Mark Jotanovic is a registered patent attorney and focuses his practice on litigation and patent prosecution in electrical, electro-mechanical, and software matters. Mark represents clients in a wide range of industries such as automotive, computer software, consumer products, and retail. His experience includes all aspects...
Mark Jotanovic is a registered patent attorney and focuses his practice on litigation and patent prosecution in electrical, electro-mechanical, and software matters. Mark represents clients in a wide range of industries such as automotive, computer software, consumer products, and retail. His experience includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation; from the inception of a case through trial, including motion practice, discovery, depositions, and settlement negotiations. Mark also has extensive experience handling appeals, including briefing and arguing at the Federal Circuit. Due to his experience in both patent prosecution and patent litigation, Mark is uniquely positioned to successfully represent clients in inter partes review and post-grant proceedings.
Mark has represented clients from small to medium sized companies to Fortune 500 corporations. He has entered appearances as trial counsel before multiple Federal District courts throughout the country, including California, Michigan, and Texas.
In addition to his litigation experience, Mark also counsels client on the use of Open Source Software. He works with clients to better understand the complex software licenses and copyright matters.
Prior to coming to Brooks Kushman, Mark worked as a research and design engineer in the Electrical Systems Division for Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America and in the Navigation Division for Aisin AW, developing vehicle multimedia and telematics systems. Mark also worked together with Toyota`s legal department on patent infringement investigations as well as with Toyota`s sales division on next generation product improvements and business models. Mark is a named inventor on several patents related to his work with multimedia and telematics systems.
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J.D., University of Detroit Mercy
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Wayne State University
Maxchief v. Plastic Development Group, Case No. 2:17-cv-12662-AC-DRG (E.D. Michigan 2017) – Lead counsel for Defendant, Plastic Development Group (PDG). Plaintiffs brought a patent litigation suit against distributor of blow molded tables in the Eastern District of Tennessee. Shortly after the Supreme Courts decision in TC Heartland, Brooks Kushman’s litigation team moved to dismiss for improper venue. In a case of first impression applying TC Heartland to unincorporated entities, venue was deemed improper and transferred to Eastern District of Michigan – PDG’s home forum. In parallel, PDG filed an inter partes review challenging the asserted patents validity. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board instituted on all grounds for all challenged claims. The case settled favorably shortly after the case transferring to PDG’s home forum and institution of the inter partes review.
WP Banquet, LLC et al. v. Target Corporation et al. (C.D. California 2016) – Lead counsel for furniture manufacturer Plastic Development Group and retailer Target accused of infringing four patents. Successfully moved to sever and stay the case for Plastic Development Group’s customer Target. Managed to secure a favorable settlement on behalf of Plastic Development Group shortly thereafter.
Ancora v. Apple (2014) – Assisted on the 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.
GeoTag, Inc. v. Domino’s Pizza Inc, Case No. 10-cv-o572 (E.D. Tex 2014) – Successfully defended Domino’s Pizza in a patent infringement action in East Texas. Plaintiff brought suit against over 600 defendants for patent infringement. After the other defendants settled, Domino’s was sole defendant left in case. Court granted summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of Domino’s on five difference grounds.
DietGoal, Inc. v. Domino’s Pizza, Inc., Case No. 2:12-cv-430-RAJ (E.D. Virginia 2014) – Successfully defended Domino’s in patent infringement action. Patent declared invalid as not directed to patentable subject matter.
State Bar of Michigan
Federal Circuit Bar Association
“Rising Star,” Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2016-2018
Twelve Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2018 Super Lawyers List; Eight Attorneys Honored as Rising Stars
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
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...
Eight Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2016 Super Lawyers List; Eight Attorneys Honored As Rising Stars
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 Successfully Defends Patent Infringement Case for Domino's Pizza in Landmark Patent Litigation Case
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., - Brooks Kushman patent litigators, Frank Angileri, Tom Cunningham, and Mark Jotanovic successfully defended Domino`s Pizza in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in a patent infringement case regarding the company`s store locator on its website. In 2010, GeoTag Inc., a non-practicing entity (“NPE”)...
Managing global patent portfolios is no small feat. Especially since certain emerging markets are becoming increasingly important and will play a vital role in your company’s IP strategy. In-house counsel, in cooperation with outside counsel, need to work together to accomplish your company’s business strategy and IP goals. During this webcast,...
Presenter, “Importance of Intellectual Property Law and How the America Invents Act (AIA) has Impacted the Industry,” University of Michigan – Dearborn, November 2014