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Mike partners with clients to provide practical, strategic patent counsel. He represents clients of all sizes, including universities, emerging and mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 corporations.

Prior to becoming a patent practitioner, Mike worked for several years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries and in academic research. Before joining the firm, he worked for six years at an intellectual property law boutique in Portland, Oregon. Mike has experience working on a broad range of technologies, but has particular experience with technologies in the chemical and life science arts.

Mike’s chemical experience includes:

  • Alloys
  • Analytical reagents
  • Antibodies
  • Biopolymers
  • Catalysts
  • Chemical processing methods
  • Coatings
  • Consumer products
  • Dyes and Pigments
  • Food products
  • Liquid crystals
  • Luminescent compounds
  • Pharmaceutical compounds, compositions and formulations
  • Polymers
  • Polypeptides, Nucleic Acids, Lipids, and Bioconjugates
  • Water purification methods

His life science experience includes:

  • Diagnostics
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Medical and biological imaging (e.g. fluorescence imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, radiography, spectroscopy, thermography)
  • Research tools
  • Therapeutics (small and large molecules, biomolecules and immunotherapeutics)

Mike works extensively with large research institutions and universities across the country.  He helped develop and implement the firm’s University Patent Practice, which provides a variety of features designed to develop close working relationships with technology transfer offices and faculty, and to enable Michael Best to serve as a strategic partner with our university clients. Mike also represents numerous start-up companies and university spin-offs with their patent needs.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, American Chemical Society



Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Opera for the Young, 2011-2013
  • Micro-Enterprise Investor's Program of Oregon, 2009-2010
  • City Club of Portland, 2006-2010
  • Oregon Entrepreneur Network, 2009-2010
  • Board of Directors, RESPIRE, 2009-2010
  • Volunteer Baseball Coach, Central City Baseball, 2015-2016
  • Volunteer Baseball Coach, Millcreek Community Center, 2013-present
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