Michelle represents high-tech, telecommunication, and software companies to protect their intellectual property and defend against claims of infringement. She also represents companies in software licensing and other aspects of technology transactions.
Michelle's litigation experience has involved a variety of technologies, including telecommunications systems, data and video compression systems, and a variety of computer hardware and software technologies. She has experience at all stages of the lawsuit from the initial pleadings to trial.
Michelle is also licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Michelle has conducted a number of proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including inter partes reviews. She has experience preparing various types of Patent Office submissions, including patent applications and responses to Office Actions, in particular for oilfield services technologies.
In addition, Michelle has experience assisting companies in intellectual property transactions and licensing negotiations. She has experience in patent portfolio evaluation and has advised clients in negotiations regarding potential license and other technology transfer arrangements. Michelle has also provided formal opinions concerning potential infringement, validity and enforceability of client and third-party intellectual property, including studying potential issues raised by new product launches. She has also prepared agreements relating to the transfer of intellectual property in the context of various mergers, acquisitions, and employment agreements.