Jonathan D. Nikkila

Patent, Trade Secret, & Copyright Litigation

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Jonathan’s practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property litigation including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law.  His litigation experience includes representation of clients in both federal district courts throughout the country and in investigations before the International Trade Commission.  Jonathan handles all facets of pretrial discovery, motion practice, and trial preparation.

In addition to his extensive litigation work, Jonathan is a registered patent attorney authorized to practice before the U.S. Patent Office. In addition to the prosecution of patent applications spanning a variety of technical fields, Jonathan’s practice before the U.S. Patent Office also includes extensive experience on both sides of post-grant patent proceedings. Jonathan has prepared and defended multiple petitions for inter partes and covered business method review.

Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2008.  After completing his undergraduate program of study, Jonathan received his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan where the focus of his course work centered upon intellectual property law.  While at the University of Michigan Law School, Jonathan participated in the Intellectual Property Students Association and the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division.

Jonathan is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Representative Matters

Eagle Harbor Holdings/Medius v. Ford Motor Company (Jury Trial – W.D. Washington): 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. Case No. 3-11-cv-05503

Organizations and Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association


“Rising Star,” Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2017-2020


J.D., University of Michigan Law School

B.S., Chemistry, University of Michigan, with distinction