William H. Honaker

William H. Honaker

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Recognized since 2009

Troy, Michigan

Practice Areas

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Litigation - Patent

Patent Law

Trademark Law

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Bill helps businesses protect their brands, inventions and copyrights to build business and avoid being sued. With more than 30 years experience, Bill has extensive knowledge and expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright matters including litigation in a broad range of industries. He evaluates patents, trademarks, and copyrights along with advising clients on the protection of inventions, trademarks, and copyrightable subject matter. Bill is a highly sought-after IP attorney in part due to his proprietary client communication, and project management system, The Harmony System®.

Bill’s representation includes Fortune 500 clients, small to mid-size privately held companies, and startups. He approaches each client matter from the perspective of the business – whether it’s IP rights, IP infringement or litigation. Bill listens and asks questions to fully understand what’s critical to his client’s business. Unlike many IP attorneys, Bill understands that just having a patent is not important, that protecting the invention and providing value to the client is the true goal.

Bill has the unique ability to help clients avoid unnecessary litigation. He has represented numerous clients in resolving Intellectual Property litigation in the early stages, and often well before the lawsuit is even filed. Through extensive research of technologies throughout the world, he can typically find proof that the [competitor’s] patent is not valid or substantially limited in scope. He helps clients understand the costs of litigation, both financial and personal, and the many alternatives that are available. In the event litigation is unavoidable, Bill uses a team approach, putting the right person at the right cost doing the right job. With more than 70 IP specialists at various rates, he can provide superior value at extremely reasonable rates.

Bill has developed the Harmony System® to address the typical frustrations that clients have with their IP counsel. The Harmony System® is a three-step process that covers critical ongoing information to keep clients informed and ensure there are no surprises. Bill provides regular presentations and training seminars for his clients and their employees on Intellectual Property issues of importance to their business. He also investigates his clients’ businesses to better understand their business and provide relevant information to them.

His book, The Business Owner’s Guide to Intellectual Property – Turn Your Ideas Into Gold, was recently published by Written In Detroit Publishing Company. It provides an easy to understand guide to IP, the importance of IP to every business and an overview of the Harmony® System. Bill has also co-authored Intellectual Property Deskbook for the Business Lawyer, published by the American Bar Association, and The Entrepreneur’s Guide to The Michigan Medical Marijuana Laws.

Visit IPGuy.com for more information on Bill’s speaking engagements, published works, and updates on the law.

Contact & Links
  • 2600 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 300
    Troy, MI 48084-3312
  • University of Toledo, J.D., graduated 1984
  • University of Toledo, Mech.E., graduated 1979

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law
Special Focus:
  • Litigation


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