Steven L. Crane

3101 E Eisenhower Pkwy.

Office: 734-418-3142

Fax: 734-418-3320


Practice Areas



IP Portfolio Management




Technology Sectors

Automotive systems including:

-vehicle electrical systems

-computer architecture

-seating and restraint systems



-hydraulic and software controls

Green Technologies including:

-solar module construction

-roofing systems

Polymer Chemistry including:



Electro-mechanical Systems

Mechanical Devices

Hydraulic Controls

Computer Software Architecture

Industrial Processes




Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School, cum laude (2002)

B.S.C.E.E., University of Michigan, magna cum laude (1998)




United States Patent and Trademark Office


Mr. Crane specializes in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S., P.C.T., and with foreign associates, preparing and conducting non-infringement and invalidity investigations and opinions, and product clearance.  His current practice is focused on several technical arts including automotive powertrain hardware, hydraulic controls, software controls, and surgical devices.  Mr. Crane has experience in a wide variety of technical arts with a focus on aerospace, automotive engine systems, adhesive and sealant polymer compositions, solar modules, and electromechanical tools.  His expertise also includes preparing and prosecuting design patent applications and trademark applications.

Mr. Crane has successfully argued many cases before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

Mr. Crane also has extensive experience assessing intellectual property portfolio strength.  He regularly advises clients on patent and trademark portfolio management including offensive and defensive patent and trademark use to leverage market strength and advises clients in dispute resolution and litigation claims and defenses.

After graduating from the University of Michigan College of Engineering (B.S.C.E.E. with a concentration in Project Management), Mr. Crane worked as an engineer with an engineering consultant firm specializing in project management and expert witness preparation.  His practice focused on utilizing critical path methodology to meet project milestones and project forensics to identify failed metrics in the automotive, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical industries.  Mr. Crane is uniquely qualified to handle especially complex non-infringement and invalidity investigations and opinions, due diligence, and product clearance.