Michael E. Dukes
"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.”

Michael E. DukesAssociate

120 South LaSalle Street
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603VCard
312.577.7007 fax
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J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2006
M.S., Chemistry, with emphasis on Analytical Chemistry and Material Science, University of Michigan, 2002B.A., Chemistry, with emphasis on Organic and Polymer Chemistry, Washington & Jefferson College, 2000


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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
•  Pharmaceuticals
•  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.

  • "IP Licensing for Business," presented at client’s global headquarters, August 2012.
  • "America Invents Act, Part II," presented at client’s global headquarters, March 2012.
  • "America Invents Act, Part I," presented at client’s global headquarters, October 2011.
  • "Patent Cooperation Treaty," presented at client’s global headquarters, May 2011.
  • "Chinese Patent Law," presented at client’s global headquarters, January 2011.
  • "Trade Secrets," presented at client’s global headquarters, October 2010.
  • "Patent Infringement and Right-to-Use," presented at client’s global headquarters, July 2010.
  • "Invention Disclosures," presented at client’s global headquarters, March 2010.
  • "Intellectual Property for Business," West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation Breakfast Seminar Series, Fairmont, West Virginia, June 2008.
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

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