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Dickinson Wright Attorneys William Honaker and Hal Milton, Jr. Named to National Law Journal’s IP Trailblazers List

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorneys William H. Honaker and Hal Milton, Jr. have been selected for National Law Journal’s 2016 Intellectual Property Trailblazers. The Intellectual Property Trailblazers celebrates the achievements of 50 IP attorneys and others who are innovating in the field, helping to change the way copyright, patent, trademark or licensing law is practiced, or how IP is protected and managed. They will be featured in the May issue of the National Law Journal.

Mr. Honaker is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. With over 25 years of experience, he has extensive knowledge and expertise in all aspects of patent, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright matters including litigation in a broad range of technologies/industries. For his clients, he evaluates patents, trademarks and copyrightable subject matter. His representation includes Fortune 500 clients, small to mid-size privately held companies and startups. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, and the Licensing Executive Society. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Best Lawyers in America, Dbusiness Top Lawyers, and Managing Intellectual Property Magazine. He was also listed as a Finalist for Outstanding IP Litigator in Michigan by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine. Mr. Honaker received his B.S.M.E. from the University of Toledo and his J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law.

Mr. Milton is Of Counsel in the firm’s Troy office. He manages the Dickinson Wright Intellectual Property Academy to produce high quality patent applications by blending experience and training tools with the enthusiasm of law students and recent law graduates who are also degreed engineers or scientists. He has mentored over 200 new attorneys into the practice of patent law through his training program during the last 45 years. In addition, he serves as lead trial counsel in successfully litigating various patented technologies, assisting new enterprises in protecting their technology to entice investment or the sale of the enterprise, and overseeing the creation of patent, trade secret and trademark portfolios during periods of significant growth for several large corporations. Mr. Milton has taught patent prosecution at a number of law schools and currently teaches the preparation of a patent application at the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association. He received his B.S. from Purdue University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School.

The Dickinson Wright intellectual property team includes more than 40 attorneys who offer in-depth experience in all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, employment relationships and intellectual property litigation. Our lawyers regularly counsel clients on IP portfolio management, technology acquisitions, transfers and licensing arrangements, regulatory compliance and legislative developments. Each of our patent lawyers has significant industry experience and technical degrees, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Dickinson Wright is one of the very few law firms in the country with its own “Intellectual Property Academy” where practicing lawyers train law students with technical and engineering degrees to become intellectual property attorneys. To learn more about our intellectual property practice, please visit us at

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 400 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has fifteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and eight other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn. (2); Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.