Intellectual Property I JULY 25, 2019

Howard & Howard Expands Intellectual Property Practice in Michigan and Nevada

ROYAL OAK, Mich., July 25, 2019 – Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Bill Blancke and Paxton A. Fleming have joined the Firm. They will practice out of the Royal Oak, Michigan and Las Vegas, Nevada offices, respectively.

“I counsel clients on intellectual property matters with the goal of meeting their business needs.” –Bill Blancke

Mr. Blancke concentrates his practice in intellectual property law. In particular, he focuses his practice on assisting licensed patent attorneys in drafting patent applications related to technology in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts. Additionally, Mr. Blancke conducts clearance/freedom-to-operate investigations to assist clients in strategically navigating existing patent portfolios while meeting their own business needs.

He joined Howard & Howard in 2014 as an intellectual property intern. Prior to his law career, Mr. Blancke worked in the industry at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as a launch support engineer and a product engineer. During his time with FCA, he developed and designed vehicle interior components and ensured these components met design specifications during the production launch of new vehicles. 

“I am an attorney who advises my clients on developing and protecting their intellectual property.” – Paxton A. Fleming

Ms. Fleming focuses on domestic and foreign patent prosecution, patentability searching, and clearance/freedom-to-operate issues. She joined Howard & Howard in 2016 as an intellectual property intern while attending law school in the evenings. During law school, she externed in China where she focused on patent law. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Ms. Fleming worked for Laboratory Services of America testing and analyzing whether drugs were present within individuals' systems.

About Howard & Howard: 

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice, providing legal services to businesses and business owners. With more than 160 attorneys, the firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak), Illinois (Chicago and Peoria), Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California. For more information, please visit

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