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Jeffrey M. Szuma

Electrical & Software Patent Prosecution, Post-Grant Proceedings, Patent Portfolio Management, & Opinions


(248) 226-2746

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  • Automotive
  • Electrical & Computer Technology
Jeffrey Szuma is a registered patent attorney who specializes in patent prosecution and investigations, as well as post-grant proceedings including reexaminations and Inter Partes reviews. He has also been involved in both trial and appellate level patent litigation. Jeff received his M.S. degree in information systems & technology (computer information systems) and his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. He has three decades of experience as a patent attorney with Brooks Kushman, and during that time has helped to build the firm’s nationally recognized practice. Jeff has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications, investigating patent infringement and validity issues, and handling post-grant proceedings relating to a wide variety of computer and electrical technologies such as data storage and management systems, microprocessors, network services, data encryption, wireless communication, transducers, VoIP, interactive media services, and digital content delivery. He also has extensive experience with automotive related technologies for OEM and Tier I clients, including electrical subsystem control, information and entertainment systems, electrical connectors, battery monitoring, wireless communication systems such as tire pressure monitoring and remote entry systems, electric and hybrid vehicle subsystems, and autonomous vehicle systems. He also served for two years at Lear Corporation, a Tier I automotive supplier, as acting Division Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel for their Electronic Systems Division. In that capacity, he assisted in the operation and management of Lear's IP department and had a diverse array of responsibilities, including counseling management on strategic patent procurement, investigation, litigation, and budget matters. Jeff is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Law section of the State Bar of Michigan, and the Intellectual Property group of the Federalist Society. He is a past President of the Detroit Catholic Central High School Dads' Club and is active at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, Michigan.


J.D., Wayne State University, Cum Laude

M.S., Information Systems & Technology (Computer Information Systems),
University of Michigan, With High Distinction

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, With Class Honors

Organizations & Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Owner’s Association(IPO)


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


  • Automotive
  • Electrical & Computer Technology


Co-Author, “To Patent, Or Not to Patent,” Corp Magazine, February 2010


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