Attorneys & Agents

Eric M. Dobrusin

Founding Shareholder


With more than thirty-five years of experience, Eric M. Dobrusin concentrates his practice on patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with particular emphasis in the fields of materials science (including plastics, ceramics, metals, and electronic materials), biomedical, food processing and packaging, and automotive technologies.

Eric has been active through the years in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for intellectual property disputes. He has served in United States District Court patent litigation as a Special Master and as a mediator in multiple intellectual property proceedings. Eric has been an author of all editions of “Intellectual Property Culture: Strategy and Compliance” (LexisNexis) and “Intellectual Property Litigation – Pretrial Practice” (Wolters Kluwer).

In 2023, Michigan Lawyers WeeklyTM selected Eric as a member of its Hall of Fame Class of 2023. In 2013, Michigan Lawyers WeeklyTM named Eric one of its “Leaders in the Law,” and he has received numerous peer recognition honors, including SuperLawyers®, Best Lawyers®, and DBusiness Magazine Top Lawyers. He previously served as the President of the Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.

Eric currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Technion Society, and on the International Board of Governors of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He also is the Chair-Elect of the nonprofit Common Ground, which provides mental health-oriented services for individuals in crisis.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1988
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1988
  • University of Michigan, College of Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, cum laude, 1985

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame, 2023
  • Michigan Super Lawyers®, 2006 to present
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers in Intellectual Property and Patent Law, 2011 to present
  • The Best Lawyers® in America, Patent Law, 2007 to present
  • Lawyer of the Year in Patent Law, Troy (2016 and 2018) and Detroit (2014)
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Leader in the Law,” 2013
  • Crain’s Detroit Business, “40 Under 40”, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Past President, Michigan Intellectual Property Chapter of the American Inns of Court
  • Past Member, Council of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan