Harness Dickey marks centennial as intellectual property law firm

Harness Dickey commemorated its 100 year anniversary as an intellectual property (IP) law firm on May 15.

An in-person gathering was originally planned to mark the occasion, but is currently on-hold due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other celebrations are tentatively planned for later this year.

 "This is an extraordinary achievement," said Harness Dickey CEO Bill Coughlin in a message to the firm. "Despite the cataclysmic challenges of the great depression, World War II, the great recession, and a global pandemic, we remain fundamentally sound, financially strong, and focused on future growth. We all have much to look forward to, so let's keep it up for another hundred years!"
Patent attorney J. King Harness founded what would become Harness, Dickey & Pierce on May 15, 1921 in downtown Detroit.

Harness previously founded and served in the patent department for the Ford Motor Co. before setting out on his own with the goal of serving the region's growing automotive industry.

By 1927, Harness was able to recruit law school classmates and fellow patent attorneys Arthur Dickey and Hodgson Pierce to join his firm, which was then renamed Harness, Dickey & Pierce.

Harness Dickey, as it is referred to now, grew steadily for most of the twentieth century, adding new clients across different industries and handling IP matters ranging from patents to trademarks, trade secrets, IP litigation, and beyond.

Today, the firm has nearly 100 IP attorneys in four offices across the U.S. and serves clients conducting business around the globe.

As part of Harness Dickey's anniversary, the firm has compiled a timeline of firm history and a list of notable patents and trademarks it has obtained for clients over the years, including a patent that lists Harness as the inventor.

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