Dean Amburn Intellectual Property Attorney

3x Lawyer of the Year 2016, 2017, 2019

Dean Amburn


dean amburn

Dean has a passion for litigating complex intellectual property (IP) cases and protecting IP assets.

Martindale-Hubbell Award

He has over twenty-seven years of litigation experience. He also prepares and prosecutes patent and trademark applications.

Dean has experience litigating patent, trademark and trade secret cases in multiple jurisdictions including United States District Courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), the Federal Circuit, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and state courts. He works with and has successfully protected many clients’ IP rights, including clients involved in bet-the-farm type litigation. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, domestic and foreign, medium to small businesses as well as individuals.

He also prepares and prosecutes patent and trademark applications including appeals, inter party reviews (IPR), cancellation and opposition proceedings. He also counsels clients regarding IP related issues and prepares legal opinions including freedom to practice and invalidity opinions. Dean is a licensed attorney in Michigan and licensed as a patent attorney eligible to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is not licensed to practice in Delaware but can be admitted to practice pro hac vice in the Delaware courts.

In addition to being selected three times as a “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America® he is also included in the 2015-2019 edition of Leading Lawyers at® and selected by dbusiness Magazine as a 2015-2019 Top Lawyer. Other awards include: 2015-2019 IP Star by Managing IP Magazine; recognition by Acquisitions International; and by America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. Dean has an AV (Preeminent) rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Dean’s publication, IP Strategies for Business Managers, provides practical advice for protecting IP and avoiding infringement. He contributed to the national publication, Inside the Minds: Litigation Strategies for Intellectual Property Cases (2012, Thomson Reuters) on topics including patent eligibility of software and business methods, trade secret case strategies, and discovery of electronically stored information (ESI).

Dean is a frequent speaker on IP, including: IP Patent Camp at the MidMichigan Innovation Center (3 years); IP Webinar for VetBizCentral; IP Talk at TechTown Detroit; IP Talk at DC3S; and IP Talk – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about IP But Were Afraid to Ask through Midland Tomorrow in cooperation with Northwood University during Entrepreneurship Week.

Dean brings an entrepreneurial spirit to his work and enjoys sharing in his clients’ successes. He is also committed to keeping open communication with his clients and is readily available to answer his client’s questions.

In his spare time Dean enjoys traveling with his wife Laurie and two sons. He also enjoys running and working on his 1969 Dodge Charger RT SE. Dean is the inventor on four patents relating to an electronic securities trading system, including U.S. Patent Nos. 8,788,398, 8,175,956, 7,552,085 and 7,356,499.

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property Counseling and Protection
  • IP Litigation including Patent, Trademark, Trade Secret and Copyright Litigation
  • Patent Applications and Prosecution
  • Trademark Applications and Prosecution including Oppositions and Cancellations
  • Domain Name Dispute Litigation
  • IP Agreements

Bar Admissions

  • All State Courts in the State of Michigan
  • Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Various Other Federal District Court
  • U.S. Court for Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Registered Patent Attorney


  • Federal Bar Association for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Michigan Bar Association Technology Law Section
  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
  • Michigan Patent Law Association


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