Michael S. Brodbine

Executive Committee Member | Co-Chair Patent Prosecution


As co-chair of the Brooks Kushman Patent Prosecution Group, Mike Brodbine counsels clients on all aspects of intellectual property matters, focusing not only on the U.S. patent landscape but also providing a global view for his clients.

Mike has extensive experience advising clients on commercialization activities and he routinely provides clearance, infringement, validity, and state-of-the-art opinions. He has filed and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and foreign patent applications on a variety of technologies including chemical coatings, plastic packagings, PET bottling, catalysts, fabric treatment, building products, automotive interior and body components, and vehicle safety systems. He often consults with management and corporate counsel to build understanding between the scientist and engineers and their companies` decision makers regarding the development, application, and potential impact of new technologies in the market and within the corporate patent portfolio.

Mike employs a collaborative approach to helping clients define and protect their intellectual property assets, based on his knowledge that the more input a client offers in the early stages of patent prosecution, the stronger the resulting protection will be.

Mike also ensures that lines of communication are always open, clients are kept up-to-date on the status of a project, and questions and concerns that may arise are anticipated and answered. His close working relationship with clients has led him to serve on several of his clients` patent review and investigation committees. He has also fulfilled the role of acting chief patent counsel for one of the firm`s larger clients.

Organizations and Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of Ohio

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Owner’s Association (IPO)


“Leader in the Law”, Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2019

“IAM Patent 1000 Recommended Individual,” Intellectual Asset Management,  2018

Client Alerts

    Media Coverage

    Featured, “Flood of Initiatives,” United States Patent and Trademark Office, January 2010


    Co-Author, “Global Patent Offices Increasingly Share the Work,” National Law Journal, December 2010

    Co-Author, “To Patent, Or Not To Patent,” Corp Magazine, February 2010

    Co-Author, “Kappos Introduces Several Initiatives During First Months,” National Law Journal, January 2010

    Co-Author, “The Provisional Priority Land Mine,” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, January 2004


     Presenter, “Drafting Winning Patents Workshop”, Patent Resources Group ® (PRG), April 2019


    J.D., University of Dayton

    B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Lowell


    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan  

    U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

    U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

    Michigan Supreme Court

    United States Patent and Trademark Office