Michael J. Krautner is a patent attorney and a litigator with a broad-based intellectual property law practice.
With a technical background in mechanical and industrial engineering, Michael has counseled clients on a wide variety of technologies, including these:
Michael’s patent prosecution work has resulted in the issuance of patents that have survived attack during reexamination and litigation proceedings. With his guidance, Michael’s clients have been able to successfully enforce many of these patents against potential infringers.
Michael also has significant experience managing all facets of IP litigation. He has drafted scores of winning motions, conducted and defended several critical depositions, and prepared many witnesses for depositions and trial. Michael relies on his litigation background to obtain patents that will stand up in litigation and post-grant proceedings and help his clients maximize the commercial value of their inventions.
Prior to law school, Michael worked as an engineer for a manufacturer of automobile fluid handling systems, overseeing the design, development, and production of several multimillion-dollar product lines sold to U.S. and foreign automobile companies.
Michael holds an M.S. in Engineering with a focus on Industrial and Operations Engineering and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, Michael was a member of the men’s rowing team, competing at the highest intercollegiate level for four years and helping to lead the team to a top-ten national finish.
Represented prevailing defendant, a global manufacturer of medical device products, in a lawsuit seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages for patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. Managed and directed every aspect of the litigation, including preparing every motion filed, overseeing discovery, hiring and preparing all technical experts, and managing all pre-trial and trial-related matters.
Represented prevailing complainant in a proceeding before the International Trade Commission that resulted in a ten-year ban on the importation of products related to an organized trade secret heist taking place in China.
Saved a client from an expensive litigation proceeding by preparing a comprehensive and detailed request for reexamination and promptly filing a motion to stay the litigation. The motion to stay was granted, and the reexamination resulted in the rejection of all patent claims.
Paved the way for a client to quickly build a large market presence by using expedited examination to quickly secure multiple patents of varying scope. The patents have survived attack on reexamination and in litigation, and have been enforced against infringers.