Andrea has over fifteen years of developing and managing domestic and international patent portfolios for startup companies, midsized companies, and Fortune 500 companies. She enjoys working with innovative companies, including in the fashion industry, and assisting clients in all aspects of their businesses.
Andrea practices all aspects of intellectual property law and specializes in U.S. and foreign intellectual property prosecution, Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) and patentability opinions, and combating counterfeiters. Andrea’s primary focus is patent prosecution in the areas of medical devices, computer science, and mechanical and electrical technologies. She also provides her clients with patentability and clearance opinions and assists them in combating counterfeiters.
Andrea specializes in international prosecution of patents and trademarks, including Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), international patent design applications before the Hague, and international trademark applications via the Madrid Protocol. She works with foreign associates on patent and trademark prosecution in over 50 countries.
Andrea handles intellectual property litigation, including Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Ex Parte Reexamination (EPR) proceedings.
University of MichiganComputer Engineering
University of WisconsinB.S., Biomedical Engineering
- Dean’s List
Marquette University Law SchoolJ.D.
- Senior Articles Editor for the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review
- Graduated with Distinction for Pro Bono Work
- Recognized on the Crain’s 2021 list of Notable Women in Law, 2021
- Best Lawyers in America®
- "Ones to Watch," Patent Law, 2021-2022
- Hi-Rez Studios, Inc.
- Advised clients dealing with knock-offs of their products being manufactured and sold by online. Specifically, Andrea devised a strategy to quickly obtain enforceable intellectual property rights for use in take-down notices and temporary restraining order (TRO) proceedings, resulting in the removal of the knock-off products from the websites and the restoration of the clients’ exclusivity to sell their products online. I also used the clients’ patents to invalidate the counterfeiters’ subsequent patents.
- Successfully represented a fashion company in negotiating with a producer to remove the client’s podcasts from various third-party websites and obtaining a registered trademark to remove additional infringing links.
- Handled Ex Parte Reexaminations (EPR) and Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings to invalidate patents asserted against various clients, which resulted in the invalidation and narrowing of the plaintiffs’ patent claims and settling the litigation cases.
- Represented a multi-million dollar company in an intellectual property litigation case to successfully dismiss the counterclaims asserted against our client.
- Supervised the acquisition of the international intellectual property portfolio of an automotive company and developed strategies to minimize the costs of the acquired rights. Andrea also provided a clearance opinion for the client to rebrand and obtained international intellectual property protection to secure the client’s rights in its new brand.
- Represented a client pro bono to negotiate a settlement agreement involving an unpaid rental of a business property, which was resolved favorably for the client without having to engage in litigation.
- Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court
- Notary Public, Oakland County
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association, CLE Chair
- Federal Bar Association
- The Oakland County Bar Association
- Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
- State Bar of Michigan
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Eastern District of Wisconsin
- Eastern District of Michigan
- Presenter, "Dickinson Wright & Gevers Academy," April 2022
- Author, "Freedom to Operate Opinions: What Are They, and Why Are They Important?," Dickinson Wright Industry Alert, March 2022
- Presenter, "Drafting Patent Applications to Withstand Post-Grant Proceedings," Advanced Patent Law Institute, November 2021
- Co-Host, The ROCC Pod, 2021, 2022
- Author, "5 Steps to Protect Your Intellectual Property," Texas CEO Magazine, October 21, 2021
- Presenter, "Protect Your Brand," MPOWER, October 2021
- Presenter, “Cancer & the Law: an Attorney’s Role in the Cancer Journey,” Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, May 2021
- Interview, China-Made Fake N95 Masks are Flooding Market, Here's What to Look For, Fox 2 News, February 2021
- Interview on Counterfeit Products and COVID-19, WWJ News Radio 950, February 2021
- "New Stimulus Bill Creates Small Claims Copyright Court," Dickinson Wright IP Brief Blog, January 2021
- "The Surprising Scope of European Design Patent Rights," Dickinson Wright IP Brief Blog, December 2020
- M&A Group Teleconference, Lawyers Associated Worldwide, September 2020
- "How to Grow and Protect Your Business In the Virtual World," Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce/Alpha Group, September 2020
- "Business Deals During the Crisis: Be Careful," The Feldman Report, August 2020
- "Closing a Business Deal Remotely? Know the Risk," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, August 2020
- "Black Lives Matter Murals: Intellectual Property vs. Real Property Rights," Dickinson Wright Client Alert, July 2020; Featured in New Matter, Volume 45, Number4, Winter 2020
- Co-Author, “Religious Institutions v. COVID-19: Why Religious Institutions Should Think Twice Before Live Streaming,” Dickinson Wright Client Alert, April 2020
- "Andrea Arndt, Acclaimed Patent Attorney Explains the Slipperiest Legal Slopes in Fashion," FashionCast, February 2020
- “The Scope of European Design Patent Rights,” January 2019
- "Issue Spotting Your Client's IP Issues" at the 11th Annual State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyer's Summit, June 2018
- “USPTO Patent Invalidation Mechanisms: What is the Best Option for Your Client?” November 2017
- “Don’t Be Legally Naked – Protect Your Designs” at Phoenix Fashion Week, October 2017
- “Global Patent Filing Strategy,” May 2017