DETROIT, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Dickinson Wright PLLC, a nationally recognized full-service law firm, announced today that it is broadening and strengthening its intellectual property practice through a combination with Southfield, Michigan-based intellectual property firm Artz & Artz. The combination is effective June 1. The combination will make Dickinson Wright's IP practice the largest among full-service law firms in Michigan. Dickinson Wright currently has 25 attorneys, including 16 registered patent attorneys and one patent agent, each of whose principal focus is on intellectual property matters. The combination with Artz & Artz will add nine registered patent attorneys to Dickinson Wright's IP practice, bringing the total count to 34 practitioners. Dickinson Wright is also one of the only law firms nationally with its own "IP Academy," where practicing attorneys train law students with technical and engineering school undergraduate degrees to become intellectual property lawyers. There are presently 8 students in the Dickinson Wright IP Academy. "Dickinson Wright has been a leading full-service law firm for nearly 130 years," said James A. Samborn, Chief Executive Officer, Dickinson Wright. "Our IP practice is an important and growing part of our business, reflecting the region's goal of becoming a more significant player in the advanced technology, energy and life sciences arenas. This combination is a big step forward for us, and gives us a leadership position in IP that will bring enhanced capabilities and expertise to the firm's clients. It is a tangible indication of how seriously we take what's happening in the region, and the future opportunity and critical need for intellectual property services of the highest caliber." "Artz & Artz, formed in 1998, employs lawyers with a wealth of experience, and an outstanding reputation in sophisticated IP matters, especially IP litigation," said John A. Artz, senior partner, Artz & Artz. Mr. Artz is a nationally recognized patent litigator who has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. "In recent years, more and more firms of our size have joined forces with larger firms to gain a bigger footprint in the IP arena. It's time for us to take this positive step. We bring an added dimension to Dickinson Wright's capabilities that make the combined team a real powerhouse in the practice of IP law." Joining Dickinson Wright from Artz & Artz are John A. Artz, John S. Artz, Robert P. Renke, Jay Drouillard, Angela M. Brunetti, Thomas E. Donohue, Steven W. Hays, Paula L. Schneider and Christian S. Brower. The combination with Artz & Artz will bring the number of Dickinson Wright attorneys to more than 240. The firm provides comprehensive legal services in more than 40 practice areas to a broad range of large and small companies, governmental units, new ventures and individuals. Dickinson Wright has offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Washington, D.C. The combination with Artz & Artz will expand Dickinson Wright's presence to South Bend, Indiana and Phoenix, Arizona.
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