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
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
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.
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.
- Stacey M. Parzuchowski
Marketing & Communications Manager
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
450 West Fourth Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067