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 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....

    • 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...

      • 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 will be speaking at the Smart Device Link (SDL) Developer Conference & Hackathon in Los Angeles, CA. LeRoy’s presentation will focus on the open source and intellectual property (IP) issues that need to be considered while developing connected cars. The SDL Developer Conference & Hackathon...

      • 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...