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Kevin J. Heinl

Patent Prosecution, Patent Portfolio Management, & Patentability Opinions

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With 30 years of experience in patent enforcement and protection, Kevin prosecutes and litigates intellectual property cases in the mechanical arts.  He counsels clients on a full range of patent and intellectual property matters, including trademark, prosecution, and enforcement as well as licensing and copyright...

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With 30 years of experience in patent enforcement and protection, Kevin prosecutes and litigates intellectual property cases in the mechanical arts.  He counsels clients on a full range of patent and intellectual property matters, including trademark, prosecution, and enforcement as well as licensing and copyright issues.

Kevin believes the best way to represent a client is to develop an in-depth understanding of how an invention works and how it impacts the business to which it pertains.  To that end he tries, whenever possible, to visit clients at their plants, observing manufacturing processes and learning the intricacies of mechanical devices.  This helps him develop a detailed understanding of an invention and the problem the invention has solved, which in turn allows him to more fully meet the client`s needs.  The desired outcome is a clear, understandable description of an invention, which streamlines the examination process and makes the issued patent more easily understood by a judge or jury.

Kevin also encourages his clients to actively participate in the patent prosecution process, which helps to assure enforceability of the patents eventually obtained.

Kevin`s prior industry work experience as a supervisor in a metal fabrication plant allows real-world insight into manufacturing operations.  This background has proven especially helpful to clients in the automotive industry for whom Kevin has prosecuted patents involving manufacturing processes, vehicle interior components, transmissions, and convertible tops.  He has also secured patent protection for clients in other industries, including for mechanical components in computer systems.

Kevin`s litigation clients benefit from his broad range of experience, as well.  As in his patent practice, Kevin strives to take whatever reasonable measures are necessary to thoroughly understand the impact of an infringement or invalidity claim on its business.  He advises clients to fully consider all possible dispute resolution options available, so they do not rush into litigation.  Kevin has successfully represented a variety of clients in both asserting patent infringement claims and defending against such claims made by others, at both the trial court and appellate court level.

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Practice Areas & Industries

Education

J.D., University of Detroit

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, General Motors Institute

State Bar of Michigan

American Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • Brooks Kushman Shareholder Kevin Heinl Featured on Podcast for Small Businesses
    Monday, March 04, 2019

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman shareholder Kevin Heinl was recently featured on the Michigan Business Network podcast Michigan Business Beat discussing how to protect small business innovations. In his conversation with host Chris Holman, Heinl covered the importance of patents and protecting small business innovations in the early stages. Heinl has been practicing intellectual property law...

  • Shareholder Kevin Heinl Publishes Article in Small Business Association Magazine
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman shareholder Kevin Heinl recently published an article in the Small Business Association Magazine, Focus on Small Business, titled “Take time to safeguard your new product developments.” The article focuses on steps small businesses and entrepreneurs need to take when they are developing new products or in the manufacturing process....

  • 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...

  • Why Policing Your Intellectual Property on the Internet is More Important Than Ever
    Thursday, December 02, 2010

    Anna K. Heinl and Kevin J. Heinl at Brooks Kushman discuss how monitoring your copyrighted works on the Internet is an essential step to protecting your intellectual property.Why Policing Your Intellectual Property on the Internet is More Important Than EverCopyright and trademark infringement is rampant on the Internet. This is,...

    Featured, “30 Years Later, A Noncompeting Ruling has been Forged into Law,” Crain’s Detroit Business’, March 2015

    Featured, “Career Center Survey Results:  Top Partners to Work for – Smaller Legal Markets,” Above the Law, December 2010

    Author, “Significant Patent Law Reform Legislation Pending,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, June 2005