Michael D. Stein

Partner

Seattle
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Overview

Michael Stein has broad and deep experience working with technology companies and advising clients in the field of intellectual property protection and enforcement. He focuses his practice on patent portfolio development and counseling and client counseling in respect to industry standard-setting activities and open source software. Notably, Michael is well-versed in the regulations and nuances of complex U.S. and international patent laws. He is presently concentrating on developing strategies for protecting inventions in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain.

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  • Regularly works with start-up companies in the area of IP protection, and serves as an advisor for a number of tech startups.
  • Since 1993, Michael has worked with a wireless technology company to build a portfolio of patents relating to wireless location. A number of the patents have been asserted in litigation and have resulted in large monetary awards or settlements for the client.
  • Works with university inventors and the respective tech transfer offices to help in patent preparation and prosecution matters as well as counseling.
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Experience

  • Regularly works with start-up companies in the area of IP protection, and serves as an advisor for a number of tech startups.
  • Since 1993, Michael has worked with a wireless technology company to build a portfolio of patents relating to wireless location. A number of the patents have been asserted in litigation and have resulted in large monetary awards or settlements for the client.
  • Works with university inventors and the respective tech transfer offices to help in patent preparation and prosecution matters as well as counseling.
  • Beginning in 1998, Michael and a team of firm attorneys have assisted a multinational computer company in developing a large and highly successful patent portfolio. The client now has one of the highest-quality and most highly licensed patent portfolios in the software industry.
  • From 2010 to 2013, Michael managed a key client team for a large patent portfolio development client. The team was highly successful in achieving the client's requirements for quality of written work product, cost and timeliness. Overall client satisfaction was dramatically improved.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2015 to 2018)
    • Recommended in Intellectual Property: Patent - Prosecution (Including Reexamination and Post-Grant Proceedings)
  • IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners
    • Washington: Recommended for Patent Prosecution (2014 to 2019)
  • Burton Award: Distinguished Writing Award for "How Structural Claim Limitations Can Save Software Patents" (2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016 to Present)
    • Washington: Patent Law
  • Client Choice Award: Intellectual Property: Patents in Washington (2014 to 2016)
  • Managing Intellectual Property "IP Star" in Washington
  • Who's Who Legal: Patents (2014)

Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
    • Electronic and Computer Law Committee
    • Industry Standards and Open Source Software Committee
  • Intellectual Property Owner's Association (IPO)
    • Software and Business Methods Committee
  • University of Washington CASRIP program
    • Advisory Board and Speaker

Community

  • Bellevue Warriors (non-profit youth baseball organization)
    • Founder
    • President
    • Board Member

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Seattle University School of Law: Adjunct professor, industry standards and open source software licensing
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Electronics and Computer Law Committee: Chair
    • National Road Show on Advanced Electronics and Computer Patent Prosecution: Chair and Moderator
  • Washington State Bar Association's IP Institute: Co-chair
  • RCA: Missile and Surface Radar Division Engineer (1980 to 1987)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 34,734
  • Washington
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1990
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Drexel University, 1983

Blog

In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Risks and Rewards of Digital Therapeutics in Treating Mental Disorders – Part III
By Michael D. Stein
July 2, 2019
Legislative Exclusions of Software (21st Century Cures Act) The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), signed into law on Dec. 13, 2016, was designed to accelerate medical product development and bring new innovations faster and more...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
CAFC: Patents Enjoy a Presumption of Subject Matter Eligibility
By Michael D. Stein
July 1, 2019
Co-authored by: Phillip Wolfe In Cellspin Soft, Inc. v. Fitbit, Inc.,[1] the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) rendered an important decision declaring that the presumption of validity under § 282 includes the presumption...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
The ‘Integrated Into a Practical Application' Test of the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance
By Michael D. Stein
January 7, 2019
On Jan. 4, 2019, the USPTO announced revised guidance relevant to Section 101 rejections (“2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance”). The 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance explains that a claim that...
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