MSU College of Law

Linda Mettes

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
lmettes@brookskushman.com

Linda Mettes specializes in intellectual property litigation. Linda has tried patent, trademark, and copyright cases in Federal courts nationwide. Linda has extensive experience in managing litigation from pre-suit investigation through trial/appeal, including discovery, expert report preparation, depositions, motions, Markman hearings, and mock jury research. Linda was also selected to write a Petition for Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on patent written description law on behalf of a client.

Linda is a registered patent attorney authorized to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Linda`s technical ability cuts through various technology. She has handled cases in a wide array of technology such as mechanical devices, vaccines, birth control pills and other pharmaceuticals, computer disk drives, connectors, other hardware and software, ophthalmic surgical equipment, neurosurgical devices, stents, televisions, cell phones, mass spectrometry, medical imaging, metal casting, silicon wafers, automotive components, consumer products, financial products, Internet advertising, and polyethylene foam.

While adept at communicating mechanical, electrical, chemical and pharmaceutical technologies to a court, Linda also has a depth of experience on the damages side, for both plaintiffs and defendants. Linda has written articles and spoken at legal seminars on damages topics. Linda has also successfully precluded damage claims on behalf of defendants and defended the client`s ability to advance significant damage claims on behalf of plaintiffs.

Linda has also prosecuted patents, particularly in reexamination and continuation practice for patents asserted or about to be asserted in litigation. Linda has also provided legal opinions, conducted due diligence and negotiated and drafted licensing agreements.

Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Linda was a partner at another Detroit-area law firm and Kenyon & Kenyon in New York City. She has also worked as a mechanical engineer for an automotive OEM in a rotational program involving product design, testing, manufacturing and advance R&D.

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law; B.S., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • Patent Litigation
    This course shall consider strategies and procedures pertaining to patent litigation in the U.S. federal courts. Details of the Patent Act and case law shall be analyzed with regard to discovery, motion practice, trial practice, infringement, invalidity and remedies. No technical degree is required. It is recommended students complete Civil Procedure I and II and Patent Law before enrolling in this course.

State of Michigan, State of New York; United States Patent and Trademark Offices, as well as several state and federal courts