Law Firm in Rochester Hills, MI

Thomas Helmholdt, J.D., P.E.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Intellectual Property Law
High Quality Service By An Experienced Patent Attorney
HELMHOLDT LAW PLC is an Intellectual Property Law firm located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Founded by Thomas D. Helmholdt, the firm was established on the principle of high quality service by an experienced patent practitioner at a reasonable price. Mr. Helmholdt was registered as a Patent Attorney in 1988, and has been actively practicing intellectual property law for over 20 years. Mr. Helmholdt seeks to understand his client's business as well as their technology. His approach is to work as a strategic partner to his clients, helping to acquire intellectual property rights that provide economic advantages and create meaningful barriers to competition. The firm's goal is to meet and exceed the benchmarks established by our clients. The firm's services are custom tailored to meet your needs.

Mr. Helmholdt is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as a consulting engineer designing pump stations and industrial wastewater treatment facilities, and as a plant engineer supervising construction and designing fire safety systems for a major petrochemical company. He has worked closely with automotive companies and suppliers, as well as smaller companies and research universities. His work for clients has included makers of medical devices, natural resource conservation equipment, electronic communication equipment, sporting goods, semiconductor fabrication equipment, robots, automotive assembly and paint lines, automotive parts, and piezoelectric actuators.

Mr. Helmholdt concentrates his practice on patent/trademark prosecution, patent searches, validity studies, infringement opinions, and freedom to operate studies. His focus is on mechanical and electrical technologies, including automobiles and medical devices.

Helmholdt Law PLC understands corporate IP law practice and strives to make life easier for in-house counsel. Does liberty from uncontrolled, rising costs interest you? Do you need fixed IP legal fees to meet budget constraints? Are you looking for volume discounts? Do you need special billing procedures? Are you tired of reviewing IP material prepared by inexperienced practitioners? Contact Helmholdt Law PLC to discuss your corporate IP needs.
 Juris Doctor (J.D.)
University of Michigan, B.S.E. (Mechanical) 1979
University of Detroit Mercy Law School 1986 (Juris Doctor, Cum Laude)
Patent Attorney/Founding Member
July 2009 – Present

Patent Attorney/Founding Shareholder
Young Basile Hanlon MacFarlane & Helmholdt
January 1995 – May 2009

Patent Attorney/Shareholder
Basile & Hanlon, P.C.
1989 – 1995

Patent Attorney/Associate
Basile & Hanlon, P.C.
1986 – 1989

Law Clerk
Basile, Weintraub & Hanlon, P.C.
1985 – 1986

Plant Engineer
Texaco Chemical Company
1981 – 1983

Consulting Engineer
Johnson & Anderson
1979 – 1981

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Juris Doctor (Cum Laude)
1983 – 1986

Case and Comment Editor, University of Detroit Law Review 1985-1986

Casenote, People v. Buckley, 62 U. Det. L. Rev. 729 1985

Note, The Uniform Trade Secret Act: The Impact Its Adoption Would Have on Michigan's Common-Law Protection of Trade Secrets and Proposed Modifications for Legislative Consideration, 63 U. Det. L. Rev. 517, 1986
University of Michigan
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
1975 – 1979

F. G. Hammitt, T. D. Helmholdt, M. K. De, EROSION OF SOFT ALUMINUM IN CAVITATING VENTURI, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Publications (1979). Abstract: Cavitation erosion tests on commercially pure soft aluminum (type 1100-0) performed in room temperature tap water (near 25 C) in a High- Speed Cavitation Tunnel to investigate in detail the cavitation-erosion performance of a specific venturi geometry (Fig. 1).
State Bar of Michigan
State Bar of Arizona
Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Bar Admissions
Michigan, Arizona
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 Legal Services  Online / Video Legal Consultation
 Contract Disputes  Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks
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