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Darrin A. Auito

Darrin A. Auito

  • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks
  • Michigan, USPTO
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I am an intellectual property attorney with over 14 years of experience focused on strategic counseling, patent prosecution (mechanical, electrical, software, design), IP litigation, counterfeit, unfair competition, licensing, branding, and corporate due diligence.

I am registered to practice before the United States Patent Office (USPTO) (Reg. No. 56,024) and admitted to practice in the State of Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Over the years, I have prepared, filed and prosecuted thousands of U.S. and foreign patent applications in fields such as automotive, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, drones, AI, medical devices, manufacturing systems, mobile payments, sporting equipment, solar, and heat exchangers.

I serve on the Business Growth Council (BGC) and on the Advisory Board of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC) in Washington DC - influential voices for entrepreneurship and small business growth in the United States and across the globe. I have also advised, invested in, and represented several successful technology startups (mobile payments, UAV, blockchain).

Prior to forming HEA, I was an equity partner for several years at a former top 25 intellectual property firm in Washington DC, where I divided my time between patent prosecution and litigation. Prior to that, I was a project engineer at Applied Safety & Ergonomics, Inc., an engineering consulting firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
J.D. | Law
Case Western Reserve University
MBA | Business
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
M.S. (2000) | Engineering
Honors: NIOSH Fellowship Recipient
Kettering University
B.S. | Engineering
Professional Experience
Strategic Technology Advisor
Airgility, Inc.
- Current
Airgility™ is a leading designer and manufacturer of patent pending, hybrid, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that offer broad operational impact and logistics.
- Current
I am a founding partner of HEA Law, PLLC and counsel clients of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to startups, on intellectual property (IP) and business law matters. My practice is focused on management and monetization of IP portfolios, preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, advising on freedom-to-operate matters, IP litigation (PTAB, ITC, District Court), and branding. I have prepared, filed and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and foreign patent applications in fields such as automotive, autonomous vehicles, drones, artificial intelligence, medical devices, robotics, manufacturing systems, mobile payments, sporting equipment, solar, and energy. In addition, I have represented clients as lead and local counsel in state and federal courts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) on patent (including design) and trademark matters.
Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP.
Intellectual property litigation, including §337 investigations. Intellectual property asset management.
Speaking Engagements
Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade Secrets, Engineering Law & Ethics, Fairfax, Virginia
HalfMoon Education, Inc.
Understanding 35 USC 102(a) and (b) - Post AIA, Taipei, Taiwan
Indefiniteness: Post Nautilus v Biosig Instruments, Tokyo, Japan
Cuozzo Decision Resolves Issues Which Have Emerged From AIA Post Issuance Reviews, Honyaku Center - IP Seminar, Tokyo, Japan
Honyaku Center, Inc.
Recent CAFC Decisions Concerning Patent Prosecution Impact on Claim Construction, Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) - IP Seminar, Nagasaki, Japan
Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA)
Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies Using Utility Patents, Design Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, Chizai Corporation - IP Seminar, Tokyo, Japan
Chizai Corporation
Patent Invalidity Procedures Under the AIA, Japan Machinery Center for Trade and Investment (JMC), Tokyo, Japan
Japan Machinery Center for Trade and Investment (JMC)
The Role of Intellectual Property in Your Business, University of Wyoming College of Business, Laramie, Wyoming
University of Wyoming College of Business
The KSR Impact on Obviousness, Tokyo Medical & Dental University, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Medical & Dental University
Discovery Issues in U.S. Patent Litigation, Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), Washington, DC
Tokyo Medical & Dental University
Professional Associations
Kettering University Alumni Chapter - Washington, DC
- Current
The Tower Club - Tysons Corner
Membership Committee - Ambassador
- Current
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC)
Advisory Board
- Current
Activities: Intellectual Property Advisor
Michigan State Bar # 67472
- Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
Additional Practice Area
  • Copyright
  • English: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
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Telephone: (571) 933-6437