Biography

He draws particular praise for his "very thorough and thoughtful work," as well as for his ability to explain complicated technology matters in layman's term. As one client put it, he "knows the technology, knows the law and is very cost-effective." Chambers USA. 

“He consistently supplies sound IP advice laced with good commercial sense. Fast on his feet and someone who thinks outside the box, he interweaves legal and business considerations well and has a strong understanding of technology.” IAM Patent 1000. 

Michael Molano is the Intellectual Property practice leader and hiring partner for the Northern California offices. He has represented some of the leading technology companies in the US, including Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. and Philips Electronics North America. His practice largely focuses on patent litigation in district courts and before the ITC, but he has experience in all areas of litigation, including commercial disputes involving technology.  Mike has served as first-chair trial counsel in both jury and bench trials, as well as in arbitration proceedings.

Chambers USA ranks Mike as a leading lawyer in California in IP, stating that clients describe him as “very thorough and thoughtful.” Chambers also notes that he “knows the law, knows the technology and is very cost-effective.” Mike was also recognized for his work in California in the 2015-18 editions of IAM Patent 1000, which describe him as a "bigwig" in IP and recommend him as “a smart choice for technically complex patent spats.” He is also described as “a dexterous technology-focused litigator" and “top-notch licensing negotiator” – predominantly for US and European-based entities – who is "known for his detail-oriented approach and great sense of humour.”

An electrical engineer, Mike has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the semiconductor, software, hardware and other electro-mechanical technologies.  He has also served as IP deal counsel in corporate transactions.