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Wickens Herzer Panza Adds Intellectual Property / Grant Steyer Joins Firm as Director to Lead IP Practice


AVON, OHIO – June 16, 2021 – Wickens Herzer Panza (“WHP”) has added intellectual property to its core offerings of legal services with the addition of Grant J. Steyer, Ph.D.  Dr. Steyer will serve as the first practice area chair of the newly created Intellectual Property division at WHP and will serve on the Firm’s Board of Directors.

Grant J. Steyer, Esq., Ph.D.
Grant J. Steyer, Esq., Ph.D.

Dr. Steyer, previously a partner with an intellectual property boutique law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, has a broad range of experience across the various disciplines of intellectual property, including patent application preparation, patent prosecution, appeals, and trademarks.  His counsel has helped clients grow, enforce, and manage their intellectual property portfolios.  Dr. Steyer has represented and counseled clients of all sizes in a broad range of technical fields including biomedical devices, image processing, optical imaging, and the computer arts.  More recently, Dr. Steyer has advised clients with regard to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain technology.

Matthew Nakon, the President of WHP, said: “We could not be more excited about adding intellectual property expertise to our Firm’s practice.  Our clients continue to face intellectual property issues and we are thrilled to have Grant’s expertise within the Firm.  For all of our clients, this addition will be a great compliment to the business, litigation, and estate planning services that we already deliver and will be a growing practice area for many years to come.”

Dr. Steyer similarly voiced his excitement about joining the practice at WHP.  “I’m very excited to be joining such a renowned group of attorneys and to be chairing the Intellectual Property division.  Intellectual property is vitally important to business planning and strategy and I look forward to adding intellectual property counseling, procurement, and enforcement as a compliment to the great business, litigation, and estate planning services already provided by WHP.”

Prior to attending law school, Dr. Steyer graduated magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering.  He also received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University where his research focused primarily on image processing, medical and cellular imaging, image system design, fluorescence imaging, stem cell therapies, and computer aided diagnosis.  He graduated from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2011.

WHP, a general practice business law firm with 32 attorneys based in Avon, Ohio, provides business, litigation, and estate planning services to a broad range of private, middle-market businesses and individuals in Ohio and the Midwest region.  The Firm has offices in Avon and Sandusky and works with clients across a variety of industries.


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