Michael S. Gzybowski
Counsel

Mike considers himself an engineer who practices patent law.  He enjoys working with inventors and company R&D personnel to fully evaluate and protect their inventions. After acquiring his engineering degree, Mike learned about the patent system from the “inside” by working as a patent examiner in the United States Patent & Trademark more than 30 years ago. Mike’s former experience as a patent examiner helps him  advise clients prior to and during the examination phase of their patent applications, while his engineering background helps him work with clients to fully appreciate the scope of their inventions.

Today Mike concentrates his intellectual property practice in preparing and prosecuting U.S. patent applications and assisting client in obtaining foreign patents in many counties around the world. Mike has drafted and successfully prosecuted hundreds of patent applications over the years in many technical fields. In addition, Mike provides support for patent litigation, counsels clients on patentability, infringement, right to use, and validity issues, and prepares and evaluates licensing agreements, joint development agreements and other intellectual property related agreements.

Last year Mike was recognized by Martindale-Hubbell® for his “elite achievement” commemorating his 25th anniversary as a member of the Bar.  In the same year Mike was recognized by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in intellectual property law and patent law. Mike’s devotion and professional commitment to clients is paralleled only by his dedication to community service, for which Mike was acknowledged as a recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award. In addition, Mike is a prolific author of intellectual property related articles that are published in his IP in Depth column and other media publications.

Practice Groups
Education
  • J.D.,
    George Mason University of Law, 1988
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering
    Purdue University, 1983
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Virginia
Forward Thinking
in the media
July 20, 2015
On July 20, 2015 Michael Gzybowski was mentioned in Detroit Legal News. Click here to read more.
in the media
September 11, 2014
On September 11, 2014, Today’s General Counsel wrote “In Patent Applications, You Can Disclose Too Much” which mentions Michael Gzybowski’s article “IP in Depth: Avoiding Unnecessary Disclosures in Patent ...
publication
September 05, 2014
On September 2, 2014, Mike Gzybowski’s article “IP in Depth: Avoiding Unnecessary Disclosures in Patent Applications” was published in CeramicIndustry.com. Click here to read.
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December 02, 2013
Michael S. Gzybowski wrote the article, 'IP in Depth: Expediting Patent Application Examinations,' for Ceramic Industry on December 2, 2013. Click here to read.
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April 2013
Michael S. Gzybowski wrote “IP in Depth: First-to-File Cautions and Strategies,” for the April 2013 issue of Ceramic Industry. Click here to read.
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February 2013
Michael S. Gzybowski wrote “IP in Depth: Preparing for First-to-File,” for the February 2013 issue of Ceramic Industry. Click here to read.
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September 2012
Michael S. Gzybowski wrote “IP in Depth: Preissuance Submissions,” for the September 2012 issue of Ceramic Industry.
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March 2012
Michael S. Gzybowski wrote “Changing the Patenting Process,” for the March 2012 issue of Ceramic Industry.
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October 2011
Michael S. Gzybowski penned “IP in Depth: Patentability Standards” for the October 2011 issue of Ceramic Industry.
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June 27, 2011
Michael S. Gzybowski authored “Innovation in America at the Crossroads,” for the June 27, 2011, issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
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June 2011
Michael S. Gzybowski penned “Is the USPTO Creating a Barrier to Innovation?” for the June 2011 Chicago Lawyer special section Intellectual Property 2011.
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April 2011
Michael S. Gzybowski penned “IP in Depth: Pilot Program Options,” for the April 2011 issue of Ceramic Industry.
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December 2010
Michael S. Gzybowski penned the article “IP in Depth: What Makes a Good Patent Attorney?” for the December 2010 issue of Ceramic Industry.
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October 2010
Michael S. Gzybowski penned the article 'IP in Depth: The $99 Provisional Patent Application' for the October 2010 issue of Ceramic Industry. 
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September 13, 2010
Michael S. Gzybowski penned the article “‘Cutting’ the USPTO’s Filing Line: Will Paying More Fix the Problem?” in the Sept. 13 edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
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July 2010
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March 2005
Press Releases & Events
January 04, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MICH.-Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law ...

November 08, 2012
ANN ARBOR – The change from the 220-year-old “first-to-invent” system to a first-to-file system, one of the last provisions of the Patent Reform Act (America Invents Act) of 2011 to be implemented, goes into effect March 16, 2013 ...
Honors
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2015, 2016
Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • Patent Office Society
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
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