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I am an engineer and an attorney, but I like to think of myself as primarily a finder of solutions for business opportunities. Whether those solutions relate to manufacturing, business, or protecting your intellectual property, I have the education, experience, and expertise to find the right solutions for your business and to help you find opportunities you may not know exist. 

My Approach

I believe that communication is the most important part of my job as your counsel and business partner. It is vitally important that you are counseled not only on what your legal and business options are, but why those options are available and how those options affect your business in clear, concise, and understandable language, both to protect your business from external forces and to help further the mission of your business. It is my responsibility to stay up to date on the latest legal changes surrounding innovation and to update and adjust my counsel to you based on those changes, which, in some areas, happen very rapidly. 

More About Me

I still like to think of myself as an engineer, but it is no longer buzzes, squeaks, and rattles that I am finding solutions to using conventional tools, but rather innovation, protection and other business opportunities that I am finding solutions to using legal tools.  I have been the engineer with no time to draft an invention disclosure form and the in-house counsel with no budget to spend on important legal matters. I know the pressures and constraints from your perspective and understand the importance of finding practical solutions that balance legal and business considerations.  

I am originally from Michigan where I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering. Of course, when you graduate in Michigan with an engineering degree the auto industry calls your name. I answered that call, but I always knew there was something more I wanted to do. After nearly a decade as an engineer, I completed law school and became a registered patent attorney, which allows me to continue using my knowledge and experience in engineering to help protect the important innovations happening in your business. 

My Specialties

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Development Agreements
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Aviation
  • AgTech
  • StartUp

Who Owns the Rights to Content Created by Artificial Intelligence Generators?

09-21-2023 It is an open question as to who owns the rights to content that is at least in part generated by Artificial Intelligence. This could include a Large Language Model (LLM) such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Microsoft’s Bing LLM, and Google’s Bard, or could be an AI image generator such as OpenAI’ DALL-E 2 or DeepAI. While there is no easy answer, the bottom...
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BrownWinick Welcomes Attorney Daniel Blakeslee to the Firm

03-23-2023 BrownWinick Law Firm recently welcomed Daniel Blakeslee to our legal team, bringing his considerable skills as an intellectual property (IP) attorney to the firm. With over a decade of experience in IP law, Daniel has developed a reputation as a skilled and innovative attorney, with a deep understanding of the complexities of this field. He has...
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Western Michigan University 

B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, 1999


Thomas M. Cooley Law School

J.D., 2010


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2009;

Michigan, 2010;

Iowa, 2017

Memberships & Associations

  • American IP Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Iowa IP Law Association (IIPLA, Past President)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Iowa State Bar Association