J. Douglas Miller

Partner, Intellectual Property Practice Co-Administrator

A registered professional engineer in the State of Ohio and a registered patent attorney licensed in the State of Ohio and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Doug understands his clients’ business, technology, and has the advocacy skills to help develop, manage, and protect their intellectual assets.

Known by colleagues and clients alike for the exceptional quality of his work and for making dry legal issues more interesting, Doug offers comprehensive intellectual property (IP)-related service. He regularly counsels clients from a broad range of industries in a variety of patent-related matters, including:

  • Prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications
  • Infringement studies
  • Clearance studies
  • Freedom-to-operate studies
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade secrets
  • Technology transfer
  • Transactional matters
  • Related IP matters

In addition, clients draw on his extensive experience in a variety of technologies, including:

  • Fuel cell systems
  • Battery systems
  • Casting systems and processes
  • Forging systems and processes
  • Metal forming systems and processes
  • Blow molding systems and processes
  • Automotive components
  • Climate control systems
  • Compressors
  • Heat exchangers
  • Block fittings
  • Seals
  • Bearings
  • Shafts
  • Fins
  • Lubrication
  • Driveline components
  • Optics
  • Noise control and abatements
  • Tubing
  • Valves
  • Refrigerants
  • Fluid transfer
  • Interiors
  • Electronics
  • Lighting
  • Hospital and medical equipment

An innovative lawyer, Doug takes a particular interest in startups. He also frequently speaks on emerging technologies, such as blockchain and other general IP issues.

Prior to joining Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Doug was a founding member of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller, LLC. Before practicing law, Doug worked as environmental manager and solvent recovery system manager for a chemical compounding facility, and a project engineer in the chemical process group of a global engineering consulting firm.

In addition to Doug’s busy practice, he is an avid scuba diver, having completed several hundred dives all over the world. He also has a passion for anything outdoors and is a student of primitive survival techniques. 

  • Serves as lead outside U.S. IP counsel for a $5.6 billion auto parts manufacturer
  • Serves as lead IP counsel for a $50 million electrical components manufacturer
  • Serves as lead IP counsel for a $40 million cleaning, maintenance, and safety products company
  • Serves as lead IP counsel for a $35 million finished plastics company
  • Served as lead IP counsel for a $250 thousand+ clearance to operate study for new product launch