Chemical Arts

Among other fields, Howard & Howard's Intellectual Property Group specializes in the chemical arts. Our chemical team is ready to protect your research and development in the chemical sciences.

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

The chemical sciences are intricate and diverse arts, which are constantly evolving and growing in both depth and complexity. With such evolution and growth come new and exciting opportunities for development and protection of valuable intellectual property assets. Howard & Howard’s chemical team is ready to protect these assets for you.

How We Can Help

Our chemical team is prepared to counsel and assist clients in a variety of ways, such as by preparing and prosecuting chemical patent applications and defending and enforcing chemical patents in both national and international arenas. Further, we are highly skilled in both searching for and analyzing relevant prior art in the chemical field. These skills allow us to assist and counsel clients in assessing the patentability of their chemical inventions, to properly develop chemical patent applications, to determine the validity of chemical patent claims, and to resolve any possible patent infringement concerns. We are also experienced in preparing and publishing complex technical disclosures, which are beneficial for both establishing defensive prior art and for strategic dedication of certain inventions to the public, especially in the chemical arts.

Why We Can Help

Our chemical team has strong, well-rounded, and diverse educational and real world experience. All of our team members have degrees in chemical engineering, chemistry, or biology. Furthermore, we have all been involved with our own Intellectual Property Intern Program which provides hands-on experience while attending law school and allows us to hit the ground running relative to others in the field.

Prior to excelling in law, we have a lifetime of industrial and academic experience. Examples of this experience include:

  • Polyurethane foams and elastomers
  • Automotive and industrial coatings
  • Ink compositions
  • Dispersion and extrusion processes
  • Synthesis of organic compounds
  • Fluoropolymers
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Distillation and other separation processes
  • Heat transfer
  • Reactors and reaction schemes
  • Process control
  • Materials science
  • Analytical practices
  • Pharmaceuticals and their precursors
  • Hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy
  • Genetic and bacteria characterization and research

Furthermore, based on our current clientele, our chemical team is experienced in a vast array of chemical fields and technologies, including:

  • Elastomers and foams, such as polyurethanes and polyureas
  • Isocyanates
  • Polyols and polyamines
  • Thermosets and thermoplastics
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Acrylics
  • Polyesters, such as PBT
  • Styrenics, such as SAN, ASA and ABS
  • Polyamides, such as nylon
  • Silicones, such as polysiloxanes
  • Adhesives, sealants, and encapsulants
  • Solar-grade polycrystalline silicon
  • Photovoltaic devices

Team Members

Intellectual Property Attorneys
Intellectual Property Interns
  • Andrew J. Miller - B.S. in Chemical Engineering
  • Jarred R. E. Pickering - B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics and PhD in Chemistry
For inquiries, contact:
  • David LaPrairie
    Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
    450 West Fourth Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067
    Phone: (248) 645-1483
    Fax: (248) 645-1568
    DLaPrairie@howardandhoward.com