Premium intellectual property protection is not just for the Fortune 500; our attorneys are protectors of innovations at all levels, with a passion for technology. Whether you are new to the start-up community, or a seasoned entrepreneur, Brooks Kushman will create a team with a deep understanding of your business that will become an extension of your team, working to ensure that your intellectual property is protected at every stage of investment.

There are a number of considerations and precautions to take regarding intellectual property when starting a new business or launching a new technology. Our attorneys are able to provide a full array of cost-efficient IP services for startups such as:

  • Patent Searching
  • Provisional Application Filing
  • Non-Provisional Application Filing
  • Patent Prosecution Strategy
  • Open Source Compliance
  • IP Litigation


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We recognize that startups are the future of our economy, and we are doing our part to support them through a number of initiatives. We often provide discounted or pro bono services to startups to help foster growth of innovative companies.

Brooks Kushman is actively involved in a number of organizations that help support startup organizations at every stage from idea to marketplace, including:

  • Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition – Brooks Kushman is an active participant in the Accelerate Michigan program. We have hosted IP law panels to help innovators develop a strong IP strategy to protect their technology.
  • Ann Arbor SPARK - We support Ann Arbor SPARK in its efforts to attract, develop, strengthen, and invest in innovative companies to help southeast Michigan thrive.
  • Automation Alley – Brooks Kushman attorneys are involved in Automation Alley’s 7 C’s program, providing IP law advice and services to entrepreneurs that are beyond the idea stage reach commercialization.
  • Bizdom – Brooks Kushman shareholder Robyn Lederman is a mentor with the entrepreneurship accelerator, Bizdom, providing IP counsel to Detroit entrepreneurs.
  • Michigan Growth Capital Symposium – Brooks Kushman is a sponsor of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, an annual event showcasing nearly 40 startups from around the Midwest.
  • Michigan Venture Capital Association – Brooks Kushman is glad to be partnering with the Michigan Venture Capitalists Association (MVCA) as part of their efforts to continue to support the entrepreneurial and venture capitalist sector in the local community
  • Pure Michigan Business Connect – Brooks Kushman supports startups with pro bono IP law services through Pure Michigan Business Connect, a business-to-business network connecting buyers to suppliers of Michigan goods and services.
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office – Brooks Kushman attorneys support the USPTO’s pro bono program, which provides IP law services to under-resourced inventors and small businesses.

IP protection plays a key role in the success of any startup. 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 Shareholder Kevin Heinl Featured on Podcast for Small Businesses
    Monday, March 04, 2019

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman shareholder Kevin Heinl was recently featured on the Michigan Business Network podcast Michigan Business Beat discussing how to protect small business innovations. In his conversation with host Chris Holman, Heinl covered the importance of patents and protecting small business innovations in the early stages. Heinl has been practicing intellectual property law...

  • Shareholder Kevin Heinl Publishes Article in Small Business Association Magazine
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman shareholder Kevin Heinl recently published an article in the Small Business Association Magazine, Focus on Small Business, titled “Take time to safeguard your new product developments.” The article focuses on steps small businesses and entrepreneurs need to take when they are developing new products or in the manufacturing process....

  • Brooks Kushman Shareholder Honored as a 2018 Leader in the Law
    Thursday, March 01, 2018

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman shareholder, John Nemazi, has been honored as a 2018 “Leader in the Law” by  Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Nemazi will be recognized, along with other distinguished attorneys, at the 2018 Leader in the Law award ceremony on April 5th at the Detroit Marriott Troy. According to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leaders...

    • John Nemazi Featured in Crain’s Detroit Business
      Monday, June 26, 2017

      Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Shareholder John Nemazi was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’ June 25, 2017 article, “Gateway ’17 shows path to China’s potential.” The article focuses on how opportunistic the Chinese market can be for small businesses in the United States, especially those that create quality products in the food, cosmetics, and baby...

      • Brooks Kushman Shareholders to Speak at the ICLE Marijuana Law Conference
        Wednesday, September 11, 2019

        SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) is hosting their fourth annual Marijuana Law Conference. Presented by the Marijuana Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, this conference is for both experienced and new law practitioners of marijuana law. Brooks Kushman shareholders Erin Bowles and Robyn Lederman will be...

      • Erin Bowles and Isheeta Patel to Present a Workshop on IP Basics for Entrepreneurs and Start Ups for MichBio
        Thursday, February 07, 2019

        SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman attorneys Erin Bowles and Isheeta Patel are presenting a workshop called “Intellectual Property 101: A Roadmap to IP Protection” in partnership with MichBio, an organization that works to promote the growth of the bio industry in Michigan by being a source for information, advocacy and resources. The presentation...

      • Brooks Kushman Attorneys Present at All About STEM! in Partnership With the INTA Unreal Campaign
        Wednesday, April 18, 2018

        SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Midwest Regional Office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invited families of the Metro Detroit community to participate in All About STEM!, an event hosted at the Detroit Public Library that focused on promoting activities and information surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and math....

      • Brooks Kushman Hosts Intellectual Property Panel at Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition
        Thursday, October 29, 2015

        Southfield, Mich. – To help start-up companies understand the importance and value of intellectual property (IP), Brooks Kushman Shareholder Sangeeta Shah will host an IP panel at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, which the firm is also sponsoring. The panel will take place on November 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Ms....

      • Entrepreneur Law Seminar at Automation Alley
        Tuesday, October 13, 2015

        Troy, MI – Brooks Kushman attorneys Timothy B. Clise, Thomas Lewry, and Hope Shovein along with Clark Hill attorneys Ellen E. Hoeppner and James R. Waggoner, will present at an Automation Alley Entrepreneur Law Seminar on October 29, 2015. The seminar will provide an overview of common legal issues entrepreneurs...