Niq (“with a Q”) Howard is an associate attorney with BrownWinick. Niq is a registered patent attorney with a focus on patents, trademarks and intellectual property rights. He also maintains a general practice including, but not limited to, intellectual property, start-ups, contracts, business and corporate law, energy, international & comparative law, and international heritage law.
As a registered patent attorney, Niq has experience prosecuting electrical and mechanical patents as well as a variety of other patents, copyrights, and trademarks.
Niq graduated from the University of Kansas in 2013, receiving his B.S. in Engineering, specialized in Electrical. Prior to law school, Niq gained practical and professional experience working as an engineer in Kansas City for two years.
In 2017, Niq received his J.D. from The University of Kansas School of Law. During law school, Niq served as Research Assistant to Professor Andrew Torrance and Professor Mike Kautsch. He served on the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy and wrote an article on autonomous vehicles, Copyright & Patents: the right path to drive out hackers. Niq also wrote a student note on Post Grant Proceedings called The not so inevitable shift from litigation. Additionally, Niq wrote a paper on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act - DMCA Smakdown – Take it Down Because I Said So! - which was presented at the 30th Annual Media & the Law Seminar in Kansas City, Missouri.
Niq was admitted to the Missouri bar, Iowa bar and Kansas bar in 2018. In 2017, he was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a registered patent attorney. Niq is a member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Young Professionals Connection, the Des Moines Downtown Neighborhood Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. A fun fact about Niq is that he has been to 5 continents and has studied law in 4 different countries.