Michael D. Cushion

Electrical & Software Patent Prosecution

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Michael specializes in U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution in the electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical arts. In addition to patent preparation and prosecution, Michael`s services include providing patentability, infringement, validity and freedom to practice opinions.  Michael also provides product design-around solutions to potential infringement issues and assists in patent litigation matters.

Michael`s experience spans across a wide range of industries and technologies. He has worked with clients in the automotive, medical device, consumer electronics, computer software, and robotics industries. He has experience counseling clients from large, Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups.

Michael is also involved with the firm`s Post-Grant Proceedings practice group where he specializes in administrative patent trial proceedings created under the America Invents Act (AIA).  Michael utilizes his mix of patent prosecution and litigation experience to help clients challenge or defend patents before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Michael`s practice is aimed at achieving economically efficient results.  Accordingly, he believes in interacting closely with clients on a project from start to finish and well beyond.  Indeed, Michael serves as a main contact for several clients, both large and small, on general legal and portfolio management matters.

Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Michael was an engineer in the automotive industry.  During this time, Michael obtained much of his technical experience as a product engineer designing, developing, and managing programs in the electrical and electromechanical fields.  Michael`s experience ranged from advanced product development to new product launches to overseeing current production programs.  In fact, Michael could often be found on the manufacturing floor “getting [his] hands dirty” while solving problems, fixing testing equipment, or simply working closely alongside production staff.  His involvement extended far beyond design and manufacturing, successfully cultivating close working relationships with customers.

Organizations and Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

Federal Bar Association

American Bar Association (ABA)

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)

Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Media Coverage

Featured, “United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Ushers in Change,” The National Law Journal, January 2010


Co-Author, “PTAB Remains Consistent from Institution to Final Decision in First Group of IPRs Decided Together, Offering Important Lessons for Practitioners,” Inter Parts Review, March 2014


J.D., Wayne State University Law School

B.S., Electrical Engineering, GMI Engineering & Management Institute (now Kettering University), cum laude, Eta Kappu Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society