During his 20-plus years as an attorney providing intellectual property consultation and litigation counsel, Mike has represented clients in a number of industries and technologies, including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, agricultural and construction equipment, building materials, consumer products, food and beverage products and processing, as well as electronics and telecommunication systems. Mike leads the firm's Animal Health team, and the bulk of his work in this area relates to licensing and related disputes, allegations of patent validity and infringement, and false advertising claims. Industry clients that Mike has served include:
Mike’s other agribusiness engagements have included Luxco Inc., a leading manufacturer of distilled spirits; one of the world's largest beer producers; Bunzl Distribution U.S.A., a leading supplier of food packaging and disposable supplies; TricorBraun Inc., a bottle/container manufacturer; and PFI (formerly Paul Flum Industries), a manufacturer of beverage display units for retail operations.
Through intellectual property consultation and litigation, Mike protects critical intellectual assets and business information for clients across the country, including fast track or “rocket docket” action in these U.S. District Courts: Eastern District of Virginia, Eastern District of Texas and the Western District of Wisconsin. He primarily focuses on defending and prosecuting instances of patent infringement and patent validity issues in the civil courts and post grant proceedings before the PTAB of USPTO. He also represents clients in cases involving trademark and service mark infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and trademark dilution. Mike also has substantial experience before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO in opposition, cancellation and contested concurrent-use proceedings. He also has experience with alcohol beverage labeling regulations through the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Represented the American Simmental Association (ASA)in a patent infringement case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado involving a method of using genetic merit data to determine relative value of livestock. Obtained dismissal for ASA in the litigation and petitioned the USPTO to reevaluate validity of the patents in post grant proceedings. PTAB granted the petitions, and issue first ever PGR final decisions invalidating the patents.