Patent Prosecution

With a deep bench of patent practitioners experienced in a broad range of technical disciplines, many of whom have years of practical engineering experience, Brooks Kushman is recognized regularly as one of the nation’s leading patent law firms.

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11K+

Patent applications filed last 5 years

0.2

Average yearly RCE

1.5

Average yearly office actions

Patent prosecution was at the core of our founding in 1983 and remains a cornerstone of our firm. Our attorneys have the technical degrees to talk your talk, and the business savvy to walk your walk.

We have worked diligently to become a national leader in the legal industry. With our focus on recruiting top talent, creating a positive company culture, and continuing education, we have been able to grow a highly-educated, dynamic team of patent attorneys that remains focused on our clients’ business objectives.

"Agility is a key trait that keeps Brooks Kushman ahead of its competitors in Michigan by some distance.” – IAM Patent 1000

40+

full time patent prosecution attorneys

42%

patent attorneys with advanced degrees

65%

patent attorneys with engineering experience

Today, Brooks Kushman is regularly recognized for our high level of excellence by leading industry organizations and is ranked among the top patent firms in the United States in terms of patent filings.

Our patent practitioners remain at the forefront of best practices and produce high-quality patents through our Analytics-Backed Prosecution program. As a result of our dedication to regularly investing in technology solutions to streamline our practice, clients receive services focused on quality, cost-effectiveness, responsiveness, and collaboration.

We recognize that U.S. patents are essential business assets. They must be able to withstand validity challenges in post-grant proceedings, as well as validity challenges and non-infringement defenses in litigation. Many of our patent attorneys’ practices include post-grant and litigation experience which allows us to obtain patents that are enforceable while maximizing our clients’ rights.

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A Global Solution

When global intellectual property rights are at issue, Brooks Kushman is ready with a solution for clients based in both the U.S. and abroad. We have extensive experience managing patent portfolios for entities around the globe. In fact, almost half of the patents we file each year arise from foreign priority claims.

5-Year Average of Filings

53%

Domestic filings

47%

Foreign priority

Our foreign filing department follows the constantly changing laws in each country to help clients maximize their rights around the world.

We work closely with our clients’ engineers and business managers to determine which of their technologies require protection to provide a well-coordinated and comprehensive global prosecution strategy that maximizes patent protection and minimizes costs associated with foreign filing and prosecution. Our priority is to help our clients develop a valuable global patent portfolio in an effective and cost-efficient manner, while reducing the risk of complications in any U.S. litigation.

Awards and Recognition

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Brooks Kushman Welcomes Four New Associates, Expands Trademark, Patent Prosecution and Litigation Practice

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Brooks Kushman Announces Newest Shareholder Isheeta Patel Laxmanan

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Brooks Kushman Recognized as Gold-Standard Firm By 2022 IAM Annual Patent 1000 For The Ninth year In A Row; Eight Attorneys Recognized as Top Practitioners

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Brooks Kushman Recognized by Managing IP as a Highly Recommended Firm In Patent Law

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William Abbatt

Patent Prosecution & Patent Litigation

Michigan

Robert Berliner

Patent Prosecution

California

James Bertino

Mechanical/Electromechanical Patent Prosecution

Michigan

David Bir

Patent Prosecution & Post Grant Proceedings

California

Erin Bowles

Patent Prosecution & Post-Grant Proceedings

Michigan

Michael Brodbine

Executive Committee Member | Co-Chair Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Jason Burnette

Patent Prosecution & Litigation

Michigan

William Conger

Chemical Patent Prosecution & Post Grant Proceedings

Michigan

Francesca Cusumano

Intellectual Property Litigation

Michigan

Tiffany Fidler, Ph.D.

Co-Chair Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Danyal Haider

Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Clinton Hallman

Patent Prosecution & Counseling | IP Litigation

Kevin Heinl

Patent Prosecution, Patent Portfolio Management, & Patentability Opinions

Michigan

Stanley Hill

Chemical & Electronic Patent Prosecution

Matthew Jakubowski

Executive Committee Member | Co-Chair Cybersecurity | Patent Prosecution | Patent Litigation | IP Licensing

Michigan

James Kallis

Electrical, Software, & Mechanical Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Kyle Konz

Mechanical/Electromechanical Patent Prosecution

Michigan

James A. Kushman

Chairman & CEO Emeritus | U.S. and Foreign Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Marc Lorelli

Co-Chair Litigation

Michigan

Stephanie Mansfield, Ph.D.

Biomedical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Alena Vackova Marconi

Chemical Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Fanqi Meng

Electrical & Software Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Matthew Mietzel

Mechanical & Electrical Patent Prosecution & Licensing

Michigan

Yasmeen Moradshahi

Technical Specialist

Michigan

Corey Neil

Mechanical/Electromechanical Patent Prosecution

Michigan

John Nemazi

Co-Chair Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Isheeta Patel Laxmanan

Chemical & Materials Patent Prosecution | Opinions

Michigan

James Proscia, Ph.D.

Chemistry, Electrical, & Biotechnology Patent Prosecution

Nevada

Reza Roghani Esfahani

IP Litigation

Michigan

John Rondini

Co-Chair Cybersecurity | Patent Litigation | Post-Grant Proceedings

Michigan

Thomas A. Runk

Electrical & Software Patent Prosecution

California

Sangeeta Shah

Chief Executive Officer

Michigan

Isaac Slutsky

Electrical/Software Patent Prosecution & Open Source Software Compliance

Michigan

Rachel Smith

Electrical/Software Patent Prosecution & Open Source Software Compliance

Michigan

Marla M. Spain, Ph.D.

Life Sciences Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Benjamin C. Stasa

Electrical, Computer, & Software Patent Prosecution

California

Mark Stuenkel

Mechanical/Electromechanical Patent Prosecution, Patent Portfolio Management, & Opinions

Michigan

Martin Sultana

Electrical & Software Patent Preparation/Prosecution, Patent Portfolio Management, & Technical Design Consulting

Michigan

David Syrowik

Electrical & Software Patent Prosecution & Patentability Opinions

Michigan

Jeffrey Szuma

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

Michigan

William Thomson

Patent Litigation

California

Bernard Tomsa

Software/Hardware Patent Prosecution & Patent Analytics

Michigan & Washington, D.C.

Michael Turner

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

Michigan

Andrew Turner

Co-Chair Post-Grant Proceedings

Michigan

Dustin Zak

Patent Prosecution

Michigan