IP business & Technology attorneys






  • Business Counseling

  • Litigation

  • Transactions

  • Patents

  • Trademarks

  • Trade Secrets

  • Copyrights


We will help you set up your company, hire talent, manage risk, avoid disputes and resolve disputes out of court. We can help with:

  • confidentiality agreements / NDAs

  • consulting agreements

  • employment agreements & non-competes

  • operating agreements & bylaws

  • work-for-hire agreements


We will lead you to the right business resolution through cost-effective advocacy. We specialize in disputes involving:

  • breach of contract

  • copyright infringement

  • government contract disputes

  • patent infringement 

  • trade secret misappropriation

  • trademark infringement



We will help negotiate contracts, license IP and acquire targeted assets. We can prepare and negotiate:

  • asset purchase & stock purchase agreements

  • government contracts (SBIR, STTR, OTAs, FAR Part 12, FAR Part 15)

  • IP licenses & assignments

  • joint development agreements

  • memoranda of understanding

  • supply contracts


We will help you decide which innovations to patent in which countries, and which to maintain as trade secrets. We manage:

  • international portfolio management

  • opinions

  • patent applications, prosecution and appeals

  • prior art searching

  • post grant proceedings (IPRs and PGRs)

We advise in many technologies, including:

  • autonomous vehicles, connected cars and the IoT

  • battery technology & electrification

  • big data and data mining

  • chemicals, coatings and compositions

  • cybersecurity

  • drive-by-wire and fly-by-wire systems 

  • engines & components, including controllers, pistons and transmissions

  • medical devices

  • next generation combat vehicle 

  • open source software


Branding is important, and a global branding strategy can effectively and inexpensively help you differentiate yourself. We can help with:

  • federal and state trademark filings and prosecution

  • international portfolio management

  • opinions

  • oppositions & cancellations

  • renewals


We know what to keep secret and how to do it. We can help with:

  • best practices for maintaining secrecy

  • cybersecurity

  • due diligence when hiring from a competitor

  • exit interview practices


Copyrights are not just for musicians and poets. We can help your team's software developers and HR personnel with:

  • preparing and prosecuting copyright filings

  • opinions


"Any  sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

- Arthur C. Clark


To advance our clients' business objectives through

strategic and cost-effective counseling.


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We broke away from the big law firm model, which can be expensive and which lacks flexibility. We understand conventional practices from our experiences in big firms. More importantly, we understand when to depart from the old rules to drive results. We find creative solutions for our clients who are facing sophisticated business and legal issues, especially those involving technology. 


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Drawing from his 20+ years of experience as in-house counsel, including as Chief IP Counsel for Lear Corporation, Bill offers sophisticated business judgment that is rare in private practice. His in-house experience includes service for the US Army, BASF, SC Johnson, and Detroit Diesel. As evidence of his breadth and depth, Bill has structured acquisitions of technology companies, set up engineering entities in China for developing next generation batteries, cross-licensed IP, and litigated patent and trade secret issues. He knows how to focus on the clients' specific business objectives, regardless of technology or industry. And he delivers results.

Bill's distinctive style makes him an effective first chair litigator, as he was in, among others, the BorgWarner v. Pierburg and Schmalz v. Better Vacuum Cup patent lawsuits. He develops creative solutions, and his written and oral advocacy resonates with judges and juries. 

Bill is a lead transactional lawyer. He has formed companies and structured acquisitions in the US, Germany, Canada & China. Bill has negotiated on behalf of Michigan Defense Corridor companies with prime- and sub-contractors to the U.S. government using his mastery of regulations, including the FARs and DFARs. 

Bill also continues to author patent applications and opinions across technological disciplines and industries.


Leaders in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2020

Top Lawyer in IP Law, DBusiness magazine, 2017-2019

Leading Lawyers in Intellectual Property, 2017-2021

publications & Speaking engagements

  • Solid State Battery Technology, Moderator, The Battery Show, 2020

  • Protecting IP in Michigan's Defense Corridor, IPLS Proceedings, v. 31, issue 1, 2020 (with Linda Kennedy)

  • Developments in the Chinese IP Landscape; The Battery Show, 2019

  • How Government Interests Affect Downstream Use of IP; AIPLA Annual Meeting, 2018

  • Smart Cars need Smart Protection: Managing your IP in the Connected Vehicle; Connected Car Symposium, 2016  


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D.

Bradley University, B.S. 


State of Michigan

State of Wisconsin

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


Dan practices all aspects of intellectual property, with a focus on domestic and foreign patent prosecution in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts. Dan counsels start-ups and established companies on infringement and freedom-to-operate studies. Dan is also an experienced litigator who has handled dozens of contested IP and other high tech matters.

Dan's industry experience differentiates him from most lawyers. He worked as an engineer in the Aerospace & Defense industry and the Automotive industry for 14 years. Because of this, Dan offers an unusually sophisticated technical understanding of internal combustion engines and turbine technology, including jet engines and turbochargers. Dan provides in-depth counsel on a broad range of technologies, including autonomous vehicles, turbines, internal combustion engines, transmissions, control systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, optics and medical devices.


State Bar of Michigan – Intellectual Property

and Litigation Sections

American Intellectual Property Law Association 

American Bar Association – Intellectual Property

and Litigation Sections

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association


American Natural Resources for Academic Achievement


Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude

Michigan Technological University, B.S.M.E.


State of Michigan 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Linda brings 20+ years of experience to her clients, including the business skills developed as in-house counsel with Dow Chemical Co., Pratt & Whitney, and Collins Aerospace. She developed global IP strategies, managed trade secret litigation, and negotiated commercial contracts and government contracts. She brings a business focus to the legal issues facing automotive and Michigan Defense Corridor companies.   

Linda litigates high tech cases, as she has done in BorgWarner v. Pierburg and Diamond Coating Technologies v. Nissan North America et al

Linda advises clients on IP-related agreements, as she has done for the US Department of Defense contractors and subcontractors such as Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace. Linda also authors patent applications and opinions, and manages global IP portfolios.  


Michigan Super Lawyers, 2020

Women in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2020

Notable Women in Law, Crain's Detroit Business, 2019

Leading Lawyers in Intellectual Property, 2017-2021

Top Lawyer in Litigation - IP, DBusiness magazine, 2017

Best Lawyers in America, 2017, 2021

community service

Public Outreach & Education Committee, MI State Bar, 2019-present

Trustee, Michigan Technological University, 2013-2020

publications & Speaking engagements

  • Are Patents Good for Green, Laches, Apr. 2021

  • Women Leaders in IP Law, ACI's Inaugural Summit. (Presentation on Fostering Inventorship in Women), Mar. 2021

  • Beyond Money: Creative Solutions to Litigation, Laches, Feb. 2021

  • Protecting IP in Michigan's Defense Corridor, IPLS Proceedings, v. 31, issue 1, 2020 (with Bill Panagos)

  • In-house & Outside Counsel Teams: Managing Commercial Litigation, Laches, Jan. 2020

  • Why You Should Safeguard Your Newly-Formed Business's IP, Corp! Magazine, Apr. 2016 

  • Medical Device Patents: Design or Utility?, 27 No. 11 Intell. Prop. & Tech. L.J. 12 (Nov. 2015)


University of Minnesota, B.A., J.D., cum laude

Michigan Technological University, B.S., summa cum laude


State of Illinois

State of Michigan

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court




Speros is a recent law school graduate who has worked closely with clients in his law school's IP Patent Clinic on patent applications and related projects. During law school, Speros took an interest in legal research and writing, business associations, business torts and contracts, professional responsibility, intellectual property, and the federal rules of civil procedure.


Speros brings technical and legal talent to the firm. He also brings an enthusiasm for teamwork to help solve the complex issues our clients are facing.   


Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Council, 2020-21

Dean's List, Spring 2020


Intellectual Property Law Society


UIC John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2021

Grand Valley State University, B.S., 2017




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