Michael Messinger


202-516 6902 office

BS Physics – magna cum laude Duke University
JD – Georgetown Law Center

Experience: USPTO Examiner (6 years), Associate and Partner Major IP Boutique (23 years), Adjunct Professor Patent Licensing Georgetown University Law Center,  Adjunct Professor Patent Office Litigation George Mason School of Law.

Admissions: United States Patent and Trademark Office, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuit.

I co-founded Shami Messinger to help innovators work for positive change. I help companies of all sizes create intellectual property strategies for protection and to enhance their freedom-to-operate in the computer, electronics and sustainable technologies practice areas. For over 20 years I have worked with company officers and engineers to identify patentable inventions and build strategic patent portfolios. I also help knock out invalid patents of their competitors through inter partes review, covered business method review, post-grant review and reexamination.

I have extensive experience prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications and developing strategic patent portfolios and have written and prosecuted numerous patent applications including those related to computer networking (Internet, World-Wide Web, Java technologies), communications protocols, browsers, geographical information systems, high-speed optical communications, optoelectronics, graphics processing, data mining, voice-over-IP, cryptography, and multiprocessor computer architecture. Hundreds of patents I helped obtain have been successfully enforced or acquired.   I regularly teach and publish on emerging patent law topics that affect one’s ability to protect and release innovation in the United States.

  • ILASA Tier One Excellence in Patent Prosecution 2017
  • Recognized in Legal 500: 2014, 2008, 2007
  • Recognized in Clean Tech 100: 2013