Robert C.J. Tuttle

Patent, Trade Secret, Trademark Litigation & Post-Grant Proceedings

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Bob Tuttle is Of Counsel at the firm and is known for his razor-sharp legal mind, his close relationships with clients and the business community, and his near-photographic memory. These traits make him one of the firm's key litigators.

In conducting litigation, Bob makes it his priority to carefully understand the dispute and his client's business objectives, and to determine how to achieve those objectives in the most efficient manner. His familiarity and facility with the applicable case law, statutes, rules, and regulations allow him to devise highly creative strategies to meet clients' goals.

Bob also believes in the importance of close client involvement in litigation. He is in very frequent contact with clients, to keep them apprised of the progress of their matters and invite them to participate in strategy and decision-making.

Before joining Brooks Kushman in 1984, Bob was patent and trademark counsel for the former American Motors Corporation. Having worked as in-house counsel gives Bob an inside track on how corporate clients operate, what corporations need, and how best to satisfy them.

Bob has also built up and maintained a wide variety of working relationships with people in the Detroit automotive industry. These relationships can often be brought into play to benefit firm clients when a dispute arises within this sector.

Outside of work, Robert is a sports enthusiast and enjoys bicycling for exercise.

Representative Matters

I.E.E. International Electronics & Engineering, S.A. and IEE Sensing, Inc.  v. TK Holdings Inc. and Takata-Petri A.G., Case No. 10-cv-13487 (E.D. Michigan 2015) – Successfully defended IEE companies in patent infringement suit relating to capacitive occupant sensors. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement of four patents asserted against IEE. Case concluded in a favorable settlement for our client in the amount of $1.1 Million.

Organizations and Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property Law Section (former chair)

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (president 1985-1986)


“Leading Lawyers,” Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2019

“IP Star,” Managing Intellectual Property, 2013 – 2018

“Michigan Litigator of the Year,” Managing Intellectual Property, 2013

Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2008-2009, 2014-2020

“Top Lawyer,” DBusiness Magazine, 2017

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    J.D., Wayne State University

    B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan