Michael S. Brodbine

Executive Committee Member | Co-Chair Patent Prosecution

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Mike Brodbine is an Executive Committee member and serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Patent Prosecution Group.  He has over 20 years of experience working with global corporations on the management of patent portfolios. He 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 understands the importance of effective intellectual property strategy in today’s highly-competitive business environment. He helps clients develop effective IP strategies to secure and maintain patent right for their businesses to plan and move ahead. 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.

Taking the charge on prosecution, Michael Brodbine is a patent superstar. He cleverly utilizes patent analytics to help clients strategically evaluate their portfolios. - IAM Patent 1000

Mike also 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 thousands of U.S. and foreign patent applications on a variety of technologies including aerospace, display panel technology, chemical coatings, plastic packaging, PET bottling, catalysts, fabric treatment, building products, automotive interior and body components, and vehicle safety systems.

 Ongoing dialog with clients is very important to Mike. He takes a proactive approach to ensure 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.

Mike is a strong advocate for continuing legal education. He leads the firm’s claim drafting class that trains Brooks Kushman patent attorneys at all levels. In addition to his internal efforts, he is also is an instructor for the Patent Resources Group patent workshops. The program is targeted toward those that have less than three years’ experience in drafting patent applications. The course is valuable for private or corporate practitioners with some patent experience who desire to polish their patent drafting skills.  Mike is also an adjunct professor at a local law school.

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, 2018-2021

Press Releases

    Media Coverage

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


    Co-Author, “The USPTO Recently Published a Final Rule on Fee Changes for Fiscal Year 2020,” Client Alert, September 2020

    Co-Author, “Federal Circuit Confirms Dynamic Drinkware Analysis For Provisional Applications As Prior Art,” BK Blog, June 2020

    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), August 2019 

    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