State Bar of Illinois

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2010

M.B.A., The University of Texas at Dallas, 2006

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2002

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Michael Phipps

Michael J. Phipps is a registered patent attorney, concentrating his practice in the area of patent preparation, patent prosecution, and patent litigation, as well as counseling clients in identifying and protecting intellectual property. He has represented numerous clients to obtain patent protection for inventions in a variety of technologies including telecommunications, semiconductor devices and device fabrication, computer hardware and software, and oil exploration tools.

Prior to his legal career, he worked as a mechanical engineer and project manager.

Michael’s professional experience and technical background have allowed him to expand his practice from patent attorney to being an efficient problem solver, resolving legal issues, technical issues, business obstacles, and the like for a variety of clients. As IP Counsel, Michael offers effective leadership and fresh IP strategies to enhance both the culture and competitive advantage.

Representative industries include:

  • Software
  • Medical Devices
  • Oil and Gas
  • Defense
  • Electronics
  • Telecommunications
  • Semiconductors
  • Turbofan Engines

His passion for complex technologies is bolstered by a keen understanding of how these industries are evolving and adapting to the entrance of disruptive start-ups and early-stage competitors.

Before becoming an attorney, Michael received an MBA in entrepreneurship and finance, which enables him to provide unique insights into the practical business operations of clients, including the best strategies for leveraging their patents in the market today.

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