Corey J. Neil

Of Counsel

A member of Dickinson Wright’s Intellectual Property group, Corey focuses his practice on preparing and prosecuting domestic patent applications in the mechanical arts, providing freedom-to-operate opinions as well as aspects of licensing and contract negotiation. Based on his experience working in-house for multiple Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, he understands the business aspects and the commercial realities of intellectual property and how it affects his clients’ goals.

He has extensive experience providing data to clients that strengthens their position in determining whether to patent an inventive concept. He also helps clients determine whether or not they have the freedom to operate and state of the art in a specific market. Corey leverages his searching and engineering background to evaluate risk and recommend appropriate, cost-effective steps when questions of freedom to operate arise.

Additionally, Corey was an engineer at an automotive supplier and the lead technical interface for a Detroit-based OEM. He now uses his technical knowledge and experience as an engineer to successfully navigate the internal pressures clients face at their companies to allocate resources and develop creative solutions to complex problems.

Education & Credentials


Kettering University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Wayne State University School of Law

  • Vice President of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Student editor for the Michigan International Lawyer


Bar Admission

  • Michigan


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • "Ones to Watch," Patent Law, 2024

Professional Involvement

  • Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Associate Member

Community Involvement

  • Detroit Economic Club, Career Readiness Academy, Young Leader Captian
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