Todd Dishman

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

  • Biography

    Todd is a registered patent attorney having his patent prosecution practice centered on the mechanical and electromechanical arts. With respect to litigation, Todd is experienced in pretrial discovery, motion practice, and trial preparation. He also has managed significant portions of electronic discovery activities, including administering large document productions.

    Todd’s blend of prosecution and litigation has allowed him to successfully represent clients in post-grant proceedings. He has served as counsel on behalf of petitioners and patent owners in many inter partes review proceedings before the USPTO, where he has successfully obtained positive outcomes for his clients.

    Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Todd was in-house intellectual property counsel for a Fortune 50 company automotive OEM. In addition to drafting patent applications and counseling internal clients concerning IP policies and strategic technologies, Todd had success negotiating agreements for joint research and development, academic partnerships, and technical subscriptions and memberships. This agreement practice included resolving myriad issues including intellectual property licensing terms, data management, and international export compliance. He also has worked on an international merger and acquisition team as IP counsel implementing data loss prevention measures, and management of employee and customer data.

    Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Todd worked for an automotive OEM for 10 years as a design engineer for body systems, body structures, closures, sealing, and electromechanical hardware. Todd designed and launched several vehicle systems from start to finish with a focus on system interfaces. He also became a named inventor for several patented innovations related to body closures and sealing. Todd’s background in automotive mechanical engineering provides him with an insight into the complete product development cycle. This has allowed Todd to understand clients’ engineering processes and product portfolios in support of patent prosecution and litigation matters.