Admissions and Affiliations
United States Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth and Federal Circuits, 1993
Canadian Patent Office
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Marquette University, 1989
J.D., Marquette University, 1992
A senior attorney at Dicke, Billig & Czaja since 1999, Michael focuses on patent prosecution, licensing, agreements, opinions, and other intellectual property work on behalf of clients across the country.
Michael's primary areas of technical specialization are electrical, electro-mechanical and medical technologies. He has experience in medical devices (including catheter and stimulation electrode devices), disk drive technologies, magnetoresistance head technology, analog circuitry, semiconductors, and computer hardware and software.
Now based in San Antonio, Texas, Michael is a former member of the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association’s Patent and Trademark Office Committee (Rules Task Force). He is also a contributing author of Intellectual Property Law for Business Lawyers (Thomson West).
After earning his electrical engineering degree from Marquette University, Michael earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School. A fine athlete during his school years, he was a member of the Marquette Sports Law Journal. Prior to joining DBC he was a patent attorney at another firm working exclusively in intellectual property law for seven years.
Michael has enjoyed playing tennis and volleyball at a highly competitive level. He even passed on a chance to play professional volleyball in Europe during his younger days. Now he spends his free time watching his kids compete in various events, whether it be his daughter's dance programs or his son's football games or karate tournaments. But he still indulges his own competitive streak by matching wits with blackjack dealers in fearsome fashion (when his wife allows).