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.
SOURCE Dickinson Wright PLLC