Michael E. Dockins

Partner

Known as the “Gimmick Attorney®,” Mike is a registered patent attorney serving as intellectual property (IP) counsel for elite pro wrestlers, by helping them trademark their characters or “gimmicks”. Mike also represents college coaches, television personalities, and podcasters in the sports and entertainment industry. He works collaboratively with their agents, financial advisors, non-IP legal counsel, and accountants, to protect their past, present, and future brands and to ensure that their contracts provide well-considered protections given the risks and uncertainties endemic to the industry. These clients also rely upon Mike for advice on developing and implementing their estate plans, deferred compensation packages, philanthropic objectives, and participation in outside business ventures. Mike is also the host of the "Wrestling with the Law" podcast discussing the intersection of professional wrestling and the law.

In addition to Mike’s work in the sports industry, he is a chemical engineer and assists clients in patent, trademark, and copyright law, preparing and prosecuting patent applications in various technical arts, including chemical, material, and mechanical. Mike develops a thorough understanding of a client's specific technologies and overall business strategy, and assists them in outlining and implementing a proprietary rights strategy with a global perspective. Clients find Mike’s chemical engineering background invaluable. He earned a Baccalaureate of Science in chemical engineering with course work in polymer sciences, magna cum laude, from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from The University of Toledo. While at The University of Toledo, Mike also earned a certificate of concentration in intellectual property law and he served as a technical editor for The University of Toledo Law Review.

Recognized as a dedicated and communicative counselor, clients look to Mike for preparation of legal opinions in respect to patentability, infringement, patent validity, and freedom to practice. Furthermore, his practice consists of formulation and prosecution of trademark applications, trademark oppositions and cancellations, and litigation. His experience in-house has given him a comprehensive understanding of the challenges his clients face. He previously served as Intellectual Property Counsel for First Solar, Inc. and managed First Solar’s patent and trademark portfolios, developed and instituted corporate IP management policies, and negotiated a wide range of IP agreements.

Away from the office, Mike can be found traveling to new places with his wife and children. He also enjoys attending concerts, weightlifting, and watching and participating in a long list of sports.

Media Mentions

  • Mor-Dall Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Dark Horse Brewing Co. v. Dark Horse Distillery, LLC, et al., Case No. 1:13-cv-915-RHB (W.D. Mich. 2013).  Co- counsel for plaintiff brewing company in trademark infringement action; obtained a jury verdict of willful trademark infringement and personal liability for the infringement
  • Centrex Plastics, LLC v. Diversified Re-Packaging Corporation (d/b/a U.S. Merchants), Case No. 3:15-cv-968 (N.D. Ohio 2015), lead counsel for national container manufacturing company in a design patent infringement suit against a competitor manufacturing company; favorable settlement achieved through negotiations
  • Dame Enterprises, Ltd. v. Nippon Menard Cosmetics Co., Case No. 3:08-cv-2868 (N.D. Ohio 2008), lead counsel for beauty supply and service company in a trademark infringement suit against international beauty supply company; favorable settlement achieved after mediation
  • Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corporation v. Youtube, Inc., Char Hurley, and Steve Chen, Case No. 3:06-cv-2628 (N.D. Ohio 2006). co-counsel for a local equipment manufacturer in an unfair competition, trademark dilution, trespass to chattel, nuisance, deceptive trade practice, and copyright infringement action against a media company and its principals; favorable settlement achieved through negotiations
  • Bayer Healthcare, LLC v. Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Opposition No. 85772550 (TTAB 2013), lead counsel for health care service provider in trademark opposition proceeding, achieving a favorable settlement
  • Overview

    Known as the “Gimmick Attorney®,” Mike is a registered patent attorney serving as intellectual property (IP) counsel for elite pro wrestlers, by helping them trademark their characters or “gimmicks”. Mike also represents college coaches, television personalities, and podcasters in the sports and entertainment industry. He works collaboratively with their agents, financial advisors, non-IP legal counsel, and accountants, to protect their past, present, and future brands and to ensure that their contracts provide well-considered protections given the risks and uncertainties endemic to the industry. These clients also rely upon Mike for advice on developing and implementing their estate plans, deferred compensation packages, philanthropic objectives, and participation in outside business ventures. Mike is also the host of the "Wrestling with the Law" podcast discussing the intersection of professional wrestling and the law.

    In addition to Mike’s work in the sports industry, he is a chemical engineer and assists clients in patent, trademark, and copyright law, preparing and prosecuting patent applications in various technical arts, including chemical, material, and mechanical. Mike develops a thorough understanding of a client's specific technologies and overall business strategy, and assists them in outlining and implementing a proprietary rights strategy with a global perspective. Clients find Mike’s chemical engineering background invaluable. He earned a Baccalaureate of Science in chemical engineering with course work in polymer sciences, magna cum laude, from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from The University of Toledo. While at The University of Toledo, Mike also earned a certificate of concentration in intellectual property law and he served as a technical editor for The University of Toledo Law Review.

    Recognized as a dedicated and communicative counselor, clients look to Mike for preparation of legal opinions in respect to patentability, infringement, patent validity, and freedom to practice. Furthermore, his practice consists of formulation and prosecution of trademark applications, trademark oppositions and cancellations, and litigation. His experience in-house has given him a comprehensive understanding of the challenges his clients face. He previously served as Intellectual Property Counsel for First Solar, Inc. and managed First Solar’s patent and trademark portfolios, developed and instituted corporate IP management policies, and negotiated a wide range of IP agreements.

    Away from the office, Mike can be found traveling to new places with his wife and children. He also enjoys attending concerts, weightlifting, and watching and participating in a long list of sports.

    Media Mentions

  • Representative Matters
    • Mor-Dall Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Dark Horse Brewing Co. v. Dark Horse Distillery, LLC, et al., Case No. 1:13-cv-915-RHB (W.D. Mich. 2013).  Co- counsel for plaintiff brewing company in trademark infringement action; obtained a jury verdict of willful trademark infringement and personal liability for the infringement
    • Centrex Plastics, LLC v. Diversified Re-Packaging Corporation (d/b/a U.S. Merchants), Case No. 3:15-cv-968 (N.D. Ohio 2015), lead counsel for national container manufacturing company in a design patent infringement suit against a competitor manufacturing company; favorable settlement achieved through negotiations
    • Dame Enterprises, Ltd. v. Nippon Menard Cosmetics Co., Case No. 3:08-cv-2868 (N.D. Ohio 2008), lead counsel for beauty supply and service company in a trademark infringement suit against international beauty supply company; favorable settlement achieved after mediation
    • Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corporation v. Youtube, Inc., Char Hurley, and Steve Chen, Case No. 3:06-cv-2628 (N.D. Ohio 2006). co-counsel for a local equipment manufacturer in an unfair competition, trademark dilution, trespass to chattel, nuisance, deceptive trade practice, and copyright infringement action against a media company and its principals; favorable settlement achieved through negotiations
    • Bayer Healthcare, LLC v. Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Opposition No. 85772550 (TTAB 2013), lead counsel for health care service provider in trademark opposition proceeding, achieving a favorable settlement
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