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Michael P. Dunnam

Michael P. Dunnam

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Philadelphia, PA, USA


Michael Dunnam has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property (IP) law. Since 1986, he has focused on drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He has extensive experience in the preparation of opinions, licenses and technology development agreements. In recent years, Michael has worked with universities and early-stage technology companies to develop IP strategies and conduct due diligence in support of investment and growth efforts. He is best known for his work in the areas of computer software and electronic commerce, imaging technologies, and medical devices. Michael has drafted hundreds of patent applications and has personally procured more than 1,000 patents for U.S. and foreign corporations. He uses his extensive experience with, and relationships within, the USPTO to troubleshoot difficult applications to secure allowance.

Michael was an adjunct professor at Temple Law School from 2012 to 2016, teaching a course entitled "IP in Business," which teaches young lawyers how to develop and use IP to further the interests and values of emerging enterprises. Since January 2015, Michael has been an adjunct professor in the Detkin IP Law Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania. In the clinic, Michael supervises student representations of early stage technology companies who need assistance with developing their intellectual property. Michael also teaches the students skills relating to drafting and prosecuting patent applications for their clinic clients. Michael started his career as a patent examiner in the color television arts.

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  • Served on the board of directors of Golden Enterprises, a privately held telephone operator systems business, where he acted as CEO while the company underwent a transition in leadership. He defended the company's patents and settled ongoing patent litigation while preparing the company for a successful sale. Michael gained valuable experience about how IP may be acquired and managed to significantly increase the company's value and has applied those lessons in his practice.
  • When a large client's in-house counsel resigned abruptly, Michael stepped in to run the patent operations until a replacement could be found. For more than a year, Michael managed the process of securing invention disclosures and maneuvering them to allowance at the USPTO.
Michael P. Dunnam is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Subject Matter Eligibility after Mayo/Alice and Latest Federal Circuit Decisions and USPTO Guidance - Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2017: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, Thursday, July 27, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Subject Matter Eligibility after Mayo/Alice and Latest Federal Circuit Decisions and USPTO Guidance - Subject Matter Eligibility after Mayo/Alice and Latest Federal Circuit Decisions and USPTO Guidance, Thursday, July 27, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Subject Matter Eligibility after Mayo/Alice and Latest Federal Circuit Decisions and USPTO Guidance - Subject Matter Eligibility after Mayo/Alice and Latest Federal Circuit Decisions and USPTO Guidance, Thursday, July 27, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters How to Work with Patent Examiners Toward Allowance - Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2017: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, Thursday, September 14, 2017
A Look at Functional Claiming in the U.S - Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2017: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, Thursday, September 14, 2017
Responding to the “Difficult” Obviousness Rejection - Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2017: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, Thursday, September 14, 2017
Protection of Computer Implemented Inventions Under the USPTO’s July 2015 Update to December 2014 Interim Eligibility Guidance - Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2017: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, Thursday, September 14, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2017: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, New York, NY
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