About Alex Salmu

“Intellectual property meshes innovation, development, and branding
to give its owner a competitive edge in the ever-changing market. It
takes actionable intelligence and an experienced team to frame an
effective, strategic boundary for asset protection and risk

In supporting global intellectual property efforts at a tier one automotive supplier located in Michigan, Alex Salmu also advises clients in all areas of intellectual property. Alex also assists in patentability assessments, geographic extension advice, and portfolio pruning decisions. Prior to his experience there, Alex performed mechanical and medical device technology searches and wrote patentability opinions for the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) as the receiving office for Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) international applications. The International Search Authority was a contractor to the USPTO. His years of experience as a mechanical engineer and as an attorney since 2011 provide clients with a unique blend of pragmatic, yet creative solutions.

Alex has worked with engineers, inventors, managers, directors, and other executives to establish viable invention disclosures and regularly counsels in strategic portfolio development. He has experience reviewing and drafting joint venture, joint ownership, technology transfer, patent licensing, assignment, trademark, non-disclosure, distribution, and other intellectual property agreements.

Areas Of Expertise

Here is a sampling of clients Alex has represented in litigation and dispute resolution matters:

  • Consumer product searches and patentability opinions
  • Automotive and cross-technology product searches and patentability reports
  • Patent search for a start-up organization focusing on green technology, patent application filing, and aid in prosecution until grant
  • Trademark search, application, and prosecution for successful registration
  • Medical and dental device product searches and patentability opinions
  • Clearance opinions related to proposed trademarks and products
  • Litigation support, especially discovery, for patent infringement lawsuit


  • J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • M.S., University of Michigan
  • B.S., Oakland University

Court Admissions & Licensure

  • USPTO-Registered Patent Attorney
  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


  • State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property Law Section Member
  • Oakland County Bar Association Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association Member


  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer


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