Patent Law
Kalamazoo Patent Attorney and Trademark Lawyer Michael A. Hettinger


Michael Hettinger

Registered Patent Attorney

Michael is the founding partner of Hettinger & Hettinger, P.C. After nearly 20  years of civil and criminal litigation, Michael now focuses on intellectual property law. Michael handles both patent and trademark issues. His patent practice encompasses biotech, chemical and mechanical technologies.

Michael is one of the most educated attorneys practicing law in Michigan. He has earned well over 400 college credits and is well educated in nearly every area of science.  Michael qualified to take the patent exam as both a biologist and chemist. He has completed the majority of science courses required for a Ph.D. Michael earned his doctorate in law from Notre Dame. He also holds degrees in Nursing, Respiratory Therapy and Philosophy. He is a Registered Nurse and a Respiratory Therapist.


Western Michigan University, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biological Science with an emphasis in Cellular and Molecular Biology

University of Notre Dame Law School, Juris Doctor

Spring Arbor College, Bachelor of Arts
Major: Philosophy and Religion

University of the State of New York, Associate of Science
Major: Nursing

Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Associate of Applied Sciences
Major: Respiratory Therapy

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Science Courses:

Animal Physiology

Biochemistry I


Medicinal Chemistry



Undergraduate Science Courses

Anatomy & Physiology



Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

Cell Biology

College Physics I and II


General Chemistry I and II


Human Physiology

Introduction to Organic Chemistry


Organic Chemistry I and II


Pulmonary Pathology

Pulmonary Pathophysiology

Pulmonary Physiology



Fundamentals of Nursing

Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical

Medical/Surgical Nursing I

Medical/Surgical I Clinical

Family Health Nursing

Family Health Nursing Clinical

Medical/Surgical Nursing II

Medical/Surgical Nursing II Clinical

Professional Roles in Nursing

Mental Health Nursing

Mental Health Nursing Clinical

Medical/Surgical Nursing III

Medical/Surgical Nursing III Clinical

* Michael completed his nursing degree through an accelerated program for persons previously licensed in another health profession. A typical American Association of Colleges of Nursing approved curriculum is stated here for ease of clarity. Michael passed the NCLEX-RN on his first attempt with the highest score attainable.

Respiratory Therapy Courses:

Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

Introduction to Respiratory Care

Respiratory Procedures and Equipment I and II


Respiratory Care Clinical I, I and III

Adult Intensive Care

Pediatric Intensive Care

Advanced Pulmonary Diagnostics

Pulmonary Medicine Clinical