17+ years of experience patenting technology for startups and Fortune 100 companies
Michael Pate has practiced intellectual property law since 2005, building a respected practice preparing and prosecuting patents in the technical areas of AI, machine learning, complex software, electronics and semiconductors, optics, communications, internet, industrial products, medical devices, and transportation.
Prior to joining Patterson + Sheridan as an of counsel attorney in 2022, Michael practiced at firms in Washington, California and Utah, where he refined his technical knowledge patenting automotive control systems, mechanical systems, optics, networking and digital circuit technologies.
Michael is an inquisitive learner who strives for daily self-improvement. In 2014, he returned to school to pursue a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Utah, during which he performed funded research with respect to metamaterials. He earned his law degree and bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University. Michael’s education amplifies his aptitude as an IP attorney, allowing him to quickly grasp novel technologies both holistically and in their individual mechanical and electrical aspects.
A diligent and detail-oriented IP attorney
More than a decade of experience has taught Michael an important lesson: your clients are your most valuable resource. Before drafting a patent application, Michael devotes time to mining the inventors for information on how and why their technology works, and advises them to define and develop a business strategy that extends beyond acquiring an approved patent.
By not cutting corners and putting in the work to deeply understand the complex technologies before him, Michael is able to weave an invention’s critical details into every draft, from the first office action response to appeal briefs. Michael leverages clear, precise and persuasive writing that resonates with USPTO examiners to improve his client’s patentability chances.
In addition to being an astute IP attorney, Michael is a hovercraft-building, nature documentary-loving cellist. He also enjoys cooking homemade pizza with his children in his spare time. As a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints, he completed his mission in Santiago, Chile.