Michael E. Dockins, a Member with the firm, is a chemical engineer and a registered patent attorney licensed in the State of Ohio, the State of Indiana, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Dockins is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Federal District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the Western District of Michigan. He practices in the areas of intellectual property and technology law, specifically, patent, trademark, and copyright law.
Mr. Dockins earned a Baccalaureate of Science in Chemical Engineering with course work in polymer sciences, magna cum laude, from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Toledo. While at the University of Toledo, Mr. Dockins also earned a certificate of concentration in Intellectual Property Law. Mr. Dockins served as a Technical Editor for the University of Toledo Law Review. He is the author of Internet Links: The Good, the Bad, the Tortious, and a Two-part Test, 36 U. Tol. L. Rev. 367 (2005).
His practice consists of preparation and prosecution of patent applications in various technical arts, including the chemical, material, and mechanical arts. Mr. Dockins also prepares legal opinions in respect of patentability, infringement, patent validity, and freedom to practice. Furthermore, hiis practice consists of preparation and prosecution of trademark applications, trademark oppositions and cancellations, and preparation of legal opinions in respect of trademark infringement and litigation.
Mr. Dockins previously served as Intellectual Property Counsel for First Solar, Inc. managing First Solar’s patent and trademark portfolios, developing and instituting corporate IP management policies, and negotiating a wide range of IP agreements.
Mor-Dall Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Dark Horse Brewing Co. v. Dark Horse Distillery, LLC et al, Case No. 1:13-cv-915-RHB (W.D. Mich. 2013). Co- counsel for plaintiff brewing company in trademark infringement action. Obtained a jury verdict of willful trademark infringement and personal liability for the infringement.
Centrex Plastics, LLC v. Diversified Re-Packaging Corporation (d/b/a U.S. Merchants), Case No. 3:15-cv-968 (N.D. Ohio 2015). Lead counsel for national container manufacturing company in a design patent infringement suit against a competitor manufacturing company. Favorable settlement achieved through negotiations.
Dame Enterprises, Ltd. v. Nippon Menard Cosmetics Co., Case No. 3:08-cv-2868 (N.D. Ohio 2008). Lead counsel for beauty supply and service company in a trademark infringement suit against international beauty supply company. Favorable settlement achieved after mediation.
Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corporation v. Youtube, Inc., Char Hurley, and Steve Chen, Case No. 3:06-cv-2628 (N.D. Ohio 2006). Co-counsel for a local equipment manufacturer in an unfair competition, trademark dilution, trespass to chattel, nuisance, deceptive trade practice, and copyright infringement action against a media company and its principals. Favorable settlement achieved through negotiations.
Bayer Healthcare, LLC v. Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Opposition No. 85772550 (TTAB 2013). Lead counsel for healthcare service provider in trademark opposition proceeding, achieving a favorable settlement.
Canadian Trade-mark Agent
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
B.S. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with honors
J.D. Univ. of Toledo, with honors
Board Member of CIFT (Center for Innovative Food Technology)
Board Member of Inspirations Early Learning Center