William H. Francis

Bill joined our firm in 1967 and has been involved in most phases of patent, trademark, and copyright practice including foreign and domestic trademarks, patent preparation and prosecution, and about 100 lawsuits. His vast experience is primarily in the mechanical arts, licensing, validity and infringement studies and opinions, design around guidance, enforcement, litigation, seminars, franchising, advising, and counseling in intellectual property matters. Bill has developed and managed international patent and trademark portfolios for several clients.

Bill received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in 1964 and received his Juris Doctor degree from the Law School of the University of Michigan in 1967.

Bill has been an Adjunct Professor teaching Patent Law for more than 20 years at the University of Detroit Law School and is a co-author of the textbook “Patent Law Including Trade Secrets-Copyrights-Trademarks,” 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Editions published by West Publishing Co. in 1981, 1987, 1995, 2002, and 2006.

He is admitted to the Michigan Bar, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, United States Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, 5th, 6th and 7th Circuits and several Federal District Courts.

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