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Charles E. Burpee

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  • Grand Rapids

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Chuck Burpee is a patent attorney who counsels some of the world's most innovative companies and individuals. Chuck's engineering background and his love of all things technical provide a strong foundation for his law practice. He's passionate about helping clients who are on the leading edge of technology to develop intellectual property strategies that align with their business goals. Clients praise Chuck's ability to create synergy between business people and technical people who often use different terminology and who approach issues from different perspectives. "Chuck took the time to learn our business, which made him very valuable for intellectual property matters. I can talk to him in technical terms, which is very important to me." The director of research and development at a publicly traded, global leader in color science and technology said: "His knowledge of IP and patent law is extensive and he consistently develops sound strategies for protecting new ideas and inventions."


  • University of Michigan B.S.E. Computer Engineering summa cum laude
  • University of Michigan M.S.E. Computer, Information & Control Engineering
  • University of Michigan Law School J.D.


  • Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Intellectual Property Law Section, Law Practice Management Section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    Law Practice Management Section, Past Chair
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Intellectual Property Law Section, Past Chair
  • Michigan Patent Law Association
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Library Committee, Past Chair


  • Advises clients in the development and execution of intellectual property strategy

  • Counsels clients regarding the management and maintenance of their intellectual property portfolios

  • Identifies opportunities for obtaining patent and trademark protection

  • Obtains patents and trademark registrations throughout the world

  • Evaluates the validity and scope of patents and trademarks

  • Represents clients in intellectual property disputes

  • Represents clients in technology transfers, including assignments, licenses, joint development agreements and joint venture agreements

  • Conducts intellectual property due diligence in conjunction with mergers and acquisitions

  • Representative technologies include medical, automotive, building products, lighting, color measurement, plastic injection molding, die-casting, inductive power, touch screens, haptics and control systems

  • Represented an individual in the development and sale of a patent portfolio to a Fortune 10 company

Military Service

  • US Army
    Math/Statistics Analyst
    Primary Station in Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Awarded Army Commendation Medal

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as 2018 Lawyer of the Year for copyright law in Grand Rapids by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law
  • Named an "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan (Top 100 Outstate)
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honorary)
  • Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical and Computer Engineering Honorary)
  • James B. Angell Scholar



Professional Affiliations

  • National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations, Past Councilperson
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Service Fraternity, Past Treasurer

Community Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation, Board Vice Chair
  • Dégagé Ministries, Board Member
  • Grand Rapids Economic Club, Member
  • Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Endowment, Board Member
  • Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Past Board Chair
  • Clark Retirement Community, Past Board Chair
  • Boy Scouts of America, Gerald R. Ford Council, Past Board Member
  • Planned Parenthood of West Michigan, Past Board Chair
  • East Grand Rapids School Foundation, Past Board Member
  • Michigan Technology Council, West Michigan Chapter, Past Board Chair

Speaking Engagements

  • "IP: Overview of Process, Purpose and Protecting Your Intellectual Property," WMU Innovation Lunch-and-Learn Series 2019, Kalamazoo, Michigan, June 19, 2019

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