Michael D. Stein

Partner

Seattle
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F +1.206.624.7317

Overview

Michael Stein has 30 years of experience working with technology companies and nearly 25 years of experience advising clients in the field of intellectual property protection and enforcement. Michael has extensive experience counseling technology-oriented clients – primarily in the electronics, telecommunications and software industries – in complex matters concerning U.S. and international patent laws. Michael focuses his practice on patent portfolio development and counseling, USPTO post-grant litigation proceedings, and client counseling in respect to industry standard-setting activities and open source software. Michael has also successfully formed and managed several "key client teams" that have been able to achieve the highest performance reviews for large firm clients. These teams have been recognized as providing the highest-quality work product, as well as the highest-quality service delivery.

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  • Represented True Position, Inc., in intellectual property matters, including patent preparation and prosecution and IP strategic planning, since the company was founded in 1993.
  • Regularly works with start-up companies in the area of IP protection, and serves on the Screening Committee of the Technology Alliance (a Seattle-based technology incubator).
  • 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

  • Represented True Position, Inc., in intellectual property matters, including patent preparation and prosecution and IP strategic planning, since the company was founded in 1993.
  • Regularly works with start-up companies in the area of IP protection, and serves on the Screening Committee of the Technology Alliance (a Seattle-based technology incubator).
  • Works with university inventors and the respective tech transfer offices to help in patent preparation and prosecution matters as well as counseling.
  • From 1993 to the present day, 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.
  • 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 2017)
    • Recommended in Intellectual Property: Patents - prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners
    • Washington: Recommended for Patent Prosecution (2014 to 2017)
  • Burton Award: Distinguished Writing Award for "How Structural Claim Limitations Can Save Software Patents" (2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016 to 2018)
    • Seattle: 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