrets: Steps Every Trade Secret Owner Should Know,” Employee Relations Law Journal, December 2004

      Co-presenter, Legal Issues for Michigan Professional Engineers seminar, July 2006 

      Guest lecturer, “Intellectual Property,” Lawrence Technological University, 1994 – Present