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Wesley T. McMichael
Professional Experience

Wes’s practice focuses on strategic patent prosecution and intellectual property due diligence studies.

Client Work

Wes works with small start-up companies, solo inventors and large corporations on a variety of intellectual property issues. He concentrates his practice in the area of patent prosecution, strategic patent portfolio development and management, as well as evaluating patents for acquisition.

Wes works closely with inside counsel to ensure their patent portfolios are focused on clear targets, whether those targets are industry standards, or competitor’s products. He develops claim charts early in the application process to ensure that prosecution results in litigation grade patents.

Wes has conducted numerous due diligence reviews of patent portfolios. Using a tiered approach to patent due diligence, Wes has helped his clients to evaluate large patent portfolios for acquisition in a quick and efficient manner. He also works extensively with his clients to perform periodic reviews of their patent portfolio and help them ensure that their resources are utilized in the most efficient manner.

Wes is experienced in providing litigation support, alternative dispute resolution, patent reexaminations and trademark prosecution.

Previous Work

Wes has industry experience as a technical representative in the fields of composite materials and coatings. He also has extensive experience in the optical arts through his time working as a research associate in a tunable diode laser laboratory at Connecticut College.

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

“Would a Microsoft Supreme Court Win Weaken the Patent System” The Legal Intelligencer, May 2011

“How Much Written Description is Required by Patent Law?” The Legal Intelligencer, May 2010

“Hold My Place – The Effective Use of Provisional Patent Applications”, The Legal Intelligencer, May 2006

Wes was selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, published by Thomson Reuters, for 2013.

Professional Activities

Wes is an active participant and member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES).

Bar and Court Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Life Beyond the Law

I love being on the water racing sailboats on the Delaware with my Dad and Brother; fishing for stripers; or sailing offshore. Most recently, I’ve been enjoying cruising with my wife, Lauren, and our kids, Tyler and Thisbe. I also can’t wait until they are old enough for me to teach them to ski.