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Craig A. Phillips

Education & Credentials


Hope College

B.S., 1997

University of Kansas School of Law

J.D., 2000

Bar Admission

  • Michigan2000

Representative Clients

  • A major consumer packaged goods company
  • Petronas
  • Visteon Corp.
  • Jervis B. Webb
  • TGW Logistics Group
  • Magna International, Inc.
  • KMT Robotic Solutions, Inc.

Prominent Assignments

Counsel to numerous clients on Intellectual Property related business transactions including non-disclosure, cooperation, joint development, research, joint venture, licensing, supply, acquisition, and divestiture agreements.

Counsel to various clients on a variety of Information Technology-related matters (including telecommunications), including drafting and negotiation of agreements, development and implementation of policies and procedures for the management of IT (including outsourcing-related issues), and counseling on license agreements, digital marketing, and social media metrics, relating to information technology that span multiple countries.

Counsel to a Fortune 100 company in numerous Information Technology related matters, including developing and implementing a ground-up global licensing strategy for a proprietary software products, as well as negotiation and documentation of various global enterprise IT transactions.

Counsel to a Fortune 100 company and other major apparel manufacturers on global branding, brand licensing, and digital marketing.

Counsel to a Fortune 500 telecommunications company in revising all customer product and service master agreements while addressing specific geographic and customer needs.

Created and established an Intellectual Property Management System for a Global 100 multinational (operations in 35 countries) Southeast Asia-based oil and gas company. Conducted on-site due diligence at numerous locations throughout Southeast Asia, including in-depth interview of key personnel as part of the development and implementation of the Intellectual Property Management System.

Counsel to a multinational Southeast Asia company for a joint engine development program with a major Japanese engine manufacturer.

Representing a Fortune 500 automotive supplier in quickly negotiating an acceptable license for installation of control systems software in a new factory, to allow the factory to meet desired ship dates for new products.

Counsel to a major health care insurance company in best practices for the development, deployment, and licensing of internally developed proprietary software, as well as structured the financing and licensing of over $185 million dollars of proprietary software.

Drafting and negotiation of an agreement with a major Indian company covering worldwide joint development, manufacturing, tooling and licenses.

Creation of a global IP strategy for a company providing health diagnostics, outbreak diagnostics, and disease records and medical databases over mobile devices, including drafting and negotiation of related development agreements, license agreements, finance agreements and technology agreements with major software vendors, mobile carriers and governmental development agencies.

Overseeing an OEM, tier one/lower tier purchase order/supply agreement terms and conditions, nondisclosure-nonanalysis agreements, product/technology development agreements and related matters.

Negotiating and preparing agreements with suppliers, customers, and development partners across the world and relating to technology and intellectual property on a wide variety of subject matters for an automotive OEM.

Counsel to clients on pre-litigation issues including indemnification, clearance reviews and design-around studies.

US Patent prosecution including drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the mechanical, electromechanical, materials, robotics and food related arts for various automotive, material handling, robotics and food manufacturers.

Drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts and licenses regarding design, development, maintenance, sale, warranty, and related matters associated with automotive vehicles, system and components at all levels; food products and processes; and software.

Counsel to a graphic artist for all legal and business aspects from the initial design, brand licensing, and placement of products with a major national retailer.

OEM, tier one, and lower tier purchase order and supply agreement terms and conditions, nondisclosure-nonanalysis agreements, product and technology development agreements and related matters.

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • American Chemical Society
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