Theodore W. Olds III

Theodore W. Olds III


P:  248.988.8692


“I recognize that Intellectual Property is a tool to achieve a business’s goals. To that end I work to tailor my firm’s service to the needs of the client. But it is as important to recognize the client’s goals for the particular matter.

My father was a builder—he would not take out a Sawzall® to cut a 2 by 4. By the same token a lawyer should interact with the client to get to the right sized approach. I like to believe I am a lawyer that can think like a business person, and convey advice as one.”


  • Patent Prosecution
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Post Grant Proceedings


  • J.D., George Washington University, 1988
  • B.S., Michigan State University (Mechanical Engineering), 1982


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Lead Trial Counsel in matters for Choon’s Designs/Rainbow Loom®, United Technologies Automotive, Meritor, Masco Corporation and numerous other clients big and small.
  • Lead Patent Prosecution Counsel for any number of projects- Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engine, MGM Brakes Tamper Resistant Brake Actuators and its Electronic Stroke Alert, Extend-A-View’s pivoting mirror for the Dodge Ram, Showboard’s project display boards (used in every science fair) and hundreds of other inventions both basic and complex
  • Inter Partes Review (IPR) successes include United Technologies Corporation flow battery patents and the Choon’s Design wave of challenges


  • Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Adjunct Professor of the Patent Procurement Clinic at Wayne State University Law School


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Consumer products


  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association