APRIL 25, 2017

Howard & Howard Expands Intellectual Property Practice

Royal Oak, Michigan, April 25, 2017: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Marcus A. Smetka has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office.

Mr. Smetka concentrates his practice in intellectual property with an emphasis on patent and trademark prosecution. In the area of patent prosecution, his focus is primarily in the electromechanical arts. He has experience preparing utility and design applications patent applications, as well as responding to Office Actions and preparing patentability opinions. He also has experience prosecuting trademark applications and advising clients on trademark filing strategies. He has assisted clients prosecuting patents related to automotive, agricultural implement, home appliance, and medical instrument technologies, as well as prosecuting trademarks in the sports equipment and apparel industry.

Mr. Smetka has experience working with clients that range from solo inventors to large corporations. His past legal experience includes working at an intellectual property boutique firm, as well as in-house for a growing corporation, to develop strategies for protecting intellectual property rights.

Mr. Smetka received his J.D. and LL.M. (Intellectual Property) from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2013 and his B.S., cum laude, from Saginaw Valley State University in 2009. He is licensed to practice in the States of Iowa and North Carolina and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

About Howard & Howard

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California. Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax. Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

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