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Charles W. Kocher II


A member of Dickinson Wright’s Troy office, Charles (Chip) focuses his practice on intellectual property, specifically patent and trademark law, assisting clients around the world in the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications. Prior to practicing law, Chip was trained as an intern in the Dickinson Wright PLLC Intellectual Property Academy. He also worked in the automotive industry and gained significant professional experience with Chrysler Group LLC in audio and telematics, powertrain electronics, and active chassis control systems.

As a product engineer for Chrysler, Chip led component development of the audio amplifier for the Ram pickup and other vehicle lines and facilitated reactive quality improvements for amplifiers. He also successfully launched an electronically controlled coupling (ECC) controller and assisted with the product release of a tire pressure monitoring system for multiple vehicle platforms. He completed the two-year Chrysler Institute of Engineering (CIE) program gaining experience in-vehicle information systems, telematics, powertrain electronics, as well as experience at the Sterling Heights Assembly plant and Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) lab.

Today, Chip leverages his experience to help his clients maximize and protect their intellectual property.

Education & Credentials


The Ohio State University

B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2001

Oakland University

M.S., Electrical Engineering, 2003

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2013
  • cum laude
  • Bronze Key Certificate Recipient for academic achievement

Bar Admission

  • Michigan


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • “Ones to Watch”, Intellectual Property Law, 2023-2024

Prominent Assignments

Patent application preparation and prosecution worldwide, including significant experience in the following technologies:

  • Automotive suspensions and braking systems
  • Home energy management systems
  • Metal forming and joining technologies

Patentability searches and opinions

Patent infringement analysis and clearance searches

Trademark opinions and applications

IP due diligence support

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