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Joseph B. Dierker, Jr., PE,
Senior Associate Attorney
Main: (248) 649-9900

Patents, Trademarks
Mechanical, Electrical, Optics, Medical Devices, Life Sciences, Materials, Electrochemical, and Information Technology arts

Mr. Dierker is a senior associate attorney at the firm, and has domestic and foreign patent prosecution and procurement experience in the electrical, mechanical, and other arts.

Before becoming a patent attorney, Mr. Dierker distinguished himself as an engineer for more than 20 years.  His engineering work covered a wide variety of technologies, giving him breadth of knowledge that translates to quick understanding of new technologies presented by inventors.  Mr. Dierker's engineering work included:  aircraft cockpit design; flight simulation; anti-lock pneumatic brakes; control system software design; automated manual transmissions; hydraulic transmissions; axles and differentials; vehicle integration; sensors and actuators; fuel systems; cooling systems; climate control systems, and on-board fire suppression.  He has worked in research, product development, production, and field support phases of engineering in the United States and in Europe.  He is an award-winning technical speaker.


J.D. cum laude, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 2009

MSEME, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 1989

B.M.E., magna cum laude, University of Detroit, 1985


State Bar of Michigan, 2009

U.S. District Court, E.D. Michigan, 2009

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 2006

U.S. Supreme Court, 2017


Licensed Professional Engineer, Michigan

Chartered Engineer, Europe

Inventor:  U.S. Patent Numbers:  4,862,025; 4,862,028; 4,893,075; 5,847,344; 5,152,544; 7,198,111; 7,360,605; 7,448,452; 7,451,830; 7,854,288; and 7,896,121

Co-Author: "Development of Ford Fire Suppression System" published by SAE, 2005.  Republished as "Fire Suppression System Development for the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor," published by National Institute of Standards 2005.

SAE Outstanding Oral Presentation Award, 2005.

Author, "Ford`s 1996 Crown Victoria Dedicated Natural Gas Vehicle.  Final report, January 1991-December 1995," published by the Gas Research Institute and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Technical Information Service.


Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)

Oakland County Bar Association

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) (U.K.)