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Mr. Sadowski concentrates his practice in litigation and prosecution in various aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, computer law and franchising. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a leading authority on many different patent, trademark and copyright law issues.
He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 1974 and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1977. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, and Phi Delta Phi. Mr. Sadowski is admitted to practice in Michigan and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has practiced in more than 29 jurisdictions throughout the United States, as well as six courts of appeals and the Court of Claims.
Mr. Sadowski is on the board of directors of both the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Historical Society for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association and its sections on Litigation and Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law. He is also a member of the Michigan Patent Law Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and its committee on Federal Practice and Procedure, and the International Trademark Association (INTA) and its International Anti-Counterfeiting and Enforcement Committees. Mr. Sadowski has lectured throughout the U.S. to trade groups and other organizations on various patent and trademark issues, including conducting a roundtable discussion on intellectual property and the Internet.
He is well versed in joint venture agreements, particularly for computer law activities, protection of computer software and related activities; restrictive covenants in employment agreements; and configuration trademark registrations. He has also negotiated and documented numerous licenses on behalf of licensors and licensees for patents, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property. Mr. Sadowski has obtained patents for clients in a variety of areas - both hi-tech and low-tech - including business method patents, computer software related patents, vacuum cleaners, luggage racks and other automotive-related products, computer-related manufacturing systems, tire regrinding, medical appliances, environmental apparatus, clutches and brakes; robotic systems, carburetors, flying tube cutoff machines and die sets, home appliances and parts; conveyor systems and machines, welding appliances, deburring equipment, computerized machine tools, dental appliances, injectors for veterinary drugs, building supplies, various manufacturing processes and control systems, and other areas.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1978
Law School: University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1977
Law School Honors/Involvement:
Phi Delta Phi
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, B.S. - Mechanical Engineering, 1974
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:
Magna cum laude
Tau Beta Pi
Pi Tau Sigma
Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC, owner and head of IP department, 1998-present
Harness Dickey & Pierce, partner, 1977-1998
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Federal Bar Association, E.D., MI Board Member
Eastern District of Michigan Board Member, Historical Society of the U.S. District Court
Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
Oakland County Bar Association
Litigation, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Section, American Bar Association Section
Section on Computer Law, State Bar of Michigan
Michigan Patent Law Association
Federal Practice and Procedures Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Committee on Finance, International Trademark Association
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
dBusiness Top Lawyers, 2010-2014, 2016-2017
Michigan Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2014-2017
The Best Lawyers in America®, 2011-2018
Troy Litigation - Patent "Lawyer of the Year," 2016
Detroit Patent Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2015
Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
Top 100 Michigan Lawyers, 2011 - 2013
Top 50 Michigan Business Lawyers, 2013
Managing IP - "IP Star," 2013-2017
33rd Annual Dr. Joseph Rossman Memorial Award, Oct. 2005, as co-author of the article in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society that made the greatest contribution to the field of Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights.
Judson Center, auction committee, 1990-present
The Parade Company, member, board of trustees, 1999-present
Western Golf Association, director, 2014-present
More than one third of Howard & Howard's lawyers had business careers before choosing to become lawyers, which means we have more lawyers with first-hand business experience than other firms our size. In fact, we operate our firm as a business. That perspective is valuable to our clients: coming from business makes working for business second nature to us.
We focus on providing value and core legal specialties to our clients that are crucial to modern business success. In turn, our growth and client attraction has come from our reputation for creativity, practicality and providing solutions in a cost-conscious environment. We are innovative in the fee arrangements and flexible billing structures we offer. We understand the relationship between fees and objectives, measuring our success by how much we improve a client's bottom line.