Michael D. Turner

Mechanical, Electromechanical & Design Patent Prosecution, Opinions, & Post-Grant Proceedings

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A primary focus of Michael Turner's practice is domestic and foreign patent prosecution for mechanical matters, electromechanical matters, systems, business methods, and designs. Michael has a sound understanding of various technologies, which he utilizes to protect his client`s intellectual property rights. His industry background in robotics and automation provides him with experience in various technologies and manufacturing processes. Michael counsels clients on procedures for filing domestic patent applications that meet the varying requirements for both domestic and international protection, particularly addressing the various international nuances associated with design patents. This counseling includes generating procedures for efficient collection of invention and design disclosures to streamline internal processes.

Michael’s experience includes preparing, prosecuting, and managing international patent and industrial design portfolios. This experience includes developing strategies for obtaining strong patent protection in many countries. Due to his experience and understanding of the laws and procedures of many commercially significant countries, Michael efficiently seeks broad and consistent international protection.

Michael is actively involved in post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Michael represents clients in Inter Partes Review proceedings, and reexaminations. Such involvement includes coordinating strategies across post-grant proceedings, co-pending litigation, product engineering, licensing, and patent prosecution. Michael is active in appellate practice and oral advocacy before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

One of Michael’s strengths involves analyzing complex legal and technical issues for client counseling and preparation of legal opinions. This ability enables him to assist clients to bring a product to market by guiding their design through the patent portfolios of competitors. This also enables him to protect the core technologies of a client. He is often assigned to protect such technologies where licensing and/or enforcement are necessary; and the strongest protection is required. Consequently, Michael is active in litigation, coordinating efforts between the protection and enforcement of technologies.

Michael is very active in the Brooks Kushman mentor program.  He typically mentors the development of new hires, including lawyers, agents, and clerks.  Michael feels this experience helps build the firm, helps build strong teams for clients, and also helps him explain complex matters to clients, patent examiners, and others.

In his spare time, Michael coaches youth baseball and basketball. He and his son also love to go camping and boating together.

Organizations and Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

Federal Bar Association

Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association – Industrial Design Committee

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Society of Automotive Engineers


“Rising Star,” Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2010

Media Coverage

Featured, “Ways to Minimize the Risk of Post-Grant Challenges,” Law360, January 2014

Featured, “High-Tech Streetlights Debut in Farmington Hills,” Crain’s Detroit Business, October 2011

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


Co-Author, “Practical Considerations For ‘Article Of Manufacture’ In Design Patent Law After Curver Luxembourg, SARL V. Home Expressions Inc.,” September 2019

Author, “What We’ve Learned from the 1st Year of 1st-To-File,” March 2014

Co-Author, “Ways to Minimize the Risk of Post-Grant Challenges,” January 2014

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

Author, “Senior Thesis, Kettering University, pass with distinction,” June 2000


Speaker, “Automotive Industrial Designs: The Intersection of Patents and Trademarks,” Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) Fall Symposium, November 2019


J.D., Wayne State University Law School

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Management Minor, GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University), Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honor Society