William J Hurles

William J. Hurles


Mr. Hurles focuses his practice on intellectual property law, primarily in patent law with an emphasis on the mechanical arts. He represents numerous firm clients from a variety of fields, including the automotive industry. He provides patent prosecution support at all stages, including the preparation of patent applications, responses and appeal briefs. He also conducts patentability and clearance searches, provides patentability opinions, patent validity opinions, freedom to operate opinions, and patent infringement opinions. Additionally, he supports clients in U.S. post grant patent challenging proceedings, including Ex-Parte Reexaminations and Inter Partes Reviews. Beyond his patent work, he also provides legal opinions and registration support for trademarks and copyrights.

Outside of his primary practice, Mr. Hurles volunteers his time to participate in panel discussions and informational sessions on intellectual property issues with students, start-up companies and non-profit organizations. He also represents the firm’s pro bono clients in intellectual property related matters.

Education & Credentials


Michigan State University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2008

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2014
  • Dean’s Scholar

Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Prominent Assignments

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

  • Automotive systems including powertrain, suspension, brake, closure, cooling and HVAC systems
  • Car wash systems
  • LED lighting systems
  • Medical devices, including cancer detection systems and catheters
  • Consumer products
  • Houseware products

Patentability searches and opinions

Freedom to operate opinions

Patent validity opinions

Patent infringement opinions

Ex Parte Reexamination proceedings

Inter Partes Review proceedings

Patent litigation support, such as developing invalidity and non-infringement positions

Trademark opinions and applications

Copyright opinions and applications

Intellectual property portfolio management

Professional Involvement

  • Registered patent practitioner 

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)

Prior Professional Experience

  • Dickinson Wright PLLC; Intellectual Property Academy; 2010-2014
  • Siemens Energy, Inc.; Engineering Development Program - gas and steam turbine service engineering; 2009-2010
  • Chrysler, LLC; Manufacturing Engineering Intern; Summers of 2006, 2007 and 2008


  • Presentation on Intellectual Property topics and Panelist for discussion at Write-A-House “Fortify Writers Retreat” event, Detroit, MI 2018
  • Panelist for intellectual property discussion at ASPIRE “Accelerating Startup Partnership and Investment Readiness” event, Detroit, MI 2017
  • Presentation on “Intellectual Property for Engineers & Entrepreneurs” at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 2014–2015
  • Presentation on "Design Patent Challenging Tools" to Dickinson Wright clients, Troy, MI 2018
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