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

Dynamic Patent Attorney Team: Legal Expertise, Technical Proficiency

Patent prosecution has been a core practice at Brooks Kushman since we were founded in 1983. We’ve worked to become a national leader in the field of patent law, building a team of highly educated and dynamic patent lawyers who have the legal expertise, technical degrees, and business savvy necessary to understand your company’s needs inside and out. Today, we are regularly recognized for our high level of excellence by leading industry organizations and are ranked among the top patent firms in the United States in terms of patent filings.

"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

Streamlining Patent Practice: Tech-Backed Excellence with Patent Lawyers

Our patent lawyers produce high quality patents through our analytics-backed prosecution program. By investing in tech-driven solutions to streamline our patent practice, we’re able to deliver superlative, cost-effective services built around responsiveness and collaboration.

Post-Grant Proceedings & Litigation

U.S. patents need to stand up to validity challenges in post-grant proceedings and to 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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Patent Protection on a Global Scale

Brooks Kushman has extensive experience with managing patent portfolios for clients both in the United States and abroad. We stay on top of constantly evolving intellectual property laws in countries throughout the world so that we can help our clients maximize their rights throughout the globe. Every year, a significant amount of the patents filed by our lawyers arise from foreign priority claims.

5-Year Average of Filings

53%

Domestic filings

47%

Foreign priority

Cost-Efficiency in Patent Prosecution: Our Attorney-led Strategies

Helping our clients build a valuable global patent portfolio in an effective and cost-efficient manner, while reducing the risk of complications in any U.S. litigation is a key priority for us. 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.  

Awards and Recognition

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Brooks Kushman Welcomes Attorney Abha Fadipe

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Brooks Kushman Attorneys Ben Stasa and Erin Bowles to Present for the Federal Bar Association

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USPTO Transitions to eGrants from Paper Patents

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Brooks Kushman Attorney Isheeta Patel Laxmanan Named 2023 Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

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Brooks Kushman Announces Michael Turner Elected to Serve as Co-Chair of Prosecution

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Brooks Kushman Welcomes Reid Baldwin, Ph.D.

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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

Reid A. Baldwin, Ph.D.

Patent Prosecution

Michigan

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

Abha Fadipe

Electrical/Software Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Tiffany Fidler, Ph.D.

Co-Chair Patent Prosecution

Michigan

Kevin Heinl

Patent Prosecution, Patent Portfolio Management, & Patentability Opinions

Michigan

Matthew Jakubowski

Executive Committee Member | Patent Prosecution | Patent Litigation | IP Agreement Drafting and Negotiation

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

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

Muhammad Siwani

Patent Prosecution

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, Ph.D. Candidate

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.

Andrew Turner

Electrical & Mechanical Patent Prosecution, Opinions, & Co-Chair Post-Grant Proceedings

Michigan

Michael Turner

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

Michigan

Dustin Zak

Patent Prosecution

Michigan