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Mr. Amburn focuses his practice on helping clients protect intellectual property (IP), understand IP rights and resolve complex IP disputes. He has a record of success as a litigator and several years' experience prosecuting patent and trademark applications.
He was selected as a Michigan 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Patent, and as a 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Intellectual Property by The Best Lawyers in America®. He was also selected for inclusion in Michigan Leading Lawyers 2014 - 2017 by LeadingLawyers.com. He was named an "IP Star" by Managing IP magazine 2013 - 2016 and has an AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
His publication, IP Strategies for Business Managers, available on Amazon, provides practical advice for protecting IP and avoiding infringement. He contributed to the national publication, Inside the Minds: Litigation Strategies for Intellectual Property Cases (Thomson Reuters, 2012) on topics including patent eligibility of software and business methods, trade secret case strategies, and discovery of electronically stored information (ESI). Recently, he presented the Third Annual Patent Camp at the MidMichigan Innovation Center. He also recently presented an IP webinar for Vet Biz Central. In addition, he presented an IP Law Update to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Mr. Amburn is the inventor on four patents relating to an automated securities trading system including a patent that issued in 2014.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2000
U.S. District Court
Eastern District of Michigan, 1992
Western District of Michigan, 2002
U.S. Court of Appeals
Law School: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 1992
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University, B.S., mathematics, 1986
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
State Bar of Michigan
Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
Oakland County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- The Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2017
- Best Lawyers 2017 "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Patent, Troy, Michigan area
- Best Lawyers 2016 "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Intellectual Property, Troy, Michigan area
- dbusiness Magazine Top Lawyers, 2013, 2014
- AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
- Michigan Leading Lawyers, recognized by peers in copyright and trademark law, IP law and patent law, 2014-present
- Managing IP - "IP Star," 2013-2016
Mr. Amburn taught as an adjunct professor in 2011 at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2011 on the topics of trade dress and design law.
Published Legal Writing:
"Lessons From The Field: Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers Share Case Studies & Best Practices," contributed chapter discussing IP strategies for business managers, Exec Sense, April 2013
"IP Strategies for Business Managers," Exec Sense, January 2013
"Inside the Minds: Litigation Strategies for Intellectual Property Cases," provided chapter on patent subject matter eligibility, trade secret case strategies, and ESI issues in IP litigation, Thomson Reuters, July 2012