Mike manages trademark portfolios of varying sizes, including very large portfolios consisting of thousands of U.S. and foreign trademark records. He has filed and prosecuted thousands of U.S. trademark applications and managed the filing, prosecution and maintenance of countless more foreign applications and registrations in over 200 jurisdictions worldwide. In addition, Mike has conducted thousands of availability searches and has substantial experience in managing and conducting worldwide naming projects and intellectual property due diligence. He has counseled and consulted with clients in the areas of trademark protection, enforcement, international brand strategy, brand expansion and licensing to maximize the value of their trademark portfolios. His expertise also includes managing, administering and conducting worldwide projects involving updating ownership records of large intellectual property portfolios.
Mike is a frequent lecturer on many topics of trademark law and has been a long-standing and active member of the International Trademark Association. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the Trademark Reporter published by the Trademark Association.
Mike has received numerous recognitions and awards in the trademark field, including the Top U.S. Trademark Filer award for several years. He is rated as “AV Preeminent,” has consistently held the “Super Lawyers” rating and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. He believes in nurturing and promoting a collaborative culture within his firm, which benefits both employees and clients.
Mike was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, on a U.S. Air Force base where his father was stationed as an Air Force Physician, holding the rank of Captain. Although Mike does not remember, his father reminds him that as a toddler he enjoyed wearing his father’s Air Force dress hat. Mike’s dad, an Ophthalmologist, also tells the story of when he performed cataract surgery on a local Alaskan trapper who was so grateful that the trapper gave him a bear skin (with head intact), which Mike’s dad (to his mother’s dismay) still cherishes today.
Professional Honors & Recognitions
- WTR 1000 – World’s Leading Trademark Professionals
- IP Stars, Trademark Star
- AV Preeminent Lawyer – Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 (Martindale-Hubbell)
- Best Lawyers® Detroit Area, Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2015, 2020
- Best Lawyers, 2012 – present
- Leading Lawyers – Copyright & Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law
- Super Lawyers (Michigan), 2006-2013, 2015 – present
- DBusiness Top Lawyers
Articles, Speaking Engagements, and Webinars
“Fishman Stewart is an excellent law firm that assists our company with our intellectual property matters. The attorneys at Fishman Stewart and Mike Fishman in particular, provide quality legal services in a timely fashion. They have provided us with intellectual property services for a number of years with utmost professionalism and their work is top notch. We highly recommend Fishman Stewart when we are asked for referrals for an IP law firm.”