Sangeeta G. Shah

Co-Chair Post Grant Proceedings & Chief Diversity Officer

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With over 20 years of experience, Sangeeta`s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling, with a special focus on post-grant challenges and patent opinions. She represents several Fortune 500 clients for whom she provides strategic counseling and guidance on their global...

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With over 20 years of experience, Sangeeta`s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling, with a special focus on post-grant challenges and patent opinions. She represents several Fortune 500 clients for whom she provides strategic counseling and guidance on their global intellectual property portfolios.

Sangeeta has handled numerous patent, trade secret, trademark and unfair competition cases involving parties in the chemical, software, automotive and metallurgical industries on such matters as injection molded polyethylene terephthalate bottles, polymer reinforcements, magnetic storage devices, emission testing equipment, touch controlled switching circuits, compression molded doors, chemical vapor deposition processes and cutting tools. She has also litigated design patent and copyright infringement cases in such diverse areas as architectural building designs, automotive parts and consumer products.

In view of the breadth of her experience in both prosecution and litigation matters, Sangeeta is the Co-Chair of Brooks Kushman`s Post Grant practice group. She leads teams to challenge and defend patents using the post-grant challenges available in the wake of the America Invents Act. She is at the forefront of this changing landscape and its implications and works closely with clients to take proactive steps to obtain competitive advantage from an adversarial and patent procurement standpoint. Sangeeta has been instrumental in building the Post Grant practice group at Brooks Kushman.

She is frequently called upon to counsel clients in developing best practices and strategic planning of their patent portfolios, including writing successful patent applications in complex and novel situations, in anticipation of possible future litigation. She works closely with clients from the earliest stages of their technical development, offering valuable advice about how to protect their inventions and new ideas in view of their business strategies. She advises clients on multi-faceted patent clearance, and adversarial matters and works with technical and legal teams to develop invalidity arguments and design around solutions to bolster her clients` positions.

Through her opinion and prosecution practice, Ms. Shah has extensive experience with chemical and mechanical technologies, in the areas of catalysts, food science, packaging, analytical instrumentation, dietary supplements, diagnostic kits, adhesives, plastics, therapeutics and metallurgy.

A growing component of Ms. Shah`s work revolves around India. She has represented U.S. companies going into India, and Indian companies doing business in the U.S. to help obtain and protect global intellectual property assets.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Shah is the Chief Diversity Officer for Brooks Kushman and as such serves on the management committee to help shape a culture of diversity and inclusiveness within the firm and extend the firm`s reach through pipeline initiatives and outreach efforts. Prior to this position, she also managed human resources for Brooks Kushman for over 10 years.

Ms. Shah has been recognized as one of the 2009 “Women Worth Watching,” a “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness and is a 2012 “Women in the Law” awardee. She has spoken at several business and legal conferences on a variety of intellectual property topics at the IP Leadership Forum, Global IP Convention, the Women Lawyer`s Association of Michigan, State of Bar Michigan, Intellectual Property Division, the Association of Press Photographers, the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin, and TiE.

Sangeeta's spare time is dedicated to community outreach. In 2012, she founded an early literacy initiative, Retooling Detroit, that assists hundreds of Detroit public school children each year—ensuring that their reading skills improve so that the cycle of illiteracy and poverty can be broken one child at a time.  She is also actively involved in the Isha Foundation and its global environmental, education and health initiatives which focus on the use of meditation as a transformative tool for change.

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Education

J.D., Wayne State University

B.A., Chemistry and Economics, Kalamazoo College, cum laude

JTEKT Corp. V. GKN Automotive Ltd. – Represented GKN Automotive Ltd. in an inter partes review proceeding filed by JTEK, challenging claims in a patent related to drivelines switchable between a four-wheel mode and a two-wheel mode. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board found JTEK failed to prove the obviousness of the claims and ruled the claims patentable. The Federal Circuit agreed and dismissed the appeal in a precedential opinion.

Ford Motor Company v. Paice LLC – Represented Ford during the pendency of the 22 inter partes review proceedings challenging the validity of hundreds of claims across five separate patents.  Managed proceedings through final written decision where the Patent Trial and Appeal Board held 273 patent claims were unpatentable.

American Bar Association

American Chemical Society

American Intellectual Property Law Association

ChIPs (“Chiefs in Intellectual Property”) –  Chicago Regional Chapter Founding Organizer

Intellectual Property Owner’s (IPO) Association – U.S. Post-Grant Patent Office Practice Committee

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)

Michigan Patent Law Association

State Bar of Michigan

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

“2018 ChIPs Honor Roll,” ChIPs (“Chiefs in Intellectual Property”), October 2018

“IAM Patent 1000 Recommended Individual,” Intellectual Asset Management, 2014 – 2018

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

Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2019

“Notable Women Lawyer in Michigan,” Crain’s Detroit Business, 2017

“Top Lawyer,” DBusiness Magazine, 2013

“Women of the Law,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2012

“Woman to Watch,” AIPLA Women in IP Law, 2016

  • Brooks Kushman Ranked In The 2019 Best Law Firms List; Nine Attorneys Ranked As Best Lawyer
    Monday, November 05, 2018

    Southfield, Mich.,- Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been ranked in the 2019 edition of U.S. News and World Report list of Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers. In Detroit, Brooks Kushman holds a tier one ranking in intellectual property litigation (IP), patent litigation, and patent law. The firm was also recognized...

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized by ChIPs and Diversity Lab With Honor Roll Award for Advances in Diversity and Inclusion
    Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is honored to be a recipient of the 2018 ChIPs Honor Roll Award for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  Recipients were selected based on a ground-breaking Inclusion Blueprint Survey, spearheaded by ChIPs and Diversity Lab, that measures gender diversity in law firm leadership...

  • Nine Brooks Kushman Attorneys Ranked As Best Lawyer; Two Attorneys Recognized as Lawyer of the Year
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is proud to announce that the firm has been ranked in the 2019 edition of U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers list of Best Lawyers. Brooks Kushman President Mark A. Cantor, and shareholders Frank A. Angileri, David Randall, Elizabeth F. Janda, John S. LeRoy, Thomas A....

  • Federal Circuit Decision Upholds Validity of GKN Automotive Patent
    Tuesday, August 07, 2018

    Brooks Kushman serves as legal counsel to uphold critical claims in GKN Automotive’s patent Auburn Hills, MI (August 6, 2018) – The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently dismissed JTEKT’s challenges of GKN Automotive Ltd.’s patent claims in US 8,215,440, upholding the novelty and non-obviousness findings for...

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized as Gold-Standard Firm By IAM Annual Patent 1000; Six Attorneys Recognized as Top Practioners
    Wednesday, June 06, 2018

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman, a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm, is proud to announce the firms inclusion in Intellectual Asset Management`s (IAM) annual Patent 1000, a guide that recognizes the world`s top patent law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. Michigan firms were first included in the IAM Patent 1000...

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized in the Top Tier of Each IP Rankings Category by Managing IP; Six Shareholders Named “IP Stars”
    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is proud to announce six of the firm’s shareholders have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (IP) Magazine. Brooks Kushman is also the only firm to be recognized in the top tier as “Highly Recommended” for each ranking: Patent Contentious, Patent Prosecution, and Trademarks. The comprehensive guide...

  • Brooks Kushman Chief Diversity Officer Helps Spearhead ChIPs Chicago Chapter
    Friday, January 12, 2018

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., - Brooks Kushman Shareholder and Chief Diversity Officer Sangeeta Shah is one of four founding organizers of the newly formed Chicago Regional Chapter of Chiefs in Intellectual Property (ChIPs), a non-profit organization that is focused on advancing and connecting women in technology, law and policy. The purpose of the...

  • Brooks Kushman’s Chief Diversity Officer Named a Notable Women Lawyer by Crain’s Detroit Business
    Monday, December 11, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce Sangeeta Shah has been recognized as a Notable Women Lawyer in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business. This award honors female lawyers who are not only leaders in their workplace and the legal industry, but in their community. Shah serves as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer...

  • Brooks Kushman Ranked In The 2018 Best Law Firms List; Nine Attorneys Ranked As Best Lawyer
    Friday, November 03, 2017

    Southfield, Mich.,- Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been ranked in the 2018 edition of U.S. News and World Report-Best Lawyers list of Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers. In Michigan, Brooks Kushman holds a tier one ranking in IP litigation, patent litigation, patent law and trademark law...

  • Nine Brooks Kushman Attorneys Ranked as 2018 Best Lawyers
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich.,- We are proud to announce that nine Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized by there peers as 2018 Best Lawyers in America ®. Those included are: Mark Cantor(President) – IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, and Trademark law Frank Angileri(Shareholder; Co-Chair Post-Grant Proceedings) – IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, and...

  • Gold in IAM Annual Patent 1000
    Monday, June 12, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman, a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices across the nation, is proud to announce the firms inclusion in Intellectual Asset Management`s (IAM) annual Patent 1000, a guide that recognizes the world`s top patent law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. The 2014...

  • Six Shareholders Named “IP Stars” By Managing IP
    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is happy to announce six of the firm’s shareholders have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (IP) Magazine. This comprehensive guide lists leading IP firms and lawyers, and covers more than 80 countries. Brooks Kushman attorneys recognized as IP Stars by the publication are President Mark Cantor and Shareholders Frank...

  • 10th Anniversary AIPLA Women In IP Networking Event
    Monday, April 24, 2017

      SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – To support and foster the growth of women in the intellectual property (IP) field, Brooks Kushman is hosting the American Intellectual Property Law Association`s (AIPLA) 2017 Women in IP Global Networking Event for Southeast Michigan. This marks the sixth year that Brooks Kushman has hosted the event. The event will take...

  • Brooks Kushman Named a Diversity Focused Company by Corp! Magazine
    Monday, October 31, 2016

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce the firm has been recognized as a Diversity Focused Company winner by Corp! Magazine for the second consecutive year. The firm was presented at the 2016 Michigan Salute to Diversity Awards. The Salute to Diversity Awards honor businesses and business leaders who...

  • Sangeeta Shah Named AIPLA’s 2016 Woman to Watch
    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman shareholder Sangeeta G. Shah has been named a 2016 Woman to Watch by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)’s Women in IP Law Committee. Shah was chosen amongst over a dozen other submissions on behalf of leading female attorneys across the nation. She was honored for...

  • Brooks Kushman partners with Girl Scouts to Promote Diversity in STEM Education
    Monday, June 20, 2016

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – In partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan, Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Brooks Kushman was able to distribute over 160 IP Patches throughout southeast Michigan during the 2015/2016 Girl Scouts calendar year. The IP Patch was created...

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized as Gold-Standard Firm in Patent 1000 Listing for Third Consecutive Year
    Monday, June 06, 2016

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – For the third consecutive year, Brooks Kushman has been listed as a gold-standard patent firm in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual Patent 1000 guide. The Patent 1000 recognizes the world’s top patent law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. Of six Michigan firms listed in the directory,...

  • Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing IP
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce six of the firm’s shareholders have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (IP) Magazine. This comprehensive guide to leading IP firms and lawyers covers more than 80 countries. Brooks Kushman attorneys recognized as IP Stars by the publication are President...

  • Brooks Kushman Named One of Corp! Magazine’s Diversity Focused Companies
    Tuesday, September 08, 2015

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce the firm has been named a Diversity Focused Company winner for Corp! Magazine’s 2015 Michigan Salute to Diversity Awards. The Salute to Diversity Awards honor businesses and business leaders who have displayed significant achievements in diversity within their organization or in the...

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized as Michigan's only Gold-Standard Firm in Patent 1000 Listing
    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – For the second consecutive year, Brooks Kushman has been listed as a gold-standard patent firm in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual Patent 1000 guide. The Patent 1000 recognizes the world’s top patent law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. Of five Michigan firms listed in the directory,...

  • Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing IP
    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce five of the firm’s shareholders have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine. This comprehensive guide to leading intellectual property (IP) firms and lawyers covers more than 80 countries. Brooks Kushman attorneys recognized as IP Stars by the publication are...

  • Brooks Kushman to host AIPLA Women in IP Networking Event
    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – To support and foster the growth of women in the intellectual property (IP) field, Brooks Kushman is hosting the American Intellectual Property Law Association`s (AIPLA) “2014 Cross-Country Women in IP Networking Event” for the Detroit region. This marks the third year that Brooks Kushman has hosted the event,...

  • Brooks Kushman Shareholder to Serve as Panelist at the Centerforce IP Strategy Summit
    Wednesday, May 07, 2014

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder, Sangeeta G. Shah, will serve on a panel at the Centerforce IP Strategy Summit in Chicago on May 13, 2014. The panel will focus on the intricacies of post-grant proceedings and its use as a powerful tool in patent litigation strategy. Shah and the other...

  • Brooks Kushman`s Shah Discusses Inter Partes Review as a Strategic Tool
    Monday, January 06, 2014

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Sangeeta Gandhi Shah, Shareholder and Chief Diversity Officer at Brooks Kushman, will present at the IP Leadership Forum 2014 in New Delhi, India, on January 8, 2014. The IP Leadership Forum will focus on the theme of “IP Challenges in Today`s Turbulent Environment.” The forum brings together entrepreneurs...

  • Brooks Kushman to Host Women in IP Law Networking Event at The Rattlesnake Club in Detroit
    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Local event is part of AIPLA`s nationwide women in IP law networking event spanning 31 cities  SOUTHFIELD, Mich., – To support and foster the growth of women in the intellectual property (IP) field, Brooks Kushman P.C., the largest IP firm in Michigan, is hosting the American Intellectual Property Law Association`s (AIPLA)...

  • Brooks Kushman's Shah to Present at Largest IP Conference in Asia-Pacific Region
    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Southfield, Mich. – Sangeeta Gandhi Shah, shareholder at Brooks Kushman`s Detroit office, is speaking at the 5th Annual Global IP Conference in Bangalore, India on Thursday, Jan. 24th. The largest IP conference in the Asia-Pacific region, the 2013 Global IP Conference will focus on the theme of “IPR: The Powerhouse...

  • Brooks Kushman Shareholder Sangeeta Shah Featured In Detroit Legal News
    Thursday, December 06, 2012

    Southfield, Mich. - Sangeeta G. Shah, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman, P.C., was featured in a recent article published in Detroit Legal News.  “ELEMENT-ary: Chemist finds just the right legal balance,” published on December 4th and written by Paul Janczewski. The article is accessible online http://www.legalnews.com/motion/article.php?article_id=225 Here is...

  • Brooks Kushman Shareholder Sangeeta Shah Featured Among Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2012 “Women in the Law”
    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Southfield, Mich. – Sangeeta Gandhi Shah, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman, P.C., was featured as one of twenty “Women in the Law” honorees for 2012 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Sangeeta was chosen as an honoree by the editors of Michigan Lawyers Weekly from countless other submissions...

  • Twelve Brooks Kushman Attorneys Selected as DBusiness “Top Lawyers” for 2013
    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Southfield, Mich., October 16, 2012 – Intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman P.C. is proud to announce that 12 of the firm`s attorneys have been recognized as “2013 Top Lawyers” by DBusiness magazine. The annual list honors the top attorneys in the metro Detroit area in various areas of practice....

  • Intellectual Property Law Firm Brooks Kushman Appoints Sangeeta Gandhi Shah as Chief Diversity Officer
    Thursday, September 06, 2012

    Chief Diversity Officer for the Firm to Further Commitment to Diversity and Community Southfield, Mich. – September 6, 2012 – Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce that Sangeeta Gandhi Shah has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer of the intellectual property law firm. A Shareholder at the firm for 13 years...

  • Women Helping Women
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009

    Oakland County Legal News On Thursday, April 30th, Brooks Kushman hosted its inaugural "Women Helping Women" networking event at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale to aid the endeavors of two local charities: Jackets for Job and Simon House. The event not only supported women-owned businesses (it was held at a...

  • Brooks Kushman's Sangeeta Shah Named to Profiles in Diversity Journal's "Women Worth Watching" Feature
    Thursday, October 09, 2008

    Brooks Kushman Shareholder, Sangeeta Shah was recently recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as one of its “Women Worth Watching in 2009,” a feature that celebrates the achievements and personalities of leading women executives. Sangeeta was honored as a woman of purpose who represents diversity within her sphere of influence.

      • SAS And Oil States: How New Supreme Court Rulings Will Change Post-Grant Strategy
        Tuesday, May 01, 2018

        The Supreme Court’s recent decisions in SAS and Oil States mark a milestone in the evolution of AIA post grant proceedings. Although the Court affirmed the constitutionality of USPTO administrative review of issued patents, the Court also signaled that AIA trial procedures must adhere closely to the statutory framework. As...

        Featured, “IP Cases To Watch At The Supreme Court,” Law360, September 2017

        Featured, “Addressing ‘the classic pipeline issue,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, March 2017

        Featured, “4 Times Patent Owners May Want Adverse Judgment At PTAB,” Law360, November 2016

        Featured, “How To Prepare Patents That Can Survive AIA Reviews,” Law360, November 2016

        Featured, “Eyes On High Court As Fed. Circ. Again Limits AIA Appeals,” Law360, February 2016

        Featured, “Ford wins PTAB challenge over hybrid vehicle tech,” Law360, November 2015

        Featured, “5 AIA appeals to watch at the Federal Circuit,” Law360, July 2015

        Featured, “2014 Patent 1000,” Intellectual Asset Management, June 2014

        Featured, “Asked & Answered: Sangeeta Shah on America Invents Act,” Detroit Legal News, April 2014

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

        Featured, “ELEMENT-ary: Chemist finds just the right legal balance,” Detroit Legal News, December 2012

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

        Co-Author, “Outsourcing Manufacturing and the Pre-AIA On-Sale Bar,” January 2014

        Panelist, “Tips to Advancing Diversity & Inclusion Within Your Organization,” ChIPs (“Chiefs in Intellectual Property”), September 2018

        Panelist, “IAM Boardroom: PTAB,” Intellectual Asset Management, Chicago, IL, May 2018

        Master Class Panelist, “Tackling The Changing Patent Landscape in The U.S.– A  Proactive Guide to Enforcement/Defensive Measures To Succeed,” Best Practices in Intellectual Property, March 2018

        Panelist, “Precedential and informative decisions designated by PTAB,” Managing Intellectual Property, March 2017

        Panelist, “PTAB/IPR Strategies 2017” ICLE Intellectual Property Law Spring Seminar 2017, March 2017

        Panel Speaker, “Post-Issuance Proceedings: The Role in your IP,” Centerforce Chicago IP Strategy Summit, May 2014, 2015 & 2016

        Panel Speaker, “Innovative Michigan Investment Panel,” Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, November 2014 & 2015

        Speaker, “Post-grant Proceedings in the US,” Managing Intellectual Property Women’s Leadership Forum, June 2014

        Speaker, “Inter Partes Review: Offensive and Defensive Strategies,” IP Leadership Forum, January 2014

        Speaker, “Emerging Strategies for Protecting Global IP rights – from a client counseling/litigation perspective,” Global IP Convention, January 2013

        Speaker, “Patent Basics in the context of a product life cycle,” ASEI National Convention, October 2012