Michael Schwartz Ph.D.


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Michael draws from his extensive research experience and multidisciplinary scientific expertise to assist clients in protecting and managing their intellectual property.

Michael’s growing practice focuses on patent prosecution in the biotechnology and life science fields. A skilled laboratory scientist by training, he led research in biochemistry and molecular biology that provided invaluable insights into protein synthesis, RNA modifications and functional RNA genomics.

Michael’s numerous publications span a wide variety of topics, including protein mistranslation, enzyme substrate selectivity and kinetics, post-translational protein modifications, tRNA biology, high-throughput RNA sequencing, post-transcriptional RNA modifications and microbiome physiology.

Recognitions and Memberships

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Richard G. Andrews, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware: Judicial Intern (2020)
  • BakerHostetler: Summer Associate (2019 and 2020)
  • The University of Chicago: Postdoctoral Scholar (2016 to 2017)


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 77,118
  • Pennsylvania


  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2021; Articles Editor, Villanova Law Review
  • Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Chicago, 2016
  • B.S., Microbiology, Cornell University, 2011


In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
PTAB Rulings Highlight the Importance of a Claimed Agent's Stated Function
By Michael Schwartz Ph.D.
April 17, 2023
The PTAB recently handed down two consequential inter partes review decisions that emphasize the importance of the stated function for an agent specified in the claims. In particular, the PTAB held that glucose, which is a component of an...
IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit Develops the ‘At Once Envisage' Standard of Anticipation and Affirms the Importance of Specialized Considerations in the Chemical Arts
By Michael Schwartz Ph.D.
November 9, 2022
Anticipation of a claim generally requires that a single prior art reference explicitly discloses each and every claim element.[1] However, absent an express teaching in the prior art, a claim may also be anticipated if it is directed to a...
IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit Requires Definitive Written Description Support for Quantitative Values and Ranges
By Michael Schwartz Ph.D.
December 15, 2021
Under U.S. law, every patent claim must be supported by an adequate written description, which conveys to those skilled in the art the nature and breadth of the invention.[1] The Federal Circuit recently decided two cases that found that...