Autonomous vehicle technology is one of the most significant developments to ever impact the automotive industry. Today, we are witnessing technology and sensor companies from all over the world entering the space and working with suppliers and OEMs in a variety of capacities, bringing new capabilities to market. Joint development and M&A activity is also at an all-time high to foster innovation and bring products/technology to market faster.

With a deep understanding of the automotive industry, our Autonomous Vehicle practice group understands where technology meets the road, and has a level of experience that is unmatched in today’s marketplace. We are recognized as a leader in intellectual property protection as it relates to autonomous vehicles technologies. At the early stages of this vehicle transformation, we have worked with OEMs, suppliers and tech companies on the development and protection of technology advancements entering the next generation of vehicles.

Relying on our experienced patent professionals, who are trained in a variety of technical disciplines and have decades of automotive experience, we are uniquely positioned to work alongside our clients to propel them into this growing area. Our professionals work with OEMs and suppliers on developing and managing patent portfolios, advising on joint development agreements, product and technology development agreements, licensing and open source software requirements.

Our team’s capabilities and experience within autonomous vehicles includes:

  • Electronic control units
  • Emissions
  • Hybrid technology
  • Open source software compliance
  • Sensing and object detection technologies
  • System modeling software
  • Telematics
  • Transmission/powertrain

Brooks Kushman’s autonomous vehicle practice group is chaired by Ben Stasa and Martin Sultana – each having significant experience in the automotive industry and working with clients in the computer, sensors and software industries. The collection of their experience allows them to not only understand the technology significance of this new area, but to also understand how this new wave of technology changes the landscape for manufacturers.


  • Brooks Kushman Welcomes Richard J. Cantor, Expands Patent Prosecution Practice
    Monday, January 23, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. –  Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that Richard J. Cantor has joined the firm’s growing patent prosecution practice. Richard’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications in the computer software, electrical and mechanical arts. His practice extends beyond patent prosecution and includes infringement...

    • 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 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...

    • 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...