From suppliers to OEMs, the automotive industry is one of the largest sources of intellectual property. Brooks Kushman is headquartered in metro Detroit, in the heart of the automotive industry and surrounded by the research and development operations of global automakers and suppliers.

Our attorneys have experience working with some of the world’s largest automakers and companies at all levels of the supply chain as in-house counsel, engineers and outside counsel. With a number of attorneys holding technical degrees in engineering, we understand automotive innovations and are prepared to help you develop an intellectual property strategy to ensure your intellectual property is protected.

There are a number of considerations and precautions to take when developing and implementing new automotive technologies. Our attorneys are able to provide a full array of intellectual property services to automotive companies such as:

  • IP Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Secrets
  • Patent Searching and Filing
  • Open Source Software Management
  • Technical Design Consulting

Intellectual property protection plays a key role in developing and maintaining a competitive advantage in the automotive industry. Our attorneys have a sole focus on IP law, and are prepared to join in your effort to take your innovations to the next stage.


  • Brooks Kushman Continues to Grow with Addition of New Shareholder Dan Hegner
    Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce the addition of Daniel Hegner to our growing patent prosecution team. Hegner joins the firm as a shareholder and works out of the firm’s Southfield, MI office and bolsters our firm’s bench of experienced electrical engineers. The announcement was made by...

  • Brooks Kushman Attorney Recognized for Leadership Among IEEE SEM Women in Engineering
    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) of Southeastern Michigan has recognized attorney Irina Sullivan for “key contributions to IEEE SEM Women in Engineering and outstanding leadership in the 2018 spring conference organization”. Sullivan was recognized on May 5, 2018 at the Spring...

  • Brooks Kushman Attorney Named to Roles in Two Committees Advancing Interests of Women in Engineering Profession
    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman attorney Irina Sullivan has been elected to serve as secretary for the Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Southeastern Michigan. Sullivan was also elected as the networking chair with the Detroit section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In...

  • Tiye Greene Expands Trademark Practice
    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD Mich.—Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce Tiye Greene has joined the firm, adding depth to the firm’s trademark practice. Greene will practice out of the firm’s Southfield, MI office, but will collaborate with Brooks Kushman attorneys to create successful strategies for clients throughout the world. In her role, Greene will...

  • Brooks Kushman Further Expands Los Angeles Office; Hires Sean Casey As Shareholder
    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    LOS ANGELES, CA – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce the addition of Shareholder Sean Casey to the firm’s Los Angeles office. The move further expands the firm’s presence in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area. Casey brings over 20 years of experience to the firm’s Los Angeles office....

    • SEP Panel from Brooks Kushman's Co-Hosted IAM Auto IP Event Featured in IAM Article
      Monday, October 05, 2020

      SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – In an October 1, 2020 article by IAM Magazine, the recent IAM Auto IP event co-hosted by Brooks Kushman was discussed, with specific focus given to the controversial discussion over standard essential patents (SEPs) and the ongoing challenges facing OEMs. As mentioned in the article, “The general takeaway...

    • Brooks Kushman Associate Corey Neil Quoted on Drastic Industry Changes in Patent Strategies for Driverless Cars in a Managing IP Article
      Tuesday, December 03, 2019

      SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman associate Corey Neil was featured in a Managing IP article from their Patent Strategy section on November 21, 2019 in an article titled, “Tech Convergence Drives Auto to Burn Up Old Strategies” In this article, industry leaders discuss how new dynamics in the market for driverless cars are prompting car...

    • Federal Circuit Court Upholding Brooks Kushman Client Defense of Design Patents
      Wednesday, September 18, 2019

      SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholders Marc Lorelli and Frank Angileri were featured in a Law360 September 13, 2019 article “Fed.Circ. Won’t Rethink Upholding Ford F-150 Design Patents” for the defense of the Automotive Body Parts Association v. Ford Global Technologies LLC, case number 18-1613, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

    • Brooks Kushman Shareholder Says Auto Makers Likely Won’t Battle One Another Like the “Smartphone Wars”
      Monday, February 11, 2019

      SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder John LeRoy was quoted in a Law360 February 7, 2019 article, “The Next Big Patent War? It Likely Won't Be In Detroit.” The article discusses whether the auto industry will follow the example of smartphone companies, engaging automakers in patent battles over emerging technologies like self-driving and connected cars. The number of...

    • John LeRoy Quoted in IAM Article on Recent Speaking Engagement at IP Auto USA Event
      Monday, May 21, 2018

      SOUTHFIELD, MI – Brooks Kushman Shareholder John LeRoy was featured in IAM's May 11, 2018 article, "Communications woes, payment problems, German injunctions and more from IAM's IP Auto USA event." The article focuses on IAM's recent conference that brought together senior figures, including those from OEMs, companies throughout the supply...

    • John LeRoy Featured in Crain’s Detroit Business
      Wednesday, July 26, 2017

      Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder John LeRoy was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’ July 23, 2017 article, “Automakers need to be ready when licensors come knocking.” The article focuses on the recent development of connected technologies in the automotive industry, such as cellular, WiFi, and the tens of thousands of purportedly “standard essential” patents...

    • Brooks Kushman Shareholder Quoted in Crain's Detroit Business
      Monday, November 14, 2016

      Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder and Chair of Open Source Compliance was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’ November 11, 2016 “2016 Eureka Index: Breaking with traditional technologies.” In the article, LeRoy discusses how automakers and suppliers are quickly innovating and racing to file patents for autonomous vehicles and device integration. "The OEMs, non-OEMs, Apple, Android and others...

    • Brooks Kushman Shareholder Martin Sultana featured in Crain’s Detroit Business
      Tuesday, August 23, 2016

      Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder Martin Sultana was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’ August 21, 2016 article “Bringing tech, auto players together over smart cars could raise risk of patent litigation.” In the article, Sultana discusses the use of joint development agreements between automotive OEMs and tech companies. "The perception is...

        • President Frank Angileri Panelist at Auto IP USA Event
          Thursday, September 30, 2021

          SOUTHFIELD, Michigan- Brooks Kushman is excited for the upcoming Auto IP USA event hosted in-person this year in Detroit, Michigan on October 14, 2021. Brooks Kushman President Frank Angileri will serve as a panelist. Brooks Kushman is also a Gold Sponsor of the event this year. Angileri’s masterclass panel titled, “Rethinking Collaboration,”...

        • Brooks Kushman Shareholder Michael Turner to Speak at the Fall TIPLA Seminar
          Wednesday, October 23, 2019

          SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman shareholder Michael Turner will be speaking at the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) Fall Symposium in Nashville on November 1, 2019. TIPLA sponsors two symposiums a year for patent attorneys, patent agents, trademark attorneys, and copyright attorneys to discuss IP law in Tennessee. Turner’s presentation called,...

        • Brooks Kushman Shareholder Christopher Smith to Present at IPO Association Annual Meeting
          Thursday, September 05, 2019

          SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman shareholder Christopher Smith will speak at the Intellectual Property Owners Association 47th Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. The presentation, called “Dawn of a New Era: Licensing and Standards in the Coming Age of 5G,” will focus on the licensing considerations and transactional principles in...

        • John LeRoy To Speak On IP Panel At Automotive Legal Summit
          Wednesday, May 01, 2019

          SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – IAM is hosting Auto IP USA in Detroit, a one-day event that will provide content-led programming and in-depth discussions with IP experts and key players across the auto industry. Topics include how technology will transfer in mobility, what future cars will look like, and IP challenges of the future in light of...

        • Corey Neil to Speak at Autolex Autonomous Vehicle Legal Forum
          Friday, September 21, 2018

          SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman patent attorney Corey Neil, in partnership with client Brose North America, will speak at the Autolex Automotive Legal Forum, organized by Managing Intellectual Property  and Benchmark Litigation in Detroit, Michigan on September 25, 2018. At the forum, attendees and presenters will discuss the increasing reality of autonomous vehicles...

        • Brooks Kushman Shareholder to Speak at SDL Developer Conference in Los Angeles
          Tuesday, September 11, 2018

          SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman shareholder John LeRoy spoke at the Smart Device Link (SDL) Developer Conference & Hackathon in Los Angeles, CA. His presentation focused on the open source and intellectual property (IP) issues that need to be considered while developing connected cars. The SDL Developer Conference & Hackathon was attended by...

        • Brooks Kushman Shareholder to Speak on IP Panel at Automotive Legal Summit
          Wednesday, May 02, 2018

          SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – IAM is hosting Auto IP USA in Detroit, a one-day event that will provide content-led programming and in-depth discussions with IP experts and key players across the auto industry. Topics include tactics to help you succeed in the constantly shifting patent landscape, the connection between Silicon Valley and Detroit,...

        • Brooks Kushman Shareholders to Speak at Intellectual Property Law Spring Seminar 2018
          Wednesday, March 14, 2018

          SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan in cooperation with the Institute of Continuing Legal Education is hosting the 2018 Intellectual Property Law Spring Seminar in Lansing, Michigan. It is an opportunity for national and local leaders in intellectual property to network, and learn...

        • Brooks Kushman Attorneys to Speak on Panel at Autolex Automotive Legal Forum
          Thursday, November 02, 2017

          SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman attorneys Brian Doughty and David Berry will speak at the Autolex Automotive Legal Forum, organized by Managing Intellectual Property  and Benchmark Litigation in Detroit, Michigan on November 8, 2017. At the forum, legal topics over the next three to five years in IP, litigation, employment concerns, innovation...

        • Future of Automotive High-Tech Consumer Experience
          Tuesday, April 18, 2017

          Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman Shareholder Ben Stasa will serve on a panel at the IP in the Auto Industry conference on May 4, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Shareholder Martin Sultana will also serve as a moderator for a panel at the event. The conference provides IP legal professionals working in the auto...

        • Brooks Kushman Shareholder to Discuss Securing 360-degree Protection at IP in the Auto Industry Conference
          Thursday, April 28, 2016

          Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman Shareholder Frank Angileri will serve on a panel at the IP in the Auto Industry conference on May 3, 2016. The conference provides IP legal professionals working in the auto industry with greater insight into the strategies and operational efficiencies to maintain a competitive edge. Angileri...