DW Announces Intellectual Property Academy

Dickinson Wright Announces Creation of Intellectual Property Academy Run by Harold W. Milton, Jr.

January 2006
Training program is designed to train attorneys on cost-effectively drafting quality patent applications DETROIT, Mich. (January 12, 2006) – Dickinson Wright PLLC announces the introduction of the Dickinson Wright Intellectual Property Academy. The Academy's program is designed to produce high quality patent applications by blending the experience of a dedicated senior attorney with the talent and enthusiasm of a law student or recent law grad who is also a degreed engineer or scientist. The Academy will be run by Mr. Harold (Hal) W. Milton, Jr., a patent attorney with more than 40 years of experience in patent preparation, prosecution and licensing. Milton, widely considered the "Dean of Michigan Patent Training," is coming out of a recently announced retirement to head Dickinson Wright's IP Academy training program. To date, Milton has trained more than 100 attorneys, developing a formalized program involving a series of skill-building courses including hands-on drafting of patent applications. Dickinson Wright and Mr. Milton are developing the IP Academy as a means of addressing an obvious need in the IP market. Law schools and most law firms do not have dedicated programs for training law students and associate attorneys on the intricacies of patent preparation and prosecution. The Academy is specifically designed to train both technically-educated law students and associate attorneys on the intricacies of efficiently drafting quality patent applications. Although in the past Milton has concentrated on training students attending law school, the training has been so successful Dickinson Wright is establishing the broader based Academy to train not only law students but law school graduates with minimal or no patent preparation training. Milton, who has personally and through his mentoring, drafted or edited the main claim or definition of the invention in over 3,000 patent applications, says "Dickinson Wright made me an offer I couldn't refuse. This is the culmination of a 35 year dream to improve training in this area and a once in a lifetime opportunity." He will serve as both mentor and teacher at the Academy, supervising the Academy, reading and editing trainee work product and assigning the patent work to appropriately skilled trainees. The benefit of the Academy to Dickinson Wright's clients is clear – the availability of high quality patent applications delivered on a timely and cost-effective basis, often in less than 30 days. The benefit to Dickinson Wright is at least two-fold: improved client service, and the development of talented young attorneys to support Dickinson Wright's fast-growing IP practice. The IP Academy demonstrates Dickinson Wright's commitment to developing a first class patent practice and is an addition to Dickinson Wright's extant training and mentoring programs. Dickinson Wright conducts regular internal training sessions for its associates, has structured programs to advance mentoring, diversity and women's issues within the Firm, and is an ICLE partner. About Hal Milton Harold W. Milton, Jr. has engaged in all phases of patent, trademark and copyright practice, including prosecution of patent applications and licensing. Milton's practice has been devoted to serving as lead counsel in successfully litigating various patented technologies, assisting new enterprises in protecting their technology to entice investment or the sale of the enterprise, and overseeing the creation of patent, trade secret and trademark portfolios during periods of significant growth for several large corporations. Milton's legal career began with Barnard, McGlynn and Reising, where he practiced for 30 years with various iterations of that Firm (now Reising, Ethington, Barnes, Kisselle & Learman) before joining Howard & Howard in 1995 and practicing there until his recently announced retirement. He was an Examiner in the U.S. Patent Office and a Patent Advisor in the Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy. Milton worked for the Rocketdyne Division of North American Aviation test firing rocket engines for the Thor and Atlas missiles. He then served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and ballistic missile training officer training the first crews of the Atlas missile sites. He received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1957 and received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1964. He was admitted to the Michigan and Virginia Bars in 1964 and is registered to practice before the USPTO. 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 20 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.