Kenneth M. Messina

Patent Engineer


Kenneth “Ken” Messina is an Intellectual Property patent engineer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Detroit office, where he is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department.

Ken began with Foley as a patent engineering intern where he drafted patent applications for numerous clients. He solidified responses to final and non-final office actions to the USPTO and worked with various companies on patentability searches. He also managed several patent portfolios containing uses for customer support.

Previously, Ken served as a product application engineer where he supported production build of GM and Maserati high performance transmissions. He performed root cause analysis utilizing Red X methods and utilized NVH analysis to diagnose final assembly transmission errors. Ken worked with customer teams and manufacturing to drive quality performance while utilizing NVH analysis to diagnose final assembly transmission errors.

Ken also interned at Hi-Lex Corporation where he assembled regulators for various automotive companies and aided PD engineers and lab techs to propose solutions to challenges. He worked in the machine shop to precisely cut and worked with metal cutting machinery to assemble testing fixtures. Ken collaborated with multiple OEM’s on warranty analysis and reports. In addition, Ken was a process engineering intern at Kimberly Clark Corporation where he facilitated the installation of flow meters throughout the facility with contractor and vendors.

Ken’s technical skills include utilizing Unigraphics NX, AutoCAD and SolidWorks to document, draft and fabricate parts for machines.


  • Michigan Technological University (B.S., 2020)
    • Major, mechanical engineering; minor, manufacturing