Michael J. Schmidt (Mike)

Principal / Detroit Metro Office

Mike advises on procurement related issues involving both U.S. and international patent rights. An intellectual property lawyer in his third decade of practice, Mike remains focused on the filing, prosecution and maintenance of both domestic and foreign patents involving mechanical systems.

A substantial portion of Mike’s clients include global corporations based in Japan, such as DENSO Corporation. Mike also provides representation for numerous Japanese law firms filing applications in the United States. Mike understands the cultural and business aspects of working for and doing business with Japanese businesses. He is particularly skilled in bridging the gap when it comes to communication, including explaining the rejections by U.S. Examiners in office actions in a way that makes sense to Japanese clients.

Mike’s clients appreciate his commitment to following their often very specific needs and instructions when it comes to the delivery of global legal services. They particularly value his dedication to going above and beyond their expectations on a regular basis.

Mike worked as an engineer for several major companies before and during law school. At the Saginaw Division of General Motors Corporation, Mike designed and developed steering, suspension and driveline components such as ball joints, intermediate shafts and constant velocity joints. At GKN Automotive Inc., Mike worked as the Director of Engineering, where he developed driveline systems, as well as served as their in-house patent counsel before joining Harness Dickey.


J.D., Wayne State University, 1983

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, General Motors Institute, 1971

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office