Our litigation experience covers all areas of intellectual property, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, and related causes of action. We provide skilled, aggressive, and cost-effective advocacy on behalf of our clients.
Dean has a passion for litigating complex intellectual property (IP) cases and protecting IP assets.
He has over twenty-five years’ experience as a litigator including seventeen years as a patent attorney focused on litigating IP disputes. He also prosecutes patent and trademark applications.
Dean has been lead litigator in patent, trademark and trade secret cases in multiple jurisdictions including U.S. District Courts, the International Trade Commission, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Federal Circuit, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and state courts. He has worked with and successfully defended Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller clients against allegations of wrongdoing. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications relating to software, business methods and mechanical arts. He also prosecutes trademarks including oppositions and cancellations of registrations. Dean litigates domain name disputes and prepares IP agreements including settlement and licensing agreements. He prepares legal opinions including freedom to practice and invalidity opinions.
Dean was selected as a Michigan 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Patent by The Best Lawyers in America® and as a Michigan 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Intellectual Property. He is also included in the 2015-2017 edition of Leading Lawyers at Lawyers.com®. Dean has been selected by dbusiness Magazine as a Top Lawyer and as a 2015-2017 IP Star by Managing IP Magazine. He has been awarded Best for Copyright & Trademark Law by Acquisitions International. Dean has an AV (preeminent) rating by Martindale-Hubbell.