Price Heneveld welcomes new members to our team

Price Heneveld is pleased to welcome two new associate attorneys to the firm, Mark C. Willard and Russell F.S. Franks.

Mark graduated from Calvin College in 2014 with a B.S.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and obtained his J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2020.  He joined Price Heneveld in 2021 after becoming a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Mark has experience as an electrical controls engineer and over three years of experience as an intellectual property intern.  Mark has been a registered patent agent since 2019 and has experience in patent preparation and prosecution in various fields such as automotive, artificial intelligence, healthcare, and consumer products. Specific areas of technology that Mark has worked with include machine learning, electro-chemical devices, motor control, hydraulic suspension, braking systems, and respiration systems.

Russell joined Price Heneveld in 2022 after accumulating eight years of experience in an Am Law 200 firm, working initially three years as a clerk through law school and subsequently five years as an attorney.  Russell has experience drafting and prosecuting foreign and domestic patents in a wide variety of technologies including automotive components, autonomous driving systems, human-robot interaction, medical devices, gaming systems, and in an array of additional fields.  He also has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting design patents, preparing invalidity opinions including post-grant filings with the U.S. Patent Office, freedom-to-operate opinions, and work-around advisement.  Russell graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2008 with a B.S. in Physics and worked in the legal field studying negative side effects of pharmaceuticals and medical devices for large mass tort litigations.  He received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2016.