Dickinson Wright Expands Intellectual Property Team with Addition of Four Partners from Howard & Howard

Dickinson Wright Expands Intellectual Property Team with Addition of Four Partners from Howard & Howard

12/15/2005
DETROIT, Mich.– Four senior attorneys from the intellectual property team at Howard & Howard, including its leader, have joined the law firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC. Dickinson Wright is now one of the largest full-service providers of intellectual property and patent services in the state. Joining Dickinson Wright as Members are William H. Honaker, Robert L. Stearns, Randall L. Shoemaker, and Edmund P. Anderson. "The addition of these new attorneys will complement the strength and expertise of our current intellectual property team," said James A. Samborn, Chief Executive Officer of Dickinson Wright. "We are committed to growing our intellectual property practice, but only through the addition of highly regarded attorneys with proven expertise." With these four registered patent attorneys joining the firm, Dickinson Wright now has over 20 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. Seven 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. 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 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. William H. Honaker will head the Firm's patent team. A former examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a degreed mechanical engineer, Mr. Honaker specializes in intellectual property matters including national and international protection of inventions and inventors, trademarks and copyrightable subject matter, and the licensing of technology with a special emphasis on computer related technology and ownership issues. Mr. Honaker represents clients in the automotive, medical instrument, food processing and computer industries. He is past chairman of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and is a member of the American Bar Association, Michigan Patent Law Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and International Trademark Association. Robert L. Stearns, a degreed metallurgical/material science engineer, specializes in intellectual property law 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 patent applications, patent infringement and validity studies and opinions and licensing. His experience encompasses a wide range of technologies including: metal casting arts, powder metal technology, electro-optical materials, thermal spraying; heat treating, sliding bearings, pistons, seals and gaskets, isolator fastening assemblies, protective sleeving, and automotive steering columns, braking systems, CV joints and hydraulic pumps and hoses. His clients range from small start-up companies exhibiting great potential to well-established multi-billion dollar corporations. Mr. Stearns attended Michigan Technological University earning a B.S. in Metallurgical/Materials Science Engineering in 1987 and received a J.D. from the Detroit College of Law in 1991. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association and the Michigan Patent Law Association. He is also a member of the American Foundry Society and the American Society of Metals. Dr. Randall L. Shoemaker, who holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology, concentrates his practice in patent, copyright and trademark law and brings a wealth of experience to the Firm's biotechnology practice. He has prepared and prosecuted patent and trademark applications, freedom to operate and infringement opinions worldwide covering a wide variety of technologies including: chemical inventions, especially polymer chemistry, biochemical applications, materials coating technology and processes, biotechnological applications, surgical and medical devices, food processing equipment and technology, and a wide variety of basic mechanical technologies. Dr. Shoemaker received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1990, his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996 and his B.S. in biology from Calvin College in 1983. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, and the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association. Edmund P. Anderson, a degreed metallurgical 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, chemical, electronic, electrical, electro-mechanical and mechanical arts. Mr. Anderson's practice has included complete client counseling and patent portfolio development and management responsibility for multi-billion dollar business units in several industries, including automotive, industrial electrical systems, industrial automation systems, plastics, silicones, defense systems, home automation systems and consumer electronics. He has experience in global business transactions involving intellectual property, including teaming agreements, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint development and joint venture agreements. He also has patent enforcement and litigation experience, including patent infringement and validity studies and opinions, and ITC enforcement. Mr. Anderson graduated from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering with high honors and received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law. 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. For more information, visit www.dickinsonwright.com.
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