"More than ever, today’s business leaders need to understand how their companies’ intellectual property relates to their businesses. My goal is to provide timely and cost-effective IP strategies that protect our clients’ core technologies and achieve their business objectives.”
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Michael E. Dukes is a registered patent attorney with a background in chemistry and material science. He concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property portfolio development and management, including patent preparation and prosecution, licensing, and strategic counseling.
Michael counsels companies of all sizes in the fields of organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, analytical chemistry, material science, biochemistry, and biotechnology. His patent prosecution experience covers a wide variety of technologies, including these:
• Biomaterials and nanomaterials
• Polymers and polymerization processes
• Instrumentation and methods for analytical chemistry
• Medical devices
• Consumer products
Michael prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications, including in developing and emerging markets such as China, India, Russia, Brazil, and various countries in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. He also advises clients on a variety of strategic intellectual property and business issues, including IP audits, freedom-to-operate, patent validity, and patentability, as well as trademarks and trade secrets.
On behalf of major universities as well as companies large and small, Michael negotiates and drafts IP agreements that include license agreements, nondisclosure agreements, industry-sponsored academic research, research and manufacturing agreements, research and development agreements, and consulting agreements.
Prior to joining Fitch Even, Michael was a patent attorney with a global corporate law firm. He previously was employed as a research scientist at the University of Michigan Medical School Biomedical Research Protein Structure Facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michael’s graduate research focused on the biocompatibility of coronary artery stents and implantable biosensors coated with nitric oxide releasing polymers and polymers having immobilized Cu(II)-ligand sites that generated nitric oxide in vivo.
Represented three leading global specialty chemicals companies in preparation and prosecution of patents directed to anti-microbial compositions and nanomaterials, waterborne coatings and UV curable coatings, and additives for lubricants and fuels, respectively.
Prepared and prosecuted patents directed to controlled/living radical polymerization for a global research university.
Represented prominent global consumer goods company in preparation and prosecution of patents directed to cosmetics and detergents.
Prepared and prosecuted patents directed to mass spectrometry, separation processes, biosensors, and microfluidic devices for a bioanalytics company.
Prepared and prosecuted patents directed to steels, metal alloys, and metal cutting tool systems for a global specialty metals company.
Provided a bio-based chemicals company with freedom-to-operate and due diligence analyses of biopolymers.
Represented a bioanalytics company in negotiation with a pharmaceutical company in a drug development and commercialization agreement of its active pharmaceutical ingredient.
Prepared and prosecuted patents directed to surgical staplers and cutters for a global medical device company.
Prepared and prosecuted patents directed to retail banking for a global financial services company.