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Zachary W. Behler

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313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T 517.371.8323
F 517.371.8200

Overview

Based in the Lansing office, Zach Behler practices with the firm’s Business and Corporate Practice Group where he represents clients on a wide range of matters including:

  • Intellectual Property: Patent prosecution, patent infringement litigation, patent portfolio administration, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights.
  • Commercial Litigation: Business disputes, contracts, commercial torts and unfair trade practices.
  • Environmental Law: Environmental litigation, alternative energy, permitting and land use planning.
  • Municipal Law: Municipal litigation, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Open Meetings Act, land use and planning and condemnation.

Zach is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the State Bar of Wisconsin and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also one of few licensed patent attorneys in mid-Michigan. He handles all intellectual property matters such as patent infringement litigation, patent prosecution, patent portfolio administration, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights protection.

Zach earned both his B.A. in Chemistry and his B.A. in international relations with high honors from Michigan State University’s James Madison College in 2003. In 2006, he received his juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin College of Law with honors.

Active in alumni, community and legal organizations, Zach has presented as a panelist at James Madison College’s Alumni Law Night, Michigan State Law School and Michigan State’s Global Business Club. He has also served as a mentor through the MSU College of Law IP Start-Up Project, is a founding member of the Winter of the Beard, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization mission that provided veterans support services in the Metro Detroit Area and is co-president of Woldemar Nature Center.

Additionally, he is a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Association, the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys and the Michigan Defense Trial Council.

Honors & Recognitions

Michigan Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2013-2016

Affiliations

Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • Marketing Committee Member, Michigan IT Network
  • Winter of the Bear Inc., founding member
  • Woldemar Nature Center, co-president
  • Grand River Connection
  • James Madison Alumni Association
  • Michigan State Honors College Alumni Association

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Served as lead counsel for inventors in a case involving claims of breach of partnership and contract. The case settled after mediation.
  • Served as lead defense counsel in Federal District Court for the Southern District of California for Square One Industries, Inc in MOTION WATER SPORTS, INC. v. RONIX, INC. 10-CV-2480-IEG. The case settled after mediation.
  • Served as lead defense counsel in Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan for Redmer Industries, Inc in CAREY J. BOOTE v. REDMER INDUSTRIES, INC. 1:11-CV-00490-JTN. The case settled on favorable terms.
  • Served as lead defense counsel in Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas for Diglink Computers in CROSSROAD SYSTEM, INC. v. POSTVISION, INC. ET AL 09-CV-00879-SS.  The case settled after a Markman Hearing on favorable terms.
  • Served as lead defense counsel in Federal District Court for the Southern District of California for Diglink Computers in DATA NETWORK STORAGE, LLC. v. ABERDEEN, INC. ET AL 08-CV-0658-MMA.  The case settled on favorable terms.
  • Served as local counsel in Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for Shock Doctor, Inc in WARRIOR SPORTS, INC. v. SHOCK DOCTOR, INC. 07-cv-12615-RHC-MKM.  The case settled on favorable terms.
  • Obtained reinstatement for employees who were prohibited from performing their jobs after being wrongfully accused of a commercial theft.
  • Helped to obtain partial reversal of a trial court injunction which prohibited the discharge of treated ground water as part of a crude oil cleanup project.
  • Successfully settled a lawsuit on behalf of a village to recover $90,000 for damage to village-owned land caused by a forest fire.
 
 PATENTS
  • 9,381,421 - Goalie pad
  • 9,352,810 - Camber wakeboard
  • 9,266,007 - Goalie skate
  • D707,786 - Fly swatter
  • D679,893 - Shirt
  • D671,465 - Promotional sun shield 
  • D662,015 - Promotional sun shield 
  • D640,961 - Promotional sun shield 
  • D636,270 - Gift container 
  • D635,608 - Eyeglass ornament 
  • D626,790 - Popcorn bucket lid 

Communications

Publications

News & Events

News

Speaking Engagements

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Education

University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2006 with Honors
   - Order of the Coif

Michigan State University, B.A., 2003,
   -Chemistry, with High Honors
   -International Relations, with High Honors

Bar and Court Admissions

Michigan

Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

IP Basics
Patent Basics