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John S. LeRoy

Shareholder, Chair of Open Source Compliance

Michigan OfficeP (248) 226-2754

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John's practice focuses on patent litigation in the software, electrical, and mechanical arts. With over 15 years of patent litigation experience, he has represented clients in virtually every industry. John has successfully tried patent cases in Federal Courts nationwide, and has successfully handled appeals before... see more >

John's practice focuses on patent litigation in the software, electrical, and mechanical arts. With over 15 years of patent litigation experience, he has represented clients in virtually every industry. John has successfully tried patent cases in Federal Courts nationwide, and has successfully handled appeals before Federal Circuit. A summary of John’s litigation and appellate practice is provided below.

John is also the Chair of Brooks Kushman’s Open Source Compliance practice. He advises companies regarding effective use of open source software in their commercial products. He develops customized strategies for compliance with applicable open source license terms. John’s team manages source code audits and works closely with software developers and business managers to properly navigate the various open source license terms. John’s team has undertaken the audit-and-advice service on complex systems in the automotive, consumer electronics, medical device, and computer industries.

John is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Courts in Delaware, California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Wisconsin. John is also a registered patent attorney, and is authorized to practice before the U.S. Patent Office.

John holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Buffalo, where he graduated cum laude. John’s background in both electrical and mechanical engineering allows him to handle patent cases involving many different technologies.

John is a regular guest lecturer on Patent Fundamentals at the University of Michigan. John has also personally handled six pro bono civil actions, including one pro bono jury trial.

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Education

J.D., University of Dayton

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, academic excellence

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Buffalo, cum laude

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Society

Eagle Harbor Holdings/Medius v. Ford Motor Company – Jury Trial
Defended Ford in patent infringement trial in which plaintiff was asserting several patents against Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, and Ford’s automatic parking system. Plaintiffs sought damages of $250 million. Jury found patents not infringed, and awarded no damages to plaintiff. Jury also found that plaintiffs had misappropriated Ford trade secrets.

Ancora v. Apple – Appeal to Federal Circuit & Petition for Certiorari
Handled & argued appeal on behalf of Ancora reversing district court’s claim construction of term “program,” and affirming district’s court’s finding of no indefiniteness. Successfully briefed opposition to Apple’s petition for certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court.

AgentWare v. Ford Motor Company – Jury Trial
Defended Ford in trade secrets case relating to computer software for assembly line visualization. AgentWare sought millions from Ford in damages. The court and the jury found for Ford, rejecting AgentWare’s claims.

GreenLeaf/Ford Motor Company v. Technology Solutions Company – Jury Trial
The lawsuit resulted from a failed development of a custom computer system for GreenLeaf (a Ford subsidiary) capable of tracking its national inventory and processing sales transactions. GreenLeaf, represented by Brooks Kushman, demanded a refund of the fees it paid TSC over the course of the unsuccessful development project. After a week-long trial, the jury awarded GreenLeaf $2.3 million.

z4 v. Microsoft and Autodesk – Jury Trial & Appeal to Federal Circuit
Represented z4 in a patent infringement case involving two patents relating to technology for reducing software piracy. Infringing products included Microsoft’s Windows and Office software, and Autodesk’s AutoCAD software. Brooks Kushman secured a $133 million jury verdict, and a $25 million enhanced damages award for z4. (U.S. Patent Nos. 6,785,825 and 6,044,471) The Federal Circuit affirmed the jury verdict.

Cheetah Omni LLC v. Verizon Services Corporation, et al. – Jury Trial
Represented Cheetah Omni in a patent infringement lawsuit concerning fiber optic switching technology. Secured a $5.4 million jury verdict.

United States Supreme Court

Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association – Open Source Committee

State Bar of Michigan

“Leader in the Law,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2016

Best Lawyers in America, 2015 – 2017

“Top Lawyer,” DBusiness Magazine, 2013, 2015 – 2017

“Rising Star,” Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2008 – 2010, 2012 – 2013

Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2015

“Up & Coming Lawyer,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2008

Eastern District of Michigan Pro Bono Service Recognition, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 – 2012

  • Brooks Kushman Ranked in the 2017 Best Law Firms List; Eight Attorneys Ranked as Best Lawyers
    Monday, November 21, 2016

    Southfield, Mich.,- Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been ranked in the 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report-Best Lawyers list of Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers. Brooks Kushman holds a tier one ranking in IP litigation, patent litigation, patent law and trademark law in Detroit, as well...

  • Five Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2017 Top Lawyers List
    Monday, November 21, 2016

    Southfield, Mich.–Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been recognized as “2017 Top Lawyers” by DBusiness magazine. The annual list honors the top attorneys in the metro Detroit area in various areas of practice. The complete list of Brooks Kushman attorneys honored as “2017 Top Lawyers” follows: Mark...

  • Eight Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2016 Super Lawyers List; Eight Attorneys Honored As Rising Stars
    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that several of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for their work in intellectual property law. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer...

  • Brooks Kushman Congratulates 7 Attorneys Named as 2017 Best Lawyers In America
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    Southfield, Mich. -Brooks Kushman President Mark Cantor, and Shareholders Frank Angileri, Marc Lorelli, John LeRoy, Elizabeth Janda, Thomas Lewry and John Nemazi have been selected for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized as 2017 Best Lawyers across a variety of intellectual property (IP) practice areas, including: Mark Cantor – IP Litigation,...

  • Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing IP
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce six of the firm’s shareholders have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (IP) Magazine. This comprehensive guide to leading IP firms and lawyers covers more than 80 countries. Brooks Kushman attorneys recognized as IP Stars by the publication are President...

  • Brooks Kushman Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney Honored as a 2016 “Leader in the Law”
    Thursday, February 18, 2016

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman shareholder, John S. LeRoy, has been named a 2016 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. LeRoy will be recognized along with 30 other honorees including prominent counsel and judges at the 2016 Leaders in the Law award ceremony hosted by Michigan Lawyers Weekly...

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized as 2016 Best Law Firm
    Wednesday, November 04, 2015

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been ranked in the 2016 edition of “U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers” list of Best Law Firms. Brooks Kushman holds a tier one ranking in IP litigation, patent litigation, patent law and trademark law in Detroit,...

  • Fifteen Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
    Wednesday, September 09, 2015

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that several of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for their work in intellectual property law. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a...

  • Five Brooks Kushman Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers in America
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    Southfield, Mich. -Brooks Kushman President Mark Cantor, and Shareholders Frank Angileri, Marc Lorelli, John LeRoy and Elizabeth Janda have been selected for inclusion in the 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers across a variety of intellectual property (IP) practice areas,...

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a 2014 “Best Law Firm”; Five Shareholders Named as “Best Lawyers”
    Monday, November 03, 2014

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm, Brooks Kushman, is proud to announce their inclusion in the 2015 edition of “U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers`” list of Best Law Firms. Brooks Kushman holds a national tier one ranking in patent and IP litigation, patent law...

  • Sixteen Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
    Monday, September 08, 2014

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is proud to announce that several of the firm`s attorneys have been named to the 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for their work in intellectual property law. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a...

  • Brooks Kushman Shareholder John LeRoy to Discuss Open Source License Compliance at ARM TechCon
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Addressing the growing use of open source software (OSS) in consumer products, Brooks Kushman P.C. shareholder John LeRoy will speak at the 2013 ARM TechCon, a three-day conference for hardware and software engineers involved in ARM architecture used in most consumer electronics in Santa Clara, Calif. on...

  • 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....

  • LeRoy Presents on the Legal Risks of Open Source Software
    Friday, August 12, 2011

    Brooks Kushman patent litigator and shareholder, John LeRoy leads an ExecSense webinar titled, "What CIOs Need to Know About the Legal Risks Associated with Open Source Software," on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 2:30 PM (EDT).  John will discuss the following:Open source software is "free" of charge, but...If used improperly,...

  • 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...

  • LeRoy Offers Insight on Cost Effective E-Discovery for Corporate Counsel
    Monday, November 29, 2010

    “How to Keep ESI at Bay in E-Discovery”Corporate CounselNovember 29, 2010 – John S. LeRoy, litigation shareholder at Brooks Kushman provides Corporate Counsel with his perspective on E-Discovery.  He discusses the inefficiencies associated with taking native files and converting them to TIFF files.  There's a significant cost to the producing...

  • The Fab Five: Five Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2010 Super Lawyers List; Two Attorneys Honored as Rising Stars
    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 22, 2010 – Five Brooks Kushman lawyers have been named to the 2010 Michigan Super Lawyers list, tying another local law firm for the most lawyers represented in the two intellectual property (IP) categories. The annual Super Lawyers listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice...

  • Brooks Kushman's John LeRoy Named “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
    Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    John S. LeRoy, a shareholder with Brooks Kushman P.C., was recently named an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. This year`s class included 10 lawyers who have practiced for 10 years or less and have distinguished themselves in the practice of law. “It has been wonderful to see John...

  • Six Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2008 Super Lawyers List; Five Up-and-Coming Attorneys Named Rising Stars
    Monday, September 22, 2008

    Six lawyers from the intellectual property (IP) law firm Brooks Kushman P.C. were named to the Super Lawyers list for 2008. Southfield, Mich.-based Brooks Kushman has more lawyers included in the IP categories of the 2008 Super Lawyers list than any other law firm in Michigan. The Super Lawyers list...

  • 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...

  • Brooks Kushman Lawyers Honored for Local Pro Bono Work
    Friday, October 05, 2007

    Brooks Kushman P.C.`s John S. LeRoy and Brian S. Tobin were recently honored for their voluntary pro bono work during the past year at the Annual State of the Court and Pro Bono Recognition Luncheon hosted by the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal...

      • Brooks Kushman Shareholder Quoted in Crain's Detroit Business
        Monday, November 14, 2016

        Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder and Chair of Open Source Compliance was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’ November 11, 2016 “2016 Eureka Index: Breaking with traditional technologies.” In the article, LeRoy discusses how automakers and suppliers are quickly innovating and racing to file patents for autonomous vehicles and device integration. "The OEMs, non-OEMs, Apple, Android and others...

      • Five Brooks Kushman Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Best Lawyers in America ®
        Wednesday, August 20, 2014

        Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that President Mark A. Cantor, and Shareholders Frank A. Angileri, Marc Lorelli, John S. LeRoy and Elizabeth F. Janda have all been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2015. Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized as 2015 Best Lawyers across a...

      • Four Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2013 Super Lawyers List; Ten Attorneys Honored as Rising Stars
        Friday, September 06, 2013

        SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman P.C. is proud to announce that several of the firm`s attorneys have been named to the 2013 Super Lawyers list for their work in the intellectual property arena. The annual Super Lawyers listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained...

      • Brooks Kushman's LeRoy Discusses Open Sourcing Compliance in Crain`s Detroit Business
        Monday, June 24, 2013

        SOUTHFIELD, Mich., - Brooks Kushman Shareholder John LeRoy was featured in an article exploring the impacts of using open source software within the automotive industry in this week`s issue of Crain`s Detroit Business. The article “Cure for common codes: Devil is in details for open-source auto technology” quotes LeRoy, “Open-source is...

      • Heinl and LeRoy Named Top Partners to Work For
        Thursday, December 30, 2010

        "Career Center Survey Results:  Top Partners to Work For – Smaller Legal Markets" Above the Law December 30, 2010 – Brooks Kushman patent attorneys, Kevin J. Heinl and John S. LeRoy were recognized by their peers as Top Partners to Work For in the Detroit Market.  In addition to Detroit, Above the...

      • LeRoy Offers Insight on Cost Effective E-Discovery for Corporate Counsel
        Monday, November 29, 2010

        “How to Keep ESI at Bay in E-Discovery”Corporate CounselNovember 29, 2010 – John S. LeRoy, litigation shareholder at Brooks Kushman provides Corporate Counsel with his perspective on E-Discovery.  He discusses the inefficiencies associated with taking native files and converting them to TIFF files.  There's a significant cost to the producing...

      • Six Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2009 Super Lawyers List; Two Up-and-Coming Lawyers Named Rising Stars
        Thursday, October 08, 2009

        Six lawyers from Brooks Kushman P.C. have been named to the 2009 Super Lawyers list, more than any other Michigan firm in the intellectual property (IP) categories. The Super Lawyers list recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and...

        • Brooks Kushman Attorneys Discuss Open Source Software Compliance
          Tuesday, October 07, 2014

          SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – In a recent article published by the Association for Corporate Counsel (ACC), Brooks Kushman Shareholder John LeRoy discusses the benefits and risks associated with using open source software (OSS), and how businesses can identify and manage these risks. Working with specialized legal and technical professionals, like those at Brooks...

          • Brooks Kushman Shareholder to Discuss Software Patentability on USPTO Panel
            Sunday, May 17, 2015

            SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder John LeRoy will serve on a panel during a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) program exploring software patentability at Lawrence Technical University in Southfield, Michigan on May 20, 2015. LeRoy will join two other panelists and moderator Christal Sheppard, director of the USPTO’s Detroit office to discuss software patentability...

          • Brooks Kushman Shareholders to Present at The Big M Manufacturing Convergence
            Thursday, June 05, 2014

            SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman, Shareholders Kristin Murphy and John LeRoy will present at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers` Big M Manufacturing Convergence on June 11. Murphy and LeRoy will host a breakout session, “Innovation and Invention: What Sets One Company Apart From its Competitors” during the event. Their session will...

          • Brooks Kushman Shareholder John LeRoy to Discuss Open Source License Compliance at ARM TechCon
            Tuesday, October 29, 2013

            SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Addressing the growing use of open source software (OSS) in consumer products, Brooks Kushman P.C. shareholder John LeRoy will speak at the 2013 ARM TechCon, a three-day conference for hardware and software engineers involved in ARM architecture used in most consumer electronics in Santa Clara, Calif. on...

          • Brooks Kushman Shareholder, John LeRoy to Discuss Open Source License Compliance at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo
            Tuesday, August 27, 2013

            SOUTHFIELD, Mich., – To address the growing use of open source software (OSS) in automobiles and embedded vehicle modules, Brooks Kushman shareholder John LeRoy will discuss OSS license compliance in the automotive industry during the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo in Novi, Mich. The presentation is aimed at all...

          • LeRoy Presents on the Legal Risks of Open Source Software
            Friday, August 12, 2011

            Brooks Kushman patent litigator and shareholder, John LeRoy leads an ExecSense webinar titled, "What CIOs Need to Know About the Legal Risks Associated with Open Source Software," on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 2:30 PM (EDT).  John will discuss the following:Open source software is "free" of charge, but...If used improperly,...