Robert L. Kelly Joins Intellectual Property Group

IP Practice Area Grows to 30 Attorneys, Expanding by Nearly 100% in Three Months

May 2006
DETROIT, Mich. (May 23, 2006) – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of Robert L. Kelly to the Firm's intellectual property team. Mr. Kelly, joining the Firm as Member, is a highly experienced patent litigator who will be operating primarily in the Firm's Bloomfield Hills office. Dickinson Wright is now one of the largest full-service providers of intellectual property and patent services in the state. In the last three months, Dickinson Wright has expanded its Intellectual Property practice by 12 attorneys - a near 100% growth rate. In addition, the Firm has established an intellectual property training program led by Hal Milton, a patent attorney with more than 40 years of experience in patent preparation, prosecution, and licensing. "As the global market continues to place more emphasis on knowledge-based economics, Dickinson Wright continues to expand its Intellectual Property practice," said James A. Samborn, Chief Executive Officer of the Firm. "To grow a practice by nearly 100% in less than three months, particularly with attorneys who are so highly regarded, is nearly unprecedented. This most recent addition of Mr. Kelly to the team further complements and strengthens an already vibrant IP practice at Dickinson Wright." Dickinson Wright now has 30 attorneys principally engaged in its 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. Robert L. Kelly is a highly experienced intellectual property attorney with special expertise in life sciences, biotechnology and material sciences. His litigation and transactional practice includes patent, trademark, copyright and licensing matters. Mr. Kelly has handled matters involving advanced materials, polymers and semi-conductors. In the life sciences area, he has worked with novel proteins, new cell lines, antibodies and DNA technology. Mr. Kelly gained national recognition for successfully representing the inventor of a home remedy who tried to save his son from a debilitating nerve disease, popularized in the movie Lorenzo's Oil. Mr. Kelly is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemists. He received a B.S. in chemistry from Valparaiso University, a J.D. and a M.S. in biology from the University of Detroit Mercy and has completed Ph.D. level course work in biochemistry and molecular biology. Dickinson Wright offers the technical expertise of an IP boutique firm, together with business knowledge gained through its full service representation of its clients. The addition of Mr. Kelly to the Firm's already deep intellectual property and corporate areas affords the Firm the chance to further its expertise in counseling clients in the proper management of intellectual property in the clients' business environments. The Intellectual Property attorneys of Dickinson Wright have industry experience in biotech, robotics, medical devices, electronics and electromechanical devices, automotive, furniture manufacturing, software, information technology, material handling, chemical, oil and gas, food processing, clothing, educational services, and many other industries. The Firm's 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, product commercialization issues, 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 global economy. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has over 220 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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