Miller Canfield adds three intellectual property lawyers: The law firm of Miller Canfield announced that Robin W. Asher, David J. Ford, and Mark L. Maki have joined the firm in the Intellectual Property Group, further expanding the firm’s IP practice, which handles patent, trademark, copyright, technology transfer and trade secret counseling and litigation. Miller Canfield’s Intellectual Property Group includes more than 25 lawyers in Michigan, Illinois, Canada, Mexico, Poland and China. Lawyers provide guidance and counsel in all phases of domestic and foreign patent procurement, licensing, and litigation, and assist in formulating IP strategies to protect innovation evolving from their research and development. Asher joins Miller Canfield as a principal in the Detroit office. His IP experience includes administration, management and prosecution of patent portfolios for several Fortune 500 companies, including automotive manufacturers and suppliers. He is also experienced in preparation and analysis of patentability, validity and infringement searches and opinions; preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications; negotiation of license agreements and technology assignments; and litigation counseling. He received his J.D. from Detroit College of Law and received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University. Ford joins as an associate in the Detroit office. He brings his automotive industry work experience and a range of IP experience including prosecution of domestic and foreign patents and trademarks; patentability, validity and infringement opinions; trademark oppositions; technology transfers; copyrights; and domain name disputes. His IP experience also includes management and prosecution of a global trademark portfolio. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Michigan State College of Law and his B.A.S.C. in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has worked as an engineer for Ford Motor Company and Nemak of Canada. Maki joins Miller Canfield as a principal in the Kalamazoo office. He has extensive experience in the worldwide protection of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. He represents various domestic and multinational corporations and has coordinated IP protection for clients’ global operations in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia Pacific. His experience includes preparation and prosecution of patents; preparing patentability and infringement opinions; trademark/service mark selection, registration and enforcement; evaluation of computer/Internet issues; licensing and related contracts; and litigation support. He received his J.D. from John Marshall Law School and received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.