Practice Areas



  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1993
  • State of Ohio, 1992
  • State of Michigan, 1991


Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1991

Michigan Technological University, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1986

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Scott A. McBain


As the managing partner of the metro Detroit office, Scott McBain concentrates his practice on domestic and international IP procurement and IP counseling, transactions and strategies for the protection and enforcement of IP assets. Scott has been an IP attorney for 25 years and has significant experience in licensing and other complex technology transfers, including IP due diligence and supporting the activities surrounding mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and IPOs. As a former attorney at Delphi Corporation, Scott’s experience included managing and supporting the domestic and international IP portfolios of several multi-billion dollar business units in a variety of automotive technologies. Scott started his career in engineering supporting power plants in southern Ohio, West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, designing and implementing their material handling systems.

Experience Highlights

Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, Troy, MI, 2008-present

Intellectual Property Counsel, Delphi Corporation, Detroit, MI, 2000-2008

  • Division IP Counsel, Energy & Chassis Systems Division, 2000-2003 and 2006-2008
  • Division IP Counsel, Product & Service Solutions Division, 2003-2008
  • Division IP Counsel, Safety & Interior Systems Division/Electronics & Safety Division 2003-2006
  • Managing Corporate Trademark Attorney, 2004-2008
  • Division Counsel, Thermal & Interior Systems Division, 2005-2006
  • Division Counsel, Safety & Interior Systems Division, 2003-2004

Attorney, Vickers, Daniels and Young, Cleveland, Ohio, 1991-2000

Assistant Engineer, American Electric Power Service Corporation, Columbus, OH, 1986-1988


Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan

Intellectual Property Owners Association

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of Ohio

Community/Civic Involvement

Michigan Technological University Alumni Association, Board of Directors

President, Treasure Island Association