Michaele is a partner with the firm. Her practice emphasizes mechanical technologies with respect to U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, preparation of opinions on patent infringement and validity, and client counseling. She is experienced in a wide range of mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies, including medical and surgical devices, biotechnology, respiratory equipment, adhesives, ergonomic methods and products, home care products, cleaning products, office products, construction products, electronic devices, telecommunications devices, food products and manufacturing equipment, electronic devices, and semiconductor wafer fabrication and processing equipment. Michaele is skilled in preparing and negotiating intellectual property agreements, including technology transfer and licensing agreements, joint development agreements, and litigation settlement agreements. She also is experienced in performing due diligence reviews and intellectual property agreements for mergers and acquisitions.
Michaele’s significant client counseling experience includes advising and rendering formal opinions regarding infringement, validity, patentability, enforceability, and freedom-to-operate issues and further includes strategic counseling regarding domestic and foreign patent portfolios, license negotiations and litigation strategy. She has also been heavily involved in managing patent infringement litigation, including International Trade Commission activities and district court infringement cases. She joined the firm after several years of experience as a corporate in-house intellectual property counsel.
- J.D., William Mitchell College of Law (1996), magna cum laude
- B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University (1988), cum laude
Professional and Trade Associations
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Association of University Technology Managers
- Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
- Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Admitted to Practice