Michael BednarekMichael Bednarek Clark Hill
"Effective collaboration, whether global or local, requires that you know what you don't know and know who knows it."
Clients say they appreciate my intellectual curiosity because it compels me to understand their problems and business objectives inside and out. I bring to my practice a broad matrix of knowledge and decades of experience counseling clients around the world and designing strategies to protect intellectual property. I fully realize the financial pressure clients face, work collaboratively with them, and deliver sophisticated yet cost-effective service.
Michael Bednarek joined Clark Hill in 2018 in the Washington DC office, and is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Team. A licensed attorney since 1987, Michael represents some of the world’s largest technology and financial services companies in patent and intellectual property litigation in the United States.
Listed in Chambers Global as a Leader in Their Field, Michael has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property law, where he focuses his practice on patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation, USPTO proceedings, IP rights procurement, portfolio management and licensing. In addition, he has experience in outsourcing, antitrust, data protection, advertising and emerging companies, and has extensive global experience with stints in Asia and Europe.
He regularly advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including information technology, medical devices, software, consumer electronics, and computer, automotive and financial services, on their global patent strategies. Michael was an early proponent of patent protection in non-traditional fields as varied as retail, transportation and hospitality, and he continues to be a thought leader on the design and implementation of worldwide intellectual property strategies.
His representative experience includes:
- In the Matter of Certain Crawler Cranes and Component Therof; (USITC and Fed Cir.) representing respondent manufacturer and United States sales subsidiary in appeal relating to ultralift, reconfigurable cranes.
- In the Matter of Toy Figurines and Toy Sets Containing Same; (ITC Investigation No. 37-TA-948) represented Canadian respondent in investigation involving construction toy figurines and allegations of design patent and copyright infringement.
- Defended integrated circuit design company in district court patent infringement litigation (EDTX) involving “presnoop patents” owned by Opti, Inc., and technologies used on logic chipsets, motherboards and microcomputers.
- Represented leading toy company in litigation in various district courts and the ITC in cases involving product configuration.
- Represented leading automobile company in district court patent litigation (C.D. Cal) relating to software controls and diesel engine technology.
- Represented a Mexican manufacturer and distributor of gardening equipment in arbitration proceeding concerning ownership of and rights to intellectual property relating to product configuration.
- Represented leading automobile company in district court patent litigation (New Jersey) relating to driver drowsiness detection and warning.
- Assisted in the representation of leading semiconductor manufacturer in 337-TA-876 Certain Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMs Devices) and products containing same.
- Represented leading semiconductor manufacturer in ITC 337-TA-817 Power Over Ethernet chips and related ND. Cal. Action.
Michael has defended Asian companies in litigation for more than 25 years in cases involving a wide range of technologies. Among those are flat panel display controller circuitry, microprocessors, computer hardware, machine tools, electrodeposited copper foil technology, bicycle components, consumer product manufacturing equipment, computer games and toys, among others.
Among his numerous professional stints, Michael once served as managing partner of the Taiwan Office of an international firm. In recent years, he was asked by the International Law Institute to teach IP Law and iTC Section 337 practice to delegations of Chinese lawyers and has also taught at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the Central European and Eurasian Initiative Institute (Prague, Czech Republic.).
A frequent lecturer on a broad range of topics, Michael has authored works published in six continents, including articles on patent protection in non-traditional sectors, studies on global patent strategy, patent pools and licensing, global trademark strategy and the outlook for patents in the financial service sector. He is also a contributing author for several books on business method patents published in Japan. Michael has chaired and participated in conference sponsored by various organizations and has been engaged by prominent international organizations to assist in the training of foreign lawyers.
Michael is consistently included among those listed as top intellectual property professionals in surveys conducted throughout the world. The highly reputed Legal 500 noted that he is “considered a leading expert on finance-related patents.” Michael has also been including in listings of Benchmark Litigation, Legal 500’s Leading IP Lawyers in the U.S., World’s 300 Leading IP Strategist by IAM Magazine, Chambers and Partners Top Legal Advisors by Asia Guide, World’s Leading Patent Law Experts by Euromoney and Legal Media, World’s Leading Patent Trademark Law Practitioner by Euromoney and Hot 100 Lawyers for Asia by Asian Legal Business. In addition, Michael also garnered Super Lawyers® status in both the District of Columbia and Virginia for Law and Politics, was a Super Lawyers® Top Rated IP Attorney in D.C. and was named Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine.
A 1982 cum laude graduate of Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, Michael completed his J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School in 1987.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, running, playing basketball and golfing, and following sports – especially the Green Bay Packers, the Marquette Warriors and USC Trojans.