James M. Chan


3101 E Eisenhower Pkwy.

Office: 734-418-3142

Fax: 734-418-3320

Practice Areas



IP Portfolio Management



IP Agreements

Technology Sectors

Automotive Systems and Components, Including:

  • Transmissions
  • Engines
  • Engine Thermal Management Systems
  • Passenger Comfort Thermal Management Systems
  • Automotive Heat Exchangers
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle Communications
  • Autonomous Vehicle Systems

Fuel Cells and Fuel Cell Systems

Manufacturing and Industrial Processes

Residential Thermal Management

Environmental Remediation Systems

Material Composites and Compositions

Medical Devices


LLM Intellectual Property – Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Juris Doctor – University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

MBA (Finance and International Business) – Wayne State University

M.S. Civil/Environmental Engineering – Wayne State University,

B.S. Chemical Engineering – Wayne State University


Michigan Bar Association

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Intellectual Property Section of the Michigan Bar Association


James M. Chan’s current practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the automotive arts.  Mr. Chan was formerly a contract patent attorney for Chemours Company LLC, responsible for U.S. and international patent prosecution of Flourochem Technologies, and an in-house patent attorney for Delphi Automotive Systems LLC, responsible for patent prosecution and IP related transaction agreements, specializing in Non-disclosure, Technical Services, and Joint Development Agreements.

Mr. Chan started his career with General Motors in 1989 at the GM Hydra-matic Transmissions Plant in Willow Run, Michigan.  His former assignments include Research Assistant at GM Research Labs, Plant Engineer at GM Powertrain, Corporate Staff Engineer at both GM and Delphi Headquarters, Manager for Product Government Affairs and Partnerships at Delphi, and Patent Attorney at Delphi.

James holds a Master of Law Degree in Intellectual Property, a Juris Doctor’s Degree, a Master of Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering.  He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan and a registered Patent Attorney with the USPTO.