Beyond procuring protection for our clients’ innovations, trademarks and creative work, Brooks Kushman offers a variety of services to help clients enhance the value of their intellectual property and better manage their rights.

Our attorneys work alongside in-house legal and business teams to leverage patents, trade secrets, or portions of an IP portfolio that can often be used to generate new revenue, create new markets, or stone-wall the competition. We have advised companies of all sizes on preparing licenses, partnering transactions, and other strategic alliances that can provide access to resources that might otherwise remain unavailable. Our attorneys have structured and negotiated a wide variety of alliances that have resulted in meaningful new opportunities for our clients.

At Brooks Kushman, we believe that licensing decisions should be made within the context of a consistent strategy designed to maximize the value of the resources devoted to intellectual property development. We frequently provide agreement drafts, negotiation and strategic counsel to help clients leverage their own technologies, and have helped clients structure efficient and effective agreements to obtain rights in new technologies from outside sources.

Technology transfers and other grants of intellectual property rights can be extraordinarily complex, requiring a body of experience ranging from due diligence investigations to the drafting of the transfer agreements. At Brooks Kushman, we know how to structure technology transfers in a manner that ensures that our clients receive all of the contemplated benefits, with all reasonable limitations upon future liabilities. We bring significant knowledge of the technology at issue, expertise in IP law, and an understanding of our client’s business to each transaction.

Our team of transaction and licensing attorneys regularly advise clients on:

• Joint development agreements
• Non-disclosure agreements
• Technology transfer agreements
• Patent license agreements
• Joint marketing agreements
• Trademark License Agreement
• Trade secret agreements

Our team of transaction attorneys brings a level of business and technical experience that is unmatched in today’s marketplace. We work alongside our clients at every stage of the process—as they work with suppliers, co-developers, and customers—protecting their rights by knowing the law, the technology, and the business.

  • Brooks Kushman Recognized as One of the “Top 20 Firms” by Juristat
    Monday, May 08, 2017

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman has been ranked second among the Top 20 Firms in Tech Centers 3600 and 3700 in the United States based on an objective measurement of firm performance in front of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Juristat. Tech Center 3600 represents Transportation, Construction, Electronic...

  • 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...

  • Brooks Kushman Expands Life Science and Chemistry Practice
    Tuesday, October 04, 2016

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman has expanded its patent prosecution team with the addition of Associate Anand Viswanathan. Viswanathan will support Brooks Kushman clients in the life sciences, medical device and chemistry industries in the firm’s Southfield, Michigan office. In his role with Brooks Kushman, Viswanathan will focus on preparing and...

  • Brooks Kushman Announces Four New Attorneys; Further Expands Medical Device and Trademark Practice Groups
    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Building upon the firm`s expertise and diversity, Brooks Kushman P.C. – a nationally ranked intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm – has hired Kristin L. Murphy, Linda D. Mettes, Rachel A. Smith and Dorne J. McKinnon-Rybicki, adding more than 60 years of combined legal experience at...

  • Brooks Kushman Publishes Sixth Edition of Intellectual Property Primer Covering the Latest Changes in the IP Landscape
    Tuesday, August 06, 2013

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Intellectual property (IP) has changed more in the last 10 years than ever before. To provide a basic understanding of the various aspects of current IP law, Brooks Kushman P.C. has issued the Sixth Edition of its IP Primer. The guide is written to help those who...

  • Halan Contributes Chapter to Book on Intellectual Property Licensing Strategies
    Thursday, February 03, 2011

    Brooks Kushman litigation shareholder, John M. Halan, contributed to the Inside the Minds book, "Intellectual Property Licensing Strategies" with the chapter, "Drafting a License Agreement with an Eye to the Future."  Halan highlights the following areas in the book chapter:Emerging Trends in IP Licensing StrategiesWorking with Licensors and LicenseesHandling a Possible...

  • Brooks Kushman Hires Industry Veteran Daniel Stock, Enhances Corporate Transactions Expertise
    Thursday, February 01, 2007

         Brooks Kushman announced today that Daniel M. Stock, former in-house counsel at Ford Motor Co., has recently joined the law firm. The announcement was made by Ernie L. Brooks, president and founding partner.     Stock – who has practiced intellectual property (IP) law for nearly 35 years – has significant experience...

    • Brooks Kushman President Featured in Crain’s Detroit Business
      Sunday, December 07, 2014

      SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman President Mark Cantor was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’ Dec. 7 article, “Tech transfer office can help a professor turn intellectual gifts into gold.” The article is included in Crain’s bi-annual “Michigan Deal” publication.In the article, Cantor discusses legal considerations regarding the ownership of intellectual property in technology transfers,...

    • Four Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2013 Super Lawyers List; Ten Attorneys Honored as Rising Stars
      Friday, September 06, 2013

      SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman P.C. is proud to announce that several of the firm`s attorneys have been named to the 2013 Super Lawyers list for their work in the intellectual property arena. The annual Super Lawyers listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained...