Hello. My name is

Tim Van Tuinen.

I am an


at Buchanan Nipper.

Contact Me

BN Office
888-900-2476 x153
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About Me

I am a registered patent attorney and am admitted to practice in the State of Ohio. I have focused my practice on intellectual property law for over six years and work with clients to develop strategic intellectual property portfolios. My practice includes drafting and prosecuting both domestic and foreign patent and trademark applications, conducting patentability analyses and patent and trademark searches, and performing clearance opinions. I work with clients that span the entrepreneurial spectrum, including start-ups and large corporations.

I am actively involved in many organizations that contribute to the development of the entrepreneurial spirit that is currently growing at a rapid pace in our region, including the Warehouse District in downtown Toledo where our office is located. In addition, I have been a member of the Board of Directors at the Toledo School for the Arts for the past two years and consider this school to be one of the greatest assets of downtown Toledo.

I am married to my best friend and have a Chihuahua named Harley. I love being a dad to my one-year-old daughter and understand that striking a balance between career and life at home is a necessity. I am a jeans and sports coat kind of guy and enjoy personal relationships over materialistic objects. My favorite quote is “the more you learn, the less you know.” I love football (Go Rockets, Go Lions, Go Wolverines). My favorite destination is Denver Colorado, where my sister lives. If you have never been there, I highly recommend it. I am a Mac – converted by my boss. My hobbies are astronomy and playing guitar. My favorite guitar player is Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Legal Experience

The last six years of my legal career has focused exclusively on intellectual property matters. I previously founded my own firm and practiced with a large firm located in Cleveland, Ohio. About four years ago I became an associate at Buchanan Nipper and never looked back.

2011 — present

Buchanan Nipper LLC

Toledo, OH


2007 — 2010

Timothy John Van Tuinen, LLC

Toledo, OH

Managing Attorney

2008 — 2009

Amin, Turocy & Calvin, LLP

Cleveland, OH



University of Toledo, Tech Transfer Office at the Office of Research

Toledo, OH

Patent Licensing Intern


2003 — 2006

The University of Toledo

Toledo, OH

Juris Doctor (JD)

    Honors include
  • Certificate of Concentration in Intellectual Property
  • 2005 World Champion – Most Effective Mediator & Most Effective Advocate – International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution – ICODR
  • 2006 World Champion – Most Effective Advocate & 7th Most Effective Mediator – International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution – ICODR
1999 — 2003

The University of Toledo, College of Engineering

Toledo, OH

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering

    Honors include
  • Dean's List for academic excellence
  • Activities included: Cheerleader 2000-2003 / Rocky the Rocket (School Mascot)

Social Media

I use social media to interact with anyone interested in discussing topics relevant to intellectual property. Feel free to touch base with me on any of the networks listed below.