Kevin J. Nilsen, PhD


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3001 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 624
Troy, MI 48084

P: 248-244-0170
F: 248-649-3338

Practice Areas


  • Michigan State College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2002
  • Rutgers University, Ph.D., Ceramic Science and Engineering/Chemistry Minor, 1988
  • Rutgers University, B.S. Ceramic Science and Engineering, with honors, 1984


  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Nilsen has nearly twenty-five years’ experience in intellectual property. He has industrial and patent experience in the chemical, engineering and material science fields. He is well-versed in all aspects of United States and global patent drafting and prosecution as well as freedom to practice matters, including a substantial EPO opposition practice. Dr. Nilsen is also proficient in intellectual property transactional agreements. He has worked on global intellectual property strategies for multi-billion-dollar businesses.

Industry Experience

From 1995 to 2019, Dr. Nilsen was a member of The Dow Chemical Company Legal Department where he provided counseling on intellectual property to a variety of Dow businesses, including Dow’s corporate functions, reporting directly to the Chief Patent Counsel, large core business, start-up businesses and ongoing market facing businesses. During his time at Dow, he worked on transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, licensing, joint development, joint venture, contract manufacturing, consulting, technical services, creative services, research services, consortium and settlement agreements. He also worked on creating, implementing, supporting and executing IP strategies for technologies including small organic molecule synthesis, chemical-material processes and apparatus, thermoplastic and thermoset polymers, polymer composites, ceramic-metal composites, ceramics, crystalline polymeric fibers, particulate filtration, cutting tools, 3D printing, gas separation, amines, mechanical devices, particulate filtration, catalysis, adhesives, ceramic synthesis and concrete.


Commercialization of 3D printing material in 2017 (team recognition).

Formation of Dow-Kokam in 2009 (team recognition).

Dow Inventor of the year award in 2006.

Team recognition for contributions to the concrete industry in 2002.

Inventor/coinventor of 9 US patents.


  • Chapter 19 Chemical Purification in Carbide, Nitride, and Boride Materials Synthesis and Processing, Ed. A. Weimer, Chapman and Hall, NY, 1997.
  • Chapter 20 Solids Dispersions in Liquids in Carbide, Nitride, and Boride Materials Synthesis and Processing, Ed. A. Weimer, Chapman and Hall, NY, 1997.

Professional Activities

  • OESA IP committee, 2008-2015
  • IPO antitrust committee 2015-2018