Michael combines invaluable insights in science, intellectual property and the law as the basis for resolving patent issues to benefit bottom-line business strategies.


Michael represents innovators and industry leaders in complex challenges to intellectual property. He has successfully litigated complex patent disputes to achieve results that make business sense for his clients.

A savvy litigator and registered patent attorney with an extensive understanding of life science and finance, Michael blends these attributes to defend a wide range of IP issues in a broad spectrum of technologies. He handles patent infringement, post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, such as Inter Partes Review and covered business method proceedings, trademark and trade dress infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other complex commercial matters. Arguing patent issues in district courts throughout the U.S., Michael also has experience defending commercial disputes and appeals in federal court, including antitrust cases.


Michael represented an accused infringer against allegations of patent infringement involving machines for producing personalized financial and other integrated circuit cards.

In Bonutti Research, Inc. et al. v. Lantz Medical, Inc., (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana), he successfully represented a manufacturer of medical orthotic devices against a competitor in a patent infringement lawsuit resulting in a favorable settlement.

In Lantz Medical, Inc. v. Bonutti Research, Inc. et al (IPR Proceedings before the USPTAB), Michael successfully defeated four IPR petitions filed by a competitor at the institution decision phase.

He won grant of summary judgment for drug manufacturer in lawsuit alleging breach of contract, misappropriation of an idea and unfair competition.

Michael represented a patent owner in a patent infringement lawsuit involving encryption methods for printing security images on financial instruments resulting in a favorable settlement following appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Lift for Life Gym, Board of Directors

  • Lift for Life Gym is a non-profit organization that offers St. Louis city children a safe, enriching after-school environment in which to strengthen their bodies, enrich their minds, develop healthy social relationships and learn to make positive life choices

American Intellectual Property Law Association

American Bar Association, Litigation and IP Litigation Committees

The Missouri Bar Association

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Past-Chair of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section 


  • Missouri, 2003
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2010 


Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., with honors, 2003

Muskingum College, B.S., magna cum laude, 2000 

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