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Harold (Hal) W. Milton, Jr.

Of Counsel

Education & Credentials


Purdue University

B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, 1957

Georgetown University Law School

J.D., 1964
  • Member, Georgetown University Law Journal, 1963-64

Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Prominent Assignments

Manages the Dickinson Wright Intellectual Property Academy to produce high quality patent applications by blending experience and training tools with the enthusiasm of law students and recent law graduates who are also degreed engineers or scientists. Mentored over two hundred new attorneys into the practice of patent law through his training program during the last forty five years. Hal has established a blueprint for preparing a patent application in six steps and authored a training book to verify the six-step blueprint which is used in a course currently taught both in real time and online in the Masters of Patent Law program at The University of Notre Dame. He spent years writing and editing the training book setting forth a blueprint derived from appellate opinions for the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, see below. Hal is developing an on-line training program for patent prosecution that is self-taught. As a third component, Hal has developed and patented a computer word processing program that accurately expedites the implementation of each of the six steps in preparing the various sections of a patent application, see

Served as lead trial 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.

Serves as a mediator or expert witness in Patent disputes.

Former examiner in the U.S. Patent Office and a Patent Advisor in the Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy

Adjunct Professor: University of Notre Dame, Masters of Science in Patent Law

    Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Examining Corps, U.S. Patent Office, 1961-62
  • Registered PAtent Agent, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1964
  • Publications/Presentations

    • A Blueprint derived from Appellate Opinions for Building a Patent Application,
    • “Improvements” in Patent Licenses: Presumptions and Clauses Derived from Case Law, 34 AIPLA Q. J. 333 (2006) 
    • CIP Practice Under and Beyond the Proposed Rule Changes for Continuations, 88 JPTOS 801 (2006) 
    • A Lesson Worth Telling, Intellectual Property Today, July 2006 at p 16. 
    • The KSR Standard of Patentability, 89 JPTOS 616 (2007) 
    • Patent Preparation Mandated by the Law, Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, October 2007, Vol. 89, No. 10, at p 809. 
    • “A Patent Entirely and Exclusively Focused on an Art-Additive Hits the Validity Bull’s Eye”, Chi.-Kent J. Intell. Prop. 237
    • Recognition and Presentation of a “New Result” to Reach a Safe Harbor, 10  J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L.  583 (2011).
    • How the Internet has Removed the Historical Rationale for “Non-Analogous Arts”, 13 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 68 (2013).
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