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Eric J. Sosenko



West Virginia University College of Law, J.D.
West Virginia University, B.S.
  • Mechanical Engineering

Prior Employment

  • Brinks Gilson & Lione, Shareholder, 2005-2015; Counsel, 2001-2004
  • Harness, Dickey and Pierce, Principal, 1996-2001; Associate, 1989-1996

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association

  • Patent Law Committee
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty Issues Committee

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

State Bar of Michigan

  • Intellectual Property Law Section, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Section

Washtenaw County Bar Association

  • Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Co-chairperson 1995-1996 and 2000-2001
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Mr. Sosenko is an intellectual property attorney with more than 25 years of experience focusing his practice on patent and trademark procurement, product and mark clearance, and related transactions. He has a vast understanding of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark law, including extensive experience in international protection under multinational treaties.

  • Represents large domestic and foreign companies, as well as local start-ups and second-stage companies in a wide variety of technical fields, including mechanical, electro-mechanical, medical and material arts
  • Counsels clients on the strategic implementation and management of domestic and international intellectual property portfolios
  • Drafts and prosecutes patents in a variety of technical areas, including automotive technology; compressors, evaporators and related systems; manufacturing, molding and packaging machinery; consumer products; sporting goods; plastic containers; medical devices; glazing technology processes; plasma coating; injection molding (plastics and semi-solid metals) and blow molding; and fluid handling
  • Renders freedom-to-operate, non-infringement and validity opinions of varying analytical depth and complexity
  • Prepares guidance and risk assessment in connection with design around strategies to avoid infringement
  • Counsels clients on trademark selection and branding for new products and services


  • Defended Shanghai Xing Te Hao in suit for infringement of plaintiff's hand tool patent; Black & Decker Inc., et al. v Shanghai Xing Te Hao Industrial Co. Ltd., et al., Case No. 02 C 4615 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Settled action against Sidel for infringement of patent on logic controlled plastic molding machine; Milacron Inc. v. Sidel S.A., et al., Civil Action No. 01-71888 (E.D. Mich.)
  • Defended Uniloy Milacron in suit for infringement of plaintiff's patent for blow molding machine equipment; Sidel v. Uniloy Milacron Inc., et al., 61 USPQ2d 1480 (N.D. Ga., 2001)
  • Settled action against Asian Metals for infringement of patent on particulate feedstock for semi-solid metal injection molding; Thixomat Incorporated v. Asian Metals and Alloys Corp., Civil Action: 01C 0486 C (W.D. Wisc.)


Odyssey of the Mind

  • Coach, 2001-2005

Fairland Subdivision Association

  • Treasurer, 2013-2015

Cub Scouts of America

  • Cub Master, 2010-2011
  • Den Leader, 2007-2011

Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce

  • Morning Edition Planning Committee, 2005-2007
    • Program Chair, 2007

Leadership Ann Arbor, 2004-2005

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Seminars & Events


  • Managing Intellectual Property
    • Recognized as an "IP Star," 2013-2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2017
    • Named Ann Arbor Patent Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2015 and 2017
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2011
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2014 and 2015