Tony Klemptner


Anthony (Tony) is a registered patent attorney practicing in patent, trademark, copyright, and internet law. Specifically, Tony focuses his practice on evaluating invention disclosures, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, patent searching, and providing patent opinions.

Prior to joining Traverse Legal, Tony served as a director for a global patent research and analytics firm, where he consulted clients on intellectual property strategy management and provided international search reports and written patentability opinions for Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications filed through the USPTO as the receiving office. Tony has extensive experience performing searches relating to patentability, freedom to operate/clearance, validity/invalidity, and infringement. Tony also worked as an intellectual property associate at Michigan State University Technologies, where he analyzed the patent and commercial potential of the university’s intellectual property assets and drafted intellectual property agreements.

Tony graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2005 with a degree in Biology and received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law in 2011. Tony is licensed to practice law in Michigan as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Employment History

  • Intellectual Property Attorney, Traverse Legal

    Traverse City, MI August 2014 - Present

    • Director, Biotechnology & Medical Devices, Landon IP

      Southfield, MI December 2012 - July 2014

      Managed team of patent analysts responsible for handling all aspects of PCT Chapter 1 examination for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including drafting written opinions and international search reports.

      • Patent Analyst, Landon IP

        Southfield, MI May 2012 - November 2012

        Strategically performed searches relating to patentability, validity, infringement/non-infringement, and freedom to operate; and drafted reports/opinions on the findings. Conducted patent landscape studies to identify potential licensee and whitespace to assist clients with decisions pertaining to R&D and patenting efforts.

        • Intellectual Property Associate, Michigan State University Technologies

          East Lansing, MI June 2010 - April 2012

          Conducted prior art searches and patentability opinions to assist in the university's patent filing decisions and assisted with responses to office actions. Reviewed, negotiated, and drafting material transfer agreements, research agreements, confidential disclosure agreements, and license agreements on behalf of the university.


  • J.D., Michigan State University College of Law, Cum Laude - 2011

    • B.A., Kalamazoo College - 2005


  • Michigan State Bar, admitted 2011

    • United States Patent and Trademark Office, admitted 2012

      • Grand Traverse Leelanau Antrim Bar Association

        • Board Member, TCNewTech


Tony enjoys kayaking, playing tennis, and exploring northern Michigan with his wife (Emilie) and son (Nicholas).

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