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Gregory D. DeGrazia

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Education

University of Detroit Mercy Law School, J.D., 1999

University of Detroit, M.B.A., 1994

Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science, chemical engineering, 1987

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Greg DeGrazia's practice focuses on the protection of trade secrets and intellectual property throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. He has significant experience in intellectual property matters that arise in mergers and acquisitions, patent and trademark prosecution, licensing and litigation in industries that include automated and connected vehicles, automotive, manufacturing, chemical and environmental.

Greg has practical, real-world experience from the first decade of his career, during which he was an automotive manufacturing engineer working in manufacturing, design release and advanced materials development. This experience affords him perspective that his clients find invaluable.

Representative Matters

Greg has more than a decade of experience in engineering across industries that include: automotive, advanced paint and material engineering, manufacturing and interior design. Specific experience includes:

  • Prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent and trademark applications to establish international intellectual property portfolios
  • Domestic and international intellectual property litigation
  • Negotiation of license agreements for domestic and foreign rights to intellectual property
  • Drafting and negotiating joint-development agreements
  • Negotiating licensing agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions matters
  • Protection and recovery of intellectual property through federal bankruptcy proceedings

Honors

Named as "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine

Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014

Named 2013 IP Star by Euro Money Magazine

Speeches

"IP Trends Impacting the Supply Base," The Automotive Supplier's Legal Guide to 2018: Buckle Up and Get Ready for Rapid Change, OESA seminar, Troy, Michigan, February 7, 2018

"International Intellectual Property Strategies," Emerging Intellectual Property Legal Trends for 2017 and Beyond, OESA seminar, Troy, Michigan, November 7, 2017

"Trade Secret Protection (What are you missing?)," Navigating the Intersection of Today's Automotive IP and IT, OESA seminar, Troy, Michigan, September 27, 2016

"Technology Trends - Joint agreements and IP ownership," Legal Trends to Watch in 2016, OESA briefing, February 16, 2016

"Innovation Track: Spotlight on Southern Centers of Innovation," Southern Automotive Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, October 29, 2015

"Navigating the Changing Tides of Litigation in Autonomous Vehicle Technology," Automotive Suppliers Intellectual Property Symposium, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 3, 2015

"Will the Infringement Phone Wars Be Coming to Detroit?," IP Insights for a New Era of Innovation, Novi, Michigan, June 3, 2015

"Society of Automotive Engineers Conference 2014," Dearborn, Michigan, September 14, 2014

"The New Big Three? Technology driving the future of automobiles," Webinar, July 31, 2014

"How the 'America Invents Act' is Changing the Automotive Industry," Intellectual Property Best Practices: Protecting and Strengthening Your Competitive Advantage, Troy, Michigan, June 11, 2014

Mergers & Acquisitions Panel, Crain's General and In-House Counsel Summit, Detroit, Michigan, April 16, 2013

Publications

"The Brexit Effect on the UK Patent and Trademark Environment," January 25, 2017

"Collaborating on Engineering is Key, but Presents IP Ownership Issues," January 14, 2015