Mr. LaPrairie concentrates his practice in intellectual property law and heads Howard & Howard's chemical patent practice.
He focuses his practice on obtaining and enforcing patents and trademarks for clients, with particular emphasis on patent representation for multinational corporations. Mr. LaPrairie also counsels clients on clearance/freedom-to-practice issues, as well as on strategies for management of their global intellectual property portfolio.
Mr. LaPrairie is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. LaPrairie is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, cum laude, from Wayne State University and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, where he was a member of the Wayne Law Review and a recipient of the Bronze Key Award for academic achievement. While with the Wayne Law Review, Mr. LaPrairie's note was awarded publication.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. LaPrairie was a senior engineer with E.I. du Pont de Nemours (DuPont) Company. As an engineer with DuPont, he was responsible for the design and support of automotive coating products for the Honda Marysville Assembly Plant. Additionally, Mr. LaPrairie gained thorough experience with coating application processes including rotary and air-atomized spray equipment. During his education, Mr. LaPrairie worked as a co-op engineer with Monsanto Chemical Company (now Solutia), where his focus was process control and manufacturing engineering in polymers. Mr. LaPrairie also worked during this time period for Gage Products Company, a global supplier of paint solvents, test fuels, and paint-system recycling technology for the automotive industry.
Mr. LaPrairie has prepared and prosecuted patent applications covering a wide variety of mechanical, electromechanical and chemically-oriented technologies. He has also prepared and negotiated licenses on behalf of clients as licensors and licensees.