Frank B. McDonald

Of Counsel

After receiving his mechanical engineering degree from Ohio University, Frank’s career began as a project engineer with Rohm and Haas Company, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company.

While with Rohm and Haas, he worked on a variety of mechanical projects related to the manufacture of wholesale chemical products. Frank left Rohm and Haas to pursue a master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He decided thereafter to enter law school and earned his JD from the University of Michigan as well. After working briefly as a tax attorney for E. I. Dupont de Nemours & Company, Frank became registered to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office. Since 1977, Frank has been engaged entirely in intellectual property law, spending the bulk of his career with Dana Corporation, an Ohio-based automotive and industrial first-tier supplier.

Over his three decades of practice, Frank has handled all aspects of intellectual property, including patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition, including litigation oversight and support. He was cited and praised by his Dana management team for obtaining successful European opposition outcomes related to Dana’s automotive gasket technology. In 2000, Frank joined Rader, Fishman & Grauer, a Michigan patent firm at which he focused primarily on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

Most recently, Frank has worked for SC Johnson, a Wisconsin based consumer products company where he managed several domestic and international patent portfolios. Specific technologies of his personal experience are primarily automotive and industrial; they include transmission devices, frames, axles, clutches, gaskets, differentials, braking devices, and control valves. His experience within the consumer products area encompasses wipes and other household cleaners, shaving products, and thermoplastic bags, containers, and wraps for food and non-food storage. In addition to drafting and prosecuting new patent applications, Frank enjoys writing patent license agreements and opinions, and generally assisting in-house counsel with managing their patent portfolios. Frank also enjoys counseling clients on the full gamut of intellectual property issues.

Frank holds active memberships in the state bars of Michigan and Colorado, and is registered to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office. Over the years, he has been active in numerous professional associations, including the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is a past president of the Toledo Patent Law Association, of which he was an active member while with Dana.

Specialties

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Automotive Systems
  • Industrial Equipment
  • IP Licensing
  • Opinions & Counseling

Education

  • J.D.
    University of Michigan
  • M.S., Public Policy
    University of Michigan
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering
    Ohio University