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Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.


About Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.

Harness Dickey is an intellectual property law firm that first opened its doors nearly a century ago. The firm’s experience includes practically every imaginable scenario pertaining to patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights and trade secrets on a global scale. Today, Harness Dickey safeguards critical IP assets on a global scale for Fortune 500 companies, private and public businesses, universities, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs.

Intellectual Doesn’t Even Begin to Cover it…

Founded in 1921 by Jake Harness, the firm has grown to more than 100 patent attorneys representing nearly every technical discipline in the marketplace, with the firm’s attorneys now writing 3,000+ original patent applications per year. Since its inception, the firm has obtained more than 55,000 U.S. patents for its clients. Additionally, the firm’s trademark practice regularly involves oppositions and the enforcement of trademark rights across the globe, including Federal Marshall seizures, customs impoundments and lawsuits.  With its origins rooted in Michigan, the firm has expanded with offices in Missouri, Texas, and Virginia. Today, the firm is one of the largest IP firms in the country.

Harness Dickey was the first firm in the country to handle a proceeding before the U.S. Patent Office for Inter Partes Review, and has become a recognized leader in IPRs and PGRs since they were introduced in 2012. Harness Dickey lawyers are also regularly involved in IP related due diligence, as well as in negotiating and closing complex domestic and international transactions involving critical IP assets.

A Firm with Midwest Roots

The firm offers the work ethic and cost advantage associated with a Midwest practice, while handling high stakes matters and litigation up against serious competitors who are often represented by expensive firms based in larger cities. Whether the client is a Fortune 100 company with vast domestic and international IP holdings or a regional entrepreneur seeking to protect the idea on which his or her company was founded, Harness Dickey takes great pride in working with all of their clients.


Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.

5445 Corporate Drive
Suite 200
Troy, MI 48098
Phone: (248) 641-1600

Firm Stats

Recruiting Chair: Jason Heist
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
100 - 150

Base Salary

The firm does not disclose salary information. 

Employment Contact

Janet Shackelton
Human Resources Director
(248) 641-1290

No. of U.S. Offices: 4

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Troy, MI (HQ)
Clayton, MO
Frisco, TX
Reston, VA

Major Departments

IP Litigation
IP Transactions
Trademarks & Service Marks
PTAB Proceedings