Dean has been lead litigator in patent, trademark and trade secret cases in multiple jurisdictions including U.S. District Courts, the International Trade Commission, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Federal Circuit, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and state courts. He has worked with and successfully defended Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller clients against allegations of wrongdoing. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications relating to software, business methods and mechanical arts. He also prosecutes trademarks including oppositions and cancellations of registrations. Dean litigates domain name disputes and prepares IP agreements including settlement and licensing agreements. He prepares legal opinions including freedom to practice and invalidity opinions.
Dean was selected as a Michigan 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Patent by The Best Lawyers in America® and as a Michigan 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Intellectual Property. He is also included in the 2015-2017 edition of Leading Lawyers at Lawyers.com®. Dean has been selected by dbusiness Magazine as a Top Lawyer and as a 2015-2017 IP Star by Managing IP Magazine. He has been awarded Best for Copyright & Trademark Law by Acquisitions International. Dean has an AV (preeminent) rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Dean’s publication, IP Strategies for Business Managers, provides practical advice for protecting IP and avoiding infringement. He contributed to the national publication, Inside the Minds: Litigation Strategies for Intellectual Property Cases (2012, Thomson Reuters) on topics including patent eligibility of software and business methods, trade secret case strategies, and discovery of electronically stored information (ESI). Dean is a frequent speaker on IP topics including: IP Patent Camp at the MidMichigan Innovation Center (3 years running); IP Webinar for VetBizCentral; IP Talk at TechTown Detroit; IP Talk at DC3S; and IP Talk [Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about IP But Were Afraid to Ask] through Midland Tomorrow in cooperation with Northwood University during Entrepreneurship Week.
Dean brings an entrepreneurial spirit to his work and enjoys sharing in his clients’ successes. He is also committed to keeping open communication with his clients and is readily available to answer his client’s questions.
In his spare time Dean enjoys traveling with his wife Laurie and two sons. He also enjoys running and working on his 1969 Dodge Charger RT SE. Dean is the inventor on four patents relating to an electronic securities trading system including U.S. Patent Nos. 8,788,398, 8,175,956, 7,552,085 and 7,356,499.
Dean has worked with his partner Bob Giroux at other firms spanning over twenty-five years. He knows Bob as an outstanding trial attorney and is proud to join a firm built on honesty, trust and respect. Bob and Dean share the same goal of providing outstanding legal services and unparalleled client support.