Mr. English specializes in helping clients bring their innovative products to market.

His clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Mr. English's practice has a particular emphasis in mechanical, electro-mechanical and medical device technologies. He has worked with numerous technologies including, but not limited to, EEG monitors, radio frequency ablation devices, bone cements, drug delivery devices, surgical instrumentation, kinetic spray coatings, electronic pedal assemblies, automotive shifters, foodstuffs, LP gas systems, building products, and business methods. His work includes filing patent applications, conducting prior art investigations, assisting clients with design-around efforts, licensing, patent reexamination and patent litigation. He helps his clients protect and commercialize inventions in the United States and abroad. 

Mr. English received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1996 and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering in 1997, both from Michigan State University. Prior to entering the legal field, he was a consulting engineer at Triad Engineering and at Lawson-Fisher Associates, both in South Bend, Indiana.

Mr. English was a full-time intern in Howard & Howard's intellectual property law internship program from July 2000 to May of 2004. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in May 2004. He is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • Michigan State University College of Law, 2004
      • J.D., magna cum laude
    • Michigan State University, 1997
      • M.S.
      • Major: Environmental Engineering
    • Michigan State University, 1996
      • B.S.
      • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Admissions

    • Michigan, 2004
    • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan, 2010
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2005 
  • Professional Accomplishments

    • Michigan Rising Stars, 2010 - 2013
    • Adjunct Professor - Michigan State University College of Law (Patent Application Preparation Class)
    • 33rd Annual Dr. Joseph Rossman Memorial Award, October 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."
  • Memberships

    • State Bar of Michigan
    • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Presentations / Speaking Engagements

    • "America Invents Act," presented by Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, October 11, 2011.
    • "Trade Dress and Design Law," a course presented at Cooley Law School, Auburn Hills, Michigan, March, 2010.
    • "Protecting Intellectual Property Through Patents," presented to NOVUS, Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, Peoria, IL, November 13, 2008.
    • "A Macro View of IP for Business: Learn How to Find, Protect and Leverage Intellectual Property in Any Business," Bradley University, Peoria, IL October 6, 2006.
    • "Extending Provisional Rights Beyond 35 U.S.C. §154(d)," Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, May 2005.
  • Accolades

Trent K. English

450 West Fourth Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067-2557
Office: (248) 723-0462
Fax: (248) 645-1568