Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
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Michael's practice includes challenging and defending the validity of patents in various jurisdictions, including at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and in litigation in federal district courts, where he has achieved successes for both challengers and patent owners.
Michael also prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a number of jurisdictions. The applications he has prepared and prosecuted cover a wide range of technologies, including deep sea drilling equipment, composite structures, personal hygiene products, pulp and paper, and medical devices. He has prior experience working at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, which gives him a unique perspective in these patent-prosecution-related matters.
Michael also has experience in transactional matters, including drafting licensing agreements and performing freedom-to-operate analyses.
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JD, summa cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 2017
BS, Aerospace Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
In law school, Michael was active in the Duke Law Journal. He is a member of the Order of the Coif.
- Texas State Bar
- US Patent and Trademark Attorney
- Represented multinational telemedicine and virtual healthcare company in five IPRs filed by competitors in connection with a patent dispute. Case settled on favorable terms.
- Prepared and filed IPR petition on behalf of a waste and recycling equipment manufacturer that resulted in the invalidation of a competitor's patent.
- Represented Fortune 500 oilfield services company in two IPRs filed by a competitor. Filed a defensive ex parte reexamination to pursue claim amendments in response to the prior art asserted in the IPRs. Successfully gained allowance of all amended claims in the reexamination and termination of the IPRs after a favorable settlement.
- Represented artificial lift company in a patent dispute with a competitor, including filing a successful IPR that resulted in the invalidation of all challenged claims of the competitor's patent.
2020 USPTO Practitioner Recognition for Pro Bono Service