- J.D. (1991)
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology (1986)
State Bar of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Organizations & Affiliations
Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Association of Corporate Growth, president
Michigan Optimist Club
Kensington Community Church
Doug LaLone is a partner at the firm. He serves as chair of the firm’s Strategic IP Practice Group which counsels start-up companies, PE, VC and IB firms on intellectual property strategies, due diligence and portfolio management concerns. Doug works on both the buy and sell side of M&A transactions.
Doug has also successfully prosecuted and defended over 100 different Intellectual Property suits in numerous federal and state courts, and appeals before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. His cases have covered patent, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, domain name, non-compete, and copyright infringement claims. He is experienced in U.S. Customs seizure matters and negotiates licenses and release or destruction of seized counterfeit goods. The technology of these disputes covers machine processes, ecommerce, pumps, injection molding, thermoforming, fuel cells, storage systems, building designs and plans, music, artwork, manuals, software. Doug has successfully managed domain name and trademark litigation for major companies in the U.S. and abroad. He has prosecuted trademark applications and handled dozens of opposition proceedings in countries throughout the world. Doug also practices in domestic and foreign prosecution of patent applications on electromechanical and mechanical inventions, along with novelty, validity, freedom to practice investigations, licensing of technologies, and portfolio management.
Prior to joining Fishman Stewart, Doug was a named shareholder in his own intellectual property firm and a principal with another intellectual property law firm in Michigan. He also worked at Navistar International as an engineer in the body design department.
Doug has served as a judge for the Crain’s Detroit Business M&A Awards and he serves as president of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) – Detroit. Doug is a member of the Michigan District Optimist Club and is an active member of Kensington Community Church.