Michael Krawzsenek

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States
T:+1 512 536 3020
United States
T:+1 512 536 3020
Michael Krawzsenek

Michael Krawzsenek


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Michael Krawzsenek's practice focuses on patent procurement, product clearance and development and implementation of intellectual property (IP) protection programs for multinational, early stage and startup companies. Michael's patent procurement experience includes preparing, prosecuting and managing thousands of utility and design patents throughout the world. Representative countries and regions include the United States, China, Korea, Europe, the Middle East, Mexico and Brazil.

Michael also has extensive experience in performing freedom to operate (FTO), landscape, non-infringement, and invalidity analyses and opinions in a wide range of industries, such as the chemical, petrochemical, biotech, skin- and wound-care and consumer products industries. This experience includes preparing such analyses and opinions in the United States and managing similar projects throughout the world.

Michael has had several opportunities to advise, set-up and manage IP protection programs for cosmetic, chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies. This experience allows him to operate as a company's in-house and outside patent counsel simultaneously, which increases efficiencies in the patent procurement and clearance processes.

Michael has been an Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law since 2013. He teaches a patent prosecution class that focuses on utility and design patent protection processes.

Michael received his JD from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2001. Prior to law school, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego.

Outside the office, Michael enjoys coaching youth basketball for his three boys and reading books about the history of science.

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JD, Wake Forest University, 2001
BS, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego, 1997

Michael was admitted to practice law in Texas in 2001 and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2002.

  • Texas State Bar
  • US Patent and Trademark Attorney

Representative examples of Michael's experience include:

  • Preparing invalidity, non-infringement and freedom-to-operate opinions
  • Preparing patent applications, responses to office actions, appeal briefs, examiner interviews and a variety of other related prosecution matters
  • Formulating strategies for the prosecution of foreign patent applications in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and Latin America
  • Managing a team of attorneys for due diligence projects for clients looking to acquire or sell intellectual property
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2015 - 2021
  • Best Lawyers - Patent Law, Best Lawyers, 2022 - 2024
  • IAM Patent 1000, Prosecution, Law Business Research, Ltd., 2020, 2022
  • Scholastic Honors List (law school)
  • Stanley Moot Court Competition (Fall 1999) and Walker Moot Court Competition (Spring 1999)
  • Member of Golden Key National Honor Society and Dean's List for 6 quarters (undergraduate)
  • Provided pro bono legal services through Volunteer Legal Services Organization
  • "The Patent Office of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC Patent Office)stopped accepting new patent applications on January 6, 2021", Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP Legal Update, January 2021
  • "All You Need to Know About Protecting Your Firm's IP," Article for the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), November 3, 2019
  • "Intellectual Property and the Eleventh Amendment," Newsletter for the Association of University Technology Managers, Winter 2005
  • "Protecting Your IP as You Move Along the Value Chain," The 5th Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) IP Awareness Workshop in Muscat, Oman, September 18-19, 2019
  • "Invention Disclosures and Prosecution Strategies," The 4th Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) IP Awareness Workshop in Kuwait City, Kuwait, December 12-13, 2018
  • "Making Sense of Therasense: Past, Present and Future Inequitable Conduct," Fulbright Web Seminar, July 12, 2011
  • "Intellectual Property From an Attorney's Perspective and a Paralegal's Perspective," Texas Association of Legal Professionals Conference, Austin, Texas, February 19, 2011
  • "Patent Strategy Considerations for Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Claims," Fulbright Web Seminar, July 14, 2009
  • "How to Protect In Vitro Diagnostic Inventions in Light of In re Bilski," 2009 Spring Meeting, Licensing Executives Society, Montreal, Canada, May 2009
  • "Sourcing and Manufacturing in Hong Kong and China: Protecting Your IP," Hong Kong, A Fulcrum for Business Success, Austin, Texas, 2007
  • "Intellectual Property Rights in China," Free Trade Alliance, San Antonio, Texas, March 20, 2006
  • American Bar Association
  • Austin Intellectual Property Law Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (Registered Patent Attorney)