Richard D. Grauer


Intellectual Property
Patent Infringement

Rick Grauer, after practicing intellectual property law for over forty years, now devotes his practice to serving as an independent neutral in intellectual property disputes.  His earlier law practice included patent litigation at the trial and appellate levels, representing clients before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (primarily in mechanical technologies), and testifying as a patent expert witness.

In more recent years, he has had substantial training and experience as a mediator, arbitrator and court-appointed master or expert in patent, trade secret and trademark litigation in Federal and state courts.

A graduate mechanical engineer (University of Michigan), with a masters degree in automotive engineering (Chrysler Institute of Engineering), Rick worked as an automotive engineer for several years before serving as a U.S. Patent Office examiner and obtaining his law degree (The George Washington University, with honors).

Rick is a member of the Technology Panel of Neutrals of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters.  He has been listed in the Intellectual Property section of The Best Lawyers in America since 1993.

Case List

PATENT ATTORNEY (1965 to present) 

  • Experienced in all phases of intellectual property practice, including patent litigation at trial and appellate level, primarily in mechanical technologies.
  • Served as special master or advisor on appointment by U.S. District Court and state court judges in patent and trade secret lawsuits, including presiding over trial of liability phase of a patent infringement lawsuit, and preparing reports and recommendations on patent claim construction (“Markman  hearings”), dispositive motions, motions to set aside judgments based upon fraud or new evidence, and discovery disputes.
  • Served as sole arbitrator or facilitative mediator in several patent and other intellectual property disputes.
  • Testified as patent expert witness in numerous trials.
  • Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC (1996 to 2008), founding member. 
  • Dykema Gossett PLLC (1989-96), Intellectual Property Group Leader (1992-95).
  • Cullen, Sloman, Cantor, Grauer, Scott & Rutherford, P.C. (1965-88), President  (1975-88) (firm merged with Dykema Gossett in 1989).

PATENT ADVISOR (1964-65) Bureau of Naval Weapons in Washington, D.C.; prepared and prosecuted patent applications for U.S. Navy.
PATENT EXAMINER (1961-64) U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Washington, D.C.; examined patent applications concerning automatic transmission gearing and controls.
AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEER (1958-61) Chrysler Corporation in Highland Park, Michigan; performed engineering functions in gas turbine engine, steering and suspension, ignition, metallurgical research, body stress analysis, vehicle assembly and styling departments.


  • Completed three two-day ALI-ABA special master training courses.
  • Completed four-day Arbitration Training Institute in Commercial Arbitration presented by American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.
  • Completed one-week facilitative mediation training at Harvard Law School, and additional training by Center for Public Resources (CPR) Institute for Dispute Resolution.
  • Lecturer in five series of patent law seminars for Federal judges, sponsored by Federal Judicial Center or Intellectual Property Law Institute.
  • Adjunct faculty (patent litigation seminar), University of Michigan Law School since 2009.
  • Lecturer on patent law in training seminars for National Patent Board panelists.

Honors Membership Awards

  • Admitted to Michigan Bar in 1965.
  • Admitted to practice before United States Supreme Court and United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Federal Circuit.
  • Registered Patent Attorney since 1965.
  • Charter Fellow, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters
  • Certified Panelist, National Patent Board.
  • Member of CPR Technology Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.
  • Certified Mediator, Voluntary Facilitative Mediation Program of U.S. District Court (W.D. Mich.).
  • Member, National Arbitration Forum’s Intellectual Property Arbitration and Mediation panels.
  • Listed in Intellectual Property Law section of “The Best Lawyers in America” since 1993.
  • Listed in “Michigan Super Lawyers” since 2006.
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation.


  • JURIS DOCTOR with honors, George Washington University, 1965 (member of Law Review)
  • MASTER OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING, Chrysler Institute of Engineering, 1960