Matthew M. Mietzel

Mechanical & Electrical Patent Prosecution & Licensing

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Matt Mietzel’s comprehensive experience provides him with an intuitive ability to advise his clients on the management and protection of their intellectual property through even the trickiest of legal situations.

Matt has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications, primarily in the mechanical and electromechanical arts. Beyond patent prosecution, Matt also has experience in the preparation of validity and infringement opinions, trademark prosecution, licensing, IP due diligence, and litigation matters.

“In my practice, I find that compared to other patent attorneys, I have more of a genuine understanding of my clients’ problems and struggles, enabling me to advise them authentically and work with them on a deeper level.” – Matt Mietzel

Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Matt was an engineer in the automotive industry for over seven years. Whereas some engineers work solely in manufacturing or design, Matt gained experience in manufacturing, design, and research and development. Matt also has a deep understanding of the business needs of his clients, having earned a master’s degree in business administration. These experiences provide Matt with a strong foundation for advising clients on the management and protection of intellectual property.

Matt was also a patent agent at a technology corporation where he learned first-hand about client expectations and how best to service clients. During his three years in that role, he prepared and prosecuted patent applications, led innovation workshops and patent design-around efforts, developed patent portfolio management strategies, and was involved in technology licensing matters. Matt has also served as acting in-house patent counsel for a Fortune 500 company managing a range of intellectual property matters.

The combination of these diverse experiences provides Matt with an excellent understanding of the many aspects of intellectual property prosecution and intellectual property management.

Outside of the office, Matt enjoys time with his family, hiking, and travelling.

Representative Matters

Represents a Tier-1 automotive and heavy equipment supplier on the management of IP portfolios relating to drive train technologies. Also counsels the client through new product development such as electrification.

Serves as counsel for a global Tier-1 automotive supplier on the prosecution and management of patent portfolios relating to various interior vehicle components. Technologies include seating, structures and mechanisms, and safety components.  Matt also serves as patent counsel for invalidity and freedom-to-operate opinions.

Served as in-house counsel for a Tier-1 supplier on the management of patent portfolios and IP strategies. In this roll, Matt developed and executed IP strategies that aligned with the core business objectives and managed outside counsel and provided counseling regarding litigation and licensing matters.

Organizations and Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of Wisconsin

American Bar Association

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Presentations

Speaker, “Foreign Patent Application Filing Pitfalls,” IP Law Section Meeting, Washtenaw County Bar Association, October 2017

Education

J.D., Wayne State University, cum laude

M.B.A., University of Michigan Business School, with distinction

B.S., Industrial Engineering, Iowa State University, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society