Dickinson Wright PLLC Combines with Artz & Artz to Form Intellectual Property Powerhouse

May 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from Dickinson Wright PLLC

    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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