Cary Brooks

Of Counsel / vCard

3001 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, Michigan 48084

P: 248-649-3333
F: 248-649-3338

Practice Areas


Michigan State University,
J.D., 1985

Michigan State University,
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 1979


State of Michigan

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Court

United States Supreme Court

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Mr. Brooks has over 30 years’ experience practicing patent law. Prior to joining Young Basile, he was the founder and managing partner of the BrooksGroup. Mr. Brooks has extensive experience in both prosecution and litigation of intellectual property matters. Mr. Brooks was a shareholder in a midsize law firm prior to starting the BrooksGroup. He also worked for 16 years as a patent attorney for General Motors Corporation where his responsibilities included patent preparation and prosecution, infringement opinions, licensing, acquisitions and divestitures, and major litigation. He served as an instructor for four and a half years in a nationally renowned seminar teaching his peers techniques and strategies for crafting and drafting winning patents.

Industry Experience

Mr. Brooks’ experience includes engine powertrain systems, engine breathing systems, turbochargers, friction materials, fuel cell systems including reformation and purification equipment, semiconductor devices and processes of making the same including packaging and handling chips, printed circuit boards, tape automated bonding and flexible circuitry, thick film circuits and compositions, wire bonding, etching, film deposition and ion implantation techniques, gold dot micro-connections, ceramics, electrical connectors and electrical distribution systems, electrorheological and magnetorheological fluids, cubic boron nitride and indium arsenide films, jet engine turbine blades and component manufacture, automotive exhaust systems and convertors and oxygen sensors, lithium ion batteries, metallurgical systems, software, chemiluminescent and fluorescent reagents and diagnostic techniques, monoclonal and polyclonal antibody techniques, cytotoxicity assays, immunodiagonstic reagents and kits, immunostimulants, pharmaceuticals, medical instruments, adhesives, organic and inorganic coatings, paints, and machines and mechanical devices.


Mr. Brooks was voted by his peers as one of the top lawyers in intellectual property law in the Metro Detroit Area and in America for numerous years (Top Lawyers – dBusiness, and Best Lawyers in America).

Mr. Brooks has been a serious student of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit throughout his career and uses his knowledge gained thereby to not only provide exceptional service to clients but also to provides seminars to a variety of select audiences including corporations, general practice firms, CPA firms, business and professional groups, and foreign associates.


Patent Law Day, Michigan State University 2004, “Alarming Number of Ways to Create Prosecution History Estoppel and Prosecution Disclaimer”
• Instructor – Patent Resources Group, Inc. “Drafting and Prosecuting Winning Patents Workshop” 2001-2004
• “Overview of Noninfringement Opinions” Michigan State Bar Journal, August, 2004
• “Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law – 1997” State Bar of Michigan/ICLE
• “Preparing Patent Opinions” Presented at the Michigan State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Seminar, 1994
• “More on Equivalents” 76 JPTOS 620-621 August 1994
• “Equitable Triggers for Invoking the Doctrine of Equivalents” 76 JPTOS 220-228 March 1994
• “Product-by-Process Claims in Light of Recent Court Decisions”, Presented at the Michigan State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section Spring Seminar, 1993
• “Comment: In re Dillon en Banc” 32 IDEA No. 3, 229-308 (1992)
• “Comment: Rehearing of In re Dillon in Banc” 72 JPTOS 1044 (Nov 1990)
• “Corning Glass Works, Functional Limitations, and the All Elements Rule” 71 JPTOS 889 (Nov 1989)

Professional Activities

Mr. Brooks’ professional experience also includes positions as patent counsel at BASF Corporation’s Coating and Inks Division and Chemical Division; and Patent Attorney Executive at General Motors. Mr. Brooks also was a shareholder at Reising Ethington; and an associate with Barnes, Kisselle, Raisch, Choate, Whittemore & Hulbert.