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Alumnus draws on technical background now as an attorney

June 30, 2016

Paul Engel '00 MS chemistry, draws on his chemistry background in his new career as intellectual property attorney at Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC in Royal Oak.

Paul EngelIn an article in the Oakland County Legal News, “Chemical reaction: Intellectual property attorney draws on scientific background,” Engel shares how he “stumbled into” chemistry at De La Salle Collegiate and went on to become a project leader at National Starch & Chemical before changing careers in his mid-30s.

Named a Michigan “Rising Star” last year, Engel draws on his technical background to bring value to the legal side.

He has legal and technical experience with a diverse array of material technologies, including polyurethanes, silicones, elastomers, thermoplastics, and other polymeric materials as well as with various chemical process technologies, including organic synthesis, compounding, extrusion, injection molding, and other processes.

His practice focuses on obtaining and enforcing patents and trademarks, with a particular emphasis on patent preparation, prosecution and opinion work in the chemical and mechanical arts.

“I like helping our clients and have a good understanding of what they need—after all, I was on the other side of the table at one time,” he says. “I’ve always been very interested in science and technology. Ironically, I’m exposed to much more chemistry and technology as an IP attorney than I was as a research scientist.”

“IP law can be particularly difficult to navigate, which makes it quite rewarding for me to be able to counsel and guide businesses.”

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