Mick has over twenty-five years’ experience as an IP specialist helping clients protect their valuable intellectual property assets with patents, trademarks, and copyrights. He also litigates complex IP disputes including patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.
Mick began his legal training at the largest and oldest IP law firm in Michigan where his work was split between patent prosecution and litigation. He then transitioned to in-house legal counsel to two publicly traded corporations. In his role as patent attorney at Energy Conversion Devices, Mick was responsible for a portfolio of patent applications in the field of rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries, photovoltaic devices (solar cells), read-write optical media and manufacturing devices therefor. Mick was part of a team that completed a joint venture with Baotou steel, a Chinese state-owned corporation, to manufacture batteries in China. Mick next served as in-house counsel at Eaton Corporation where he was responsible for Eaton’s research division, including Eaton’s hybrid transmission program, clutches and arc fault protection devices to name a few.
Mick is a registered patent attorney, licensed to practice in the state of Michigan, admitted before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and in patent cases before the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 1998. Mick has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and pro hac vice in the Northern District of California.
Mick contributed to the treatise titled Intellectual Property Litigation: Pretrial Practice Guide by Eric Dobrusin. He authored the article Prosecution History Estoppel: Post Hilton Davis, published by the State Bar of Michigan in its Intellectual Property Section publication in 1998.
Mick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University, a Juris Doctorate from Detroit College of Law – now Michigan State University Law School, and a Master’s Degree in Corporate and Finance Law from Wayne State University Law School.
Prior to entering patent law, Mick worked as a machinist, toolmaker, and machine builder and then began engineering internships in manufacturing, testing, and research. As an undergraduate, Mick conducted combustion engine research at Wayne State University. Mick has extensive mechanical design experience and routinely attends courses in programming, artificial intelligence and plasma physics related technologies.
Among Mick’s numerous interests outside of work are training horses in natural horsemanship (the Tom Dorrance school), marksmanship, vocal music and motorcycle racing. Mick is also an avid outdoorsman and enjoys upland hunting with his Labrador Thor as well as fishing in Michigan lakes.