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J. Douglas Miller

Partner, Intellectual Property Practice Co-Administrator
1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604


Christine Golupski

A registered professional engineer in the State of Ohio and a registered patent attorney licensed in the State of Ohio and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Doug understands his clients’ business, technology, and has the advocacy skills to help develop, manage, and protect their intellectual assets.

Known by colleagues and clients alike for the exceptional quality of his work and for making dry legal issues more interesting, Doug offers comprehensive intellectual property (IP)-related service. He regularly counsels clients from a broad range of industries in a variety of patent-related matters, including:

  • Prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications
  • Infringement studies
  • Clearance studies
  • Freedom-to-operate studies
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade secrets
  • Technology transfer
  • Transactional matters
  • Related IP matters

In addition, clients draw on his extensive experience in a variety of technologies, including:

  • Fuel cell systems
  • Battery systems
  • Casting systems and processes
  • Forging systems and processes
  • Metal forming systems and processes
  • Blow molding systems and processes
  • Automotive components
  • Climate control systems
  • Compressors
  • Heat exchangers
  • Block fittings
  • Seals
  • Bearings
  • Shafts
  • Fins
  • Lubrication
  • Driveline components
  • Optics
  • Noise control and abatements
  • Tubing
  • Valves
  • Refrigerants
  • Fluid transfer
  • Interiors
  • Electronics
  • Lighting
  • Hospital and medical equipment

An innovative lawyer, Doug takes a particular interest in startups. He also frequently speaks on emerging technologies, such as blockchain and other general IP issues.

Prior to joining Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Doug was a founding member of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller, LLC. Before practicing law, Doug worked as environmental manager and solvent recovery system manager for a chemical compounding facility, and a project engineer in the chemical process group of a global engineering consulting firm.

In addition to Doug’s busy practice, he is an avid scuba diver, having completed several hundred dives all over the world. He also has a passion for anything outdoors and is a student of primitive survival techniques. 

Representative Matters

  • Serves as lead outside U.S. IP counsel for a $5.6 billion auto parts manufacturer
  • Serves as lead IP counsel for a $50 million electrical components manufacturer
  • Serves as lead IP counsel for a $40 million cleaning, maintenance, and safety products company
  • Serves as lead IP counsel for a $35 million finished plastics company
  • Served as lead IP counsel for a $250 thousand+ clearance to operate study for new product launch

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Wood County Economic Development Commission, Board Member, 2014 - present; President, 2016 - present
  • Northwestern Water & Sewer District, Board of Trustees, 2015 - present; Vice-Chairman, 2018 - present
  • Bulldog Foundation, Board Member and President, 2015 - present
  • Imagination Station Science Center, Board Member, 2013 - present
  • Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the College of Business of Bowling Green State University, Advisory Board Member, 2016 - present
  • LaunchPad Incubation at The University of Toledo, Advisory Committee Member, 2014 - present; Search Committee Member, 2018
  • Rossford Transportation Improvement District, Board Member, 2015 - present
  • Rotary Club of Toledo, International Service Committee, 2015 - present; International Service Committee Chair, 2015 - 2016
  • Wood County Bar Association, Grievance Committee, 2005 - 2006
  • Toledo Bar Association, Admissions Committee, 2014 - 2015
  • Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association, President, 2006 - 2007
  • Ohio Society of Professional Engineers
  • Toledo Society of Professional Engineers

Alternate biographies




  • J.D., cum laude, The University of Toledo College of Law, Technical Editor. University of Toledo Law Review, 1999
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Toledo, 1990

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 2000
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court Northern District of Ohio