Nicholas J. Angelocci

“There are few things more satisfying than the feeling that comes from having helped my clients achieve their goals.”

Nick’s practice focuses primarily on patent application preparation and prosecution, assisting clients from the early stages of product development and throughout the process of obtaining protection for their innovations. While the majority of his work relates to mechanical devices and the systems that incorporate them, Nick also has extensive experience in a variety of other technical fields.

As a structural engineer in the aerospace and satellite industry prior to entering the legal profession, Nick experienced first-hand the complex design and engineering needs that face today’s inventors.  He understands the need to coordinate and integrate complex systems across various design groups to arrive at the final product, and the way in which these design requirements can change over time or in response to new information or customer requirements. 

Nick incorporates this experience in his work for clients of various sizes.  His experience comes into play while counseling clients, whether an independent inventor or an international corporation.  Nick can relate to the pride that comes with identifying a problem or a need and developing a solution or product that can provide value for years to come.

Nick works closely with his clients to evaluate the patentability of new designs and to prepare the corresponding patent applications for these designs.  He will identify the novel features of these designs and work diligently toward obtaining the appropriate protection for these innovations.

Much of innovation is based on the prior discoveries of others and adapting what has come before in new and innovative ways to solve the problems of today.  But identifying and anticipating the problems of tomorrow and the potential solutions to these problems is of equal importance.  Nick strives to help his clients incorporate these future considerations, and to anticipate not only the present problem to be solved but those that may require solutions in future.

Practice Groups
  • J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
    DePaul University College of Law, 2008
  • B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude
    University of Michigan, 2001
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Experience | Legal

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, Chicago, IL
Associate Attorney, September 2008 - June 2012

Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL
Summer Associate, May 2007 - August 2007

Forward Thinking
December 06, 2016

In Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., the Federal Circuit recently held that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) definition of a “Covered Business Method” (CBM) was inconsistent with the statutory language of the America Invents Act (AIA)...

December 06, 2016
In a recent IP alert, Attorneys, Scott Brim and Nicholas Angelocci, discuss a recent Federal Circuit decision. Please click here to read more. Contact Us Additional information about post-grant proceedings can be found on our Post-Grant Patent ...
July 12, 2016

In vacating a District Court grant of summary judgment that a patent directed to a cryopreservation process was ...

in the media
May 12, 2016
On May 12, 2016, Ann Arbor associate, Nicholas J. Angelocci, was quoted in Michigan Lawyers Weekly on the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court deciding to hear the cheerleader uniform case as “there does seem to be a distinct lack of clarity ...
May 12, 2015
In upholding the denial of a preliminary injunction, the Federal Circuit held that a drug manufacturer’s label instructing the use of a generic drug for prophylactic use coupled with an instruction to consult a physician in the event of an ...
February 18, 2014
Michael N. Spink and Nicholas J. Angelocci wrote, ' Inter Partes Review: A Look At The Companies Under Attack,' for Law360 on February 18, 2014. Click here to read the article.
Press Releases & Events
August 21, 2012
ANN ARBOR – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., announces that Robert D. Shereda, Ph.D. and Nicholas J. Angelocci have joined the Ann Arbor office and Jon H. Beaupré, a shareholder ...
  • Five CALI Awards - Advanced Patent Law; Contracts II; Legal Analysis, Research and Communication I, II, and III
  • Scandaglia & Ryan Intellectual Property Legal Writing Award
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