Dickinson Wright Continues Expansion of IP Practice

Dickinson Wright Continues Expansion of Intellectual Property Team with Addition of Four Seasoned Attorneys

January 2006
DETROIT, Mich. (January 19, 2006) – Three additional attorneys from the intellectual property team at Howard & Howard have joined the law firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC. Additionally, one attorney from the firm of Reising, Ethington, Barnes, Kissel will join the firm. Dickinson Wright is now one of the largest full-service providers of intellectual property and patent services in the state. Joining Dickinson Wright are Jon E. Shackelford, John P. Seurynck, Raymond C. Meiers, and John D. Wright. In the last five weeks, Dickinson Wright has expanded its Intellectual Property practice by nine attorneys, including the addition of Hal Milton, widely considered the Dean of Michigan Patent Training. The firm has also introduced the Intellectual Property Academy. "We're very excited about our expanding Intellectual Property team", said James A. Samborn, Chief Executive Officer of Dickinson Wright. "These four new attorneys, who are all highly regarded, further complement and strengthen an already vibrant IP practice at Dickinson Wright." With these four registered patent attorneys joining the firm, Dickinson Wright now has over 25 attorneys principally engaged in an intellectual property practice, including a Member with a Ph.D. in pharmacology and a patent agent with a Ph.D. in biochemistry. Nine of the Firm's intellectual property attorneys also have in-house legal experience, thus providing additional client perspective to the timely delivery of exceptional legal services in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright and licensing. Jon E. Shackelford, a degreed mechanical engineer, has both in-house and law firm experience. He has extensive U.S. and international experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications within a wide variety of materials, electronic, electrical, electro-mechanical and mechanical arts. He managed the patent portfolio of Federal Mogul from 1997 – 2004, focusing on global business transactions involving intellectual property, including joint development and joint venture agreements, business acquisitions and preparation and development of licensing agreements. Mr. Shackelford's practice has included complete client counseling and patent portfolio development and management responsibility for multi-billion dollar business units in several industries. Mr. Shackelford graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 and received his J.D. from Wayne State University in 1990. He will practice from the Firm's Ann Arbor office. John P. Seurynck specializes in trademark, intellectual property law and commercial litigation and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is engaged in all phases of patent, trademark and copyright practice, with a focus on preparing and prosecuting trademark applications, trademark infringement and validity studies and opinions and licensing. His experience includes in-house work with U.S. Cellular Corporation and work for various municipalities. His clients range from small start-up companies exhibiting great potential to well-established multi-billion dollar corporations. Mr. Seurynck attended Wayne State University, earning a B.A. in 1992 and received a J.D. from the Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1996. He is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Illinois. Raymond C. Meiers, a degreed mechanical engineer, concentrates his practice in patent prosecution, litigation and general intellectual property asset management. He has prepared and prosecuted patent and trademark applications, freedom to operate and infringement opinions worldwide covering a wide variety of technologies, including electromechanical arts. He was also an engineer for Tenneco Automotive, AlliedSignal, Inc. and A M General Coporation, gaining hands-on experience on the importance of patents to corporate clients. Mr. Meiers received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2000 and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo in 1992. He is a member of the Michigan Bar Association. John D. Wright, a degreed mechanical engineer, concentrates his practice on intellectual property. He has in-house experience, having served as an engineer at the Torrington Company, the Thomson Saginaw Ball Screw Company, and the NTN Bearing Company. Mr. Wright received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.S.A. in Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University. He received a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. Mr. Wright is a member of the Bar of Michigan, and registered to practice before the United States Patent Office, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Additionally, Dickinson Wright recently announced the creation and launch of the Dickinson Wright Intellectual Property Academy, which is designed to train technically-educated law students and associates on the intricacies of drafting quality patent applications. The academy is run by Hal Milton, a patent attorney with more than 40 years of experience in patent preparation, prosecution, and licensing. As a full-service law firm, Dickinson Wright offers the technical expertise of a boutique firm, along with greater capabilities and business-related experience in melding intellectual property with a client's business and objectives. Boutiques rooted in "preparation and prosecution" rarely see the same breadth of intellectual property issues. The addition of these attorneys to the Firm's already deep intellectual property and corporate areas affords the Firm the chance to experience how business relates to intellectual property and apply that experience to a client's business. The full IP team assists clients on multi-national intellectual property related matters and has industry experience in biotech, robotics, medical devices, electronics and electromechanical devices, automotive, furniture manufacturing, software, material handling, chemical, oil and gas, food processing, clothing, and educational services. Its services include all forms of intellectual property dispute resolution and litigation, patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, all forms of licensing, counseling on the development, protection and management of intellectual property, due diligence in conjunction with mergers and acquisitions, and advising on employment-related matters. The Firm's ability to offer clients world-class intellectual property services within the framework of an outstanding general practice firm allows it to address clients' needs in a practical, results-oriented manner, creating the efficiencies and effectiveness required in today's business environment. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has more than 200 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. The firm now has more than 25 attorneys principally practicing in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, technology licensing, IP litigation, Internet law and information technology. For more information, visit www.dickinsonwright.com.
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