Michael DiCato is a registered patent attorney, counseling clients regarding patent portfolio development and implementation of patent strategies. Michael’s practice focuses on IP development and protection, IP portfolio management, litigation support, and preparation of infringement and invalidity opinions.

    Michael has been practicing as a patent attorney for five years, both as an in-house attorney at IBM and in private practice. While at IBM, Michael served as a member of IBM’s Watson focus group and collaborated closely with research teams on next-generation transistor technology. In private practice, Michael has counseled companies ranging from small startups to large multinational corporations. Michael collaborates closely with clients to implement IP strategies aligned with business goals.

    Michael has drafted more than 100 patent applications and prosecuted hundreds more across many technological areas, including:

    • Mechanical
      • Medical devices
      • Printers
      • Locking mechanisms
      • Audio devices
    • Semiconductor/Electrical
      • Transistors
      • Photovoltaics
      • Nanoparticles
      • Batteries
    • Software
      • Autonomous vehicles
      • Internet of Things
      • Machine learning
      • Natural language processing
      • Virtual machines
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    • California Polytechnic State University, B.S., 2011
    • Elisabeth Haub School of Law, summa cum laude, J.D., 2014


    • California, 2011
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Startout, Programming Board Member
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