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 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.

Organizations and Affiliations

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

Media Coverage

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

Publications

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

Education

J.D., University of Detroit

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, General Motors Institute