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...
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.
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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
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
Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce the election of Benjamin C. Stasa and Michael D. Turner as shareholders of the firm. “Ben and Michael are great additions to our team of shareholders at the firm,” said Mark Cantor, President of Brooks Kushman. “They are experienced intellectual property attorneys...
"High-Tech Streetlights Debut in Farmington Hills"Crain's Detroit BusinessOctober 31, 2011 – Brooks Kushman client, Illuminating Concepts, Inc. was featured in the October 31, 2011 issue of Crain's Detroit Business for the unveiling of Intellistreets®, the high-tech streetlighting system. The city of Farmington Hills is the first to use Intellistreets®, which...
The Fab Five: Five Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2010 Super Lawyers List; Two Attorneys Honored as Rising Stars
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 22, 2010 – Five Brooks Kushman lawyers have been named to the 2010 Michigan Super Lawyers list, tying another local law firm for the most lawyers represented in the two intellectual property (IP) categories. The annual Super Lawyers listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice...
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
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