CLARKESBURG -- Michael B. Pallay, an associate in the Clarksburg office of Steptoe & Johnson, has been chosen to serve as Chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee of the West Virginia State Bar.

Pallay focuses his practice on a wide range of intellectual property matters involving patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition law. He is registered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney.

Pallay received his legal education from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he served as Research Editor for the West Virginia Law Review. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Harrison County Bar Association and the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor and litigation supporting over 30 areas of practice. The firm is comprised of over 180 lawyers resident in seven locations throughout West Virginia and Ohio.

The West Virginia State Bar is the organization of all lawyers licensed to practice law in West Virginia and exists to serve members, the legal profession and the public. The mission of the West Virginia State Bar is to improve the administration of justice and enhance the provision of legal services to our citizens.

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