General Information

Year founded: 1983
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Overview

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Maximizing the Value of Your Intellectual Property Assets

The most effective IP solutions come from putting great minds together—yours and ours. At Brooks Kushman, we know that exceptional service is only possible by forging strong relationships with our clients. Those relationships are the fuel for tenacious and innovative solutions to your most complex problems. We’re ready to listen, learn, and become a valuable extension of your own team.

Since the firm’s founding in 1983, Brooks Kushman has built a national reputation as a premier intellectual property law firm. We have accomplished this by attracting the best talent, and by working closely with clients to understand how your business really operates and what really drives your company or brand.

We put that newfound knowledge to good use, uncovering ways to make your whole portfolio work harder – point it in new directions, explore new ways to monetize it and see that it’s better protected. And not just from fraud and theft, but from the vagaries of the global marketplace.

The Engines of Our Innovation

At Brooks Kushman, we generate value for your business with cutting-edge intellectual property representation, AI-driven technology, and engagements staffed with diverse, cross-disciplinary teams that stand ready to represent clients of all sizes.

Outstanding Careers for Outstanding Professionals

Our ability to recruit, educate, and retain diverse, high-caliber professionals is the foundation of the firm’s longevity and success. This is why we nurture an engaging culture and offer an inclusive environment that helps people live their passions and perform at their best each day. We want Brooks Kushman to be the best law firm to work for, anywhere.

Rankings

Brooks Kushman P.C. is nationally ranked in 2 practice areas and metro ranked in 5 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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National Rankings

Tier 3
Tier 3 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 3 for Trademark Law

Metro Rankings

Detroit, MI
Tier 1 for Copyright Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 1 for Patent Law
Tier 1 for Trademark Law

About Our Clients

Since the firm’s founding in 1983, Brooks Kushman has built a national reputation as a premier intellectual property law firm. We have accomplished this by attracting the best talent, and by working closely with clients to understand how their business really operates and what drives the company or brand.

We put that newfound knowledge to good use, uncovering ways to make their whole portfolio work harder – point it in new directions, explore new ways to monetize it, and see that it’s better protected. And not just from fraud and theft, but from the vagaries of the global marketplace.

The Engines of Our Innovation

At Brooks Kushman, we generate value for your business with cutting-edge intellectual property representation, AI-driven technology, and engagements staffed with diverse, cross-disciplinary teams that stand ready to represent clients of all sizes.

Outstanding Careers for Outstanding Professionals

Our ability to recruit, educate, and retain diverse, high-caliber professionals is the foundation of the firm’s longevity and success. This is why we nurture an engaging culture and offer an inclusive environment that helps people live their passions and perform at their best each day. We want Brooks Kushman to be the best law firm to work for, anywhere. Explore careers at Brooks Kushman.

Select Clients

  • Domino's Pizza
  • Ficosa North America
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Glastech inc.
  • Harman International
  • Henry Ford Health Systems
  • HoMedics
  • Lear Corporation
  • MASCO Corporation
  • Meritor Inc.
  • Terex Inc.
  • The AMES Companies

Rankings

National Rankings

Tier 3
Tier 3 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 3 for Trademark Law

Metro Rankings

Detroit, MI
Tier 1 for Copyright Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 1 for Patent Law
Tier 1 for Trademark Law

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Copyright Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Patent Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

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Client Comments

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Main Location

Royal Oak, MI
150 W. Second St., Suite 400N
Royal Oak, MI 48067-3846
United States
248-358-4400 Call our Royal Oak, MI location at 248-358-4400 Get Directions Get directions to our Royal Oak, MI location

Office Locations

Los Angeles, CA
601 South Figueroa Street, Suite 2080
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States
213-622-3003 Call our Los Angeles, CA location at 213-622-3003 Get Directions Get directions to our Los Angeles, CA location

Management and Personnel

Executive Committee Member - Co-Chair Trademarks
Elizabeth Janda
Executive Committee Member - Co-Chair Patent Prosecution
Michael Brodbine
Executive Committee Member
Matthew M. Jakubowski

Contacts

Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Technical Design Consulting, Litigation
Thomas W. Cunningham
Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Litigation, Technical Design Consulting
Frank A. Angileri
Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, Litigation, Technical Design Consulting
Mark A. Cantor
Patent Prosecution, Trade Secrets
Benjamin C. Stasa
Patent Prosecution, Technical Design Consulting, Litigation
Sangeeta G. Shah
Patent Prosecution, Technical Design Consulting, Legal IT Consulting
Michael S. Brodbine
Patent Prosecution, Technical Design Consulting
Tiffany A. Fidler, Ph.D.
Patent Prosecution, Technical Design Consulting
Michael D. Turner
Patent Prosecution, Technical Design Consulting
Michael D. Cushion
Patent Prosecution, Technical Design Consulting
Martin J. Sultana
Patent Prosecution, Technical Design Consulting
Jeffrey M. Szuma
Patent Prosecution, Technical Design Consulting
James A. Kushman
Patent Prosecution, Technical Design Consulting
Erin K. Bowles
Patent Prosecution, Litigation
Matthew M. Jakubowski
Patent Prosecution, Licensing, Technical Design Consulting, Trade Secrets
Marc F. Malooley
Patent Prosecution, Licensing, Technical Design Consulting
Mark E. Stuenkel
Patent Prosecution, Licensing Patent Litigation
Rachel A. Smith
Patent Prosecution, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, Technical Design Consulting
David R. Syrowik
Patent Prosecution, Compliance & E-Discovery, Legal IT Consulting, Technical Design Consulting
James W. Proscia, Ph.D.
Patent Prosecution, Compliance & E-Discovery, Legal IT Consulting, Litigation, Technical Design Consulting, Mergers and Acquisitions
John E. Nemazi
Patent Prosecution
Matthew M. Mietzel
Patent Prosecution
James N. Kallis
Patent Prosecution
David S. Bir
Patent Prosecution
Bernard Tomsa
Patent Prosecution
Andrew B. Turner
Patent Litigation, Trade Secret Litigation
John S. LeRoy
Patent Litigation
Rebecca J. Cantor
Litigation, Trademarks
Chanille Carswell
Litigation, Technical Design Consulting, Trade Secrets
Marc Lorelli
Litigation, Patent Prosecution
John P. Rondini
Licensing, Litigation, Trade Secrets
John M. Halan
Licensing, Litigation, Patent Prosecution, Technical Design Consulting, Trade Secrets, Patent Litigation, Trade Secret Litigation, Medical Devices
William G. Abbatt
Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets
Elizabeth F. Janda
Copyrights, Trademarks, Internet Law, Entertainment Law
Anna K. Robinson
Copyrights, Trade Secrets, Trademarks
Robyn S. Lederman
Copyrights, Trade Secrets, Trademarks
Hope V. Shovein
Copyrights, Licensing, Trade Secrets, Trademarks
Molly Mack Crandall
Compliance & E-Discovery, Trade Secrets, Litigation
Thomas A. Lewry
Copyrights, Licensing, Litigation, Trade Secrets, Trademarks
Amy C. Leshan
Patent Prosecution
Isaac Slutsky
Trademark Enforcement Litigation And Brand Protection Counseling
Sarah Silbert
Trademark & Copyright
Erica Klein
Trademark & Brand Protection
Jennifer Ziegler
Shareholder - Co-Chair Trademarks
Robyn S. Lederman
Shareholder
Rachel Smith
Shareholder
John Rondini
Shareholder
Jason Burnette
Shareholder
Corey Neil
Mechanical/Electromechanical Patent Prosecution
Kyle Konz
Mechanical/Electromechanical Patent Prosecution
James Bertino
Mechanical/Electromechanical Patent Prosecution
Corey Neil
Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney
Chelsea Pasquali
Electrical & Software Patent Prosecution
Thomas Runk
Electrical & Software Patent Prosecution
Fanqi Meng
Chief Diversity Officer
Chanille Carswell
Chemical Patent Prosecution
Alena Vackova Marconi
Chemical & Materials Patent Prosecution
Isheeta Patel
Biomedical And Mechanical Patent Prosecution
Stephanie Mansfield, Ph.D.

Significant Matters

Below are matters chosen by the firm to highlight.
  • Ameranth, Inc. v. Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (Summary Judgment – S.D. California): Successfully defended Domino’s Pizza in a patent infringement suit relating to menu generation and synchronization of data for mobile devices. Obtained summary judgment of unpatentability on a patent asserted against Domino’s and 30 other parties. Also served as counsel for Covered Business Method proceedings where the Patent Trial and Appeal Board held three other asserted patents unpatentable. Summary Judgment on all patents were affirmed on appeal. Court later awarded $2.7M in fees to Domino’s. Team Members Include: Frank Angileri, Thomas Cunningham, John Rondini

  • Ford Global Technologies, LLC v. New World International, Inc. (Jury Trial – N.D. Texas): Trial counsel for plaintiff Ford in a patent lawsuit involving thirteen design patents. Obtained favorable summary judgment, claim construction, and other pre-trial rulings. The jury found willful infringement of all thirteen patents and against all invalidity challenges and awarded Ford the defendants’ total profits from the infringement. Obtained an award of almost $3 million in profits and attorneys’ fees as well as the entry of a permanent injunction. The judgement was affirmed on appeal. Team Members Include: Marc Lorelli and Frank Angileri

  • Mag Automotive LLC V. Gadra Enterprises, Inc. (Summary Judgment – E.D. Michigan): Represented defendant Gadra in a trademark infringement matter relating to a numbering system on automotive equipment parts. Convinced the court that plaintiff did not have any enforceable trademark rights as the asserted trademarks were functional and had no secondary meaning, and the Court granted Summary Judgment for Gadra. Also convinced the Court to deny Plaintiff Mag Automotive’ s motion for Summary Judgment on Gadra’s counterclaims alleging false advertising, business and product disparagement, and tortious interference with business relationships and allow those claims to go to trial. The matter settled before trial. Team Members Include: Mark Cantor, Rebecca Cantor, and Marc Lorelli

  • TMC Fuel Injection System, LLC v. Ford Motor Company (Summary Judgment – E.D. Pennsylvania) Lead counsel for defendant Ford in a patent infringement action involving automotive fuel injection systems. Lead counsel for numerous inter partes reviews filed by Ford based on obviousness. Ford used the proceedings before the Patent Office to encourage the district court to construe the claims similarly and grant summary judgment in Ford’s favor. Obtained affirmance on appeal to the Federal Circuit. Team Members Include: Marc Lorelli and Frank Angileri

  • JTEKT Corp. V. GKN Automotive Ltd. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of Brooks Kushman’s client GKN Automotive Ltd. (GKN) on the issue of standing after Inter Partes Review (IPR). Brooks Kushman shareholder Linda Mettes argued to the Federal Circuit that IPR petitioner JTEKT failed to establish the requisite Article III standing required to pursue an appeal of the PTAB decision against it. The Federal Circuit agreed and dismissed the appeal in a precedential opinion.The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found that JTEKT Corp. failed to prove the obviousness of two claims related to GKN’s patent, U. S. No. 8,215,440. Brooks Kushman shareholder Sangeeta G. Shah and Kristin L. Murphy led the IPR team that resulted in this favorable PTAB decision that confirmed the patentability on important technology involving drivelines switchable between a four-wheel mode and a two-wheel mode. This technology is instrumental to GKN Automotive’s all-wheel drive Twinster ® technology. Team members include: Sangeeta G. Shah

  • Ford Motor Company v. Paice LLC (PTAB): Represented Ford during the pendency of the 22 inter partes review proceedings challenging the validity of hundreds of claims across five separate patents. Managed proceedings through final written decision where the Patent Trial and Appeal Board held 273 patent claims were unpatentable. Team Members Include: Frank Angileri, Marc Lorelli, John Rondini, Andrew Turner, Sangeeta Shah, John Nemazi

  • Innovation Ventures, LLC d/b/a Living Essentials, v. N.V.E., Inc. (Jury Trial – E.D. Michigan): Represented Plaintiff Living Essentials in trademark infringement action involving plaintiff’s 5-Hour ENERGY trademark. The jury found that Defendant N.V.E.’s sale of a competing product named “6 Hour Power” infringed Plaintiff’s trademark and awarded $10.6 million in damages. The jury also awarded an additional $11.5 million in disgorgement of N.V.E.’s profits and fully rejected N.V.E.’s $60 million false advertising claim. Team members include: Mark Cantor, Marc Lorelli, Chanille Carswell, Thomas Cunningham

  • GeoTag, Inc. v. Domino’s Pizza Inc. (Summary Judgment – E.D. Texas): Successfully defended Domino’s Pizza in a patent infringement action in East Texas which also involved over 600 defendants. After the other defendants settled, Domino’s was sole defendant left in case. Court granted summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of Domino’s on five different grounds. Team members include: Frank Angileri and Thomas Cunningham

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