Michael specializes in development and management of global patent, trademark and copyright portfolios for technology companies. He also assists with IP-related litigations, opinions and transactions. For example, he defends tech companies against patent trolls. He prepares patent invalidity, non-infringement and freedom-to-operate opinions in various technologies. He also conducts IP evaluations and due diligence in support of corporate mergers and acquisitions, IP asset purchases, sales and licensing transactions.
Michael is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and has prosecuted hundreds of patents in the areas of electronics, computer software, hardware and networks, wireless telecommunications, network security, mobile apps, enterprise software applications, medical devices, automotive systems, renewable energy, business methods and other areas. He has obtained many patents within as little as one year using the USPTO’s accelerated and prioritized examination programs.
Being a native of Russia and educated in the US, Michael has developed an extensive legal practice with Russian companies. He counsels Russian entrepreneurs, high-tech startups and multinational tech companies in the areas of protection, transfer and enforcement of patents, trademarks and copyrights in the US, Europe and worldwide. Michael has built and manages a team of Russian-speaking patent attorneys and legal specialists that support the specific needs of Russian and CIS-based clients.
Michael has extensive connections with companies, law firms, business associations and government agencies in CIS countries, and often serves as a liaison between Russian and American clients. He also frequently visits Russia and speaks at conferences on various legal issues facing Russian companies entering the US market. Also, as a member of the International Policy Committee of the US Chamber of Commerce, Michael is well informed about the current state of American policies effecting US-Russian business relations, such as Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), bilateral trade agreements, IP harmonization initiatives, etc.
With the advantage of Arent Fox’s significant legal expertise in the areas of international trade, import/export regulations, government relations, international arbitration and dispute resolution, litigation and other practice areas, Michael is also able to assist Russian clients with various non-IP-related matters. For example, he represented a Russian technology company in a breach of contract litigation against a distributor in a state court and defended this company in a consumer protection class action in a federal court. He also counseled a Russian metallurgical company on antidumping issues and a Russian technology company on US government relations.