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Michael J. Pape



Michael J. Pape is a Principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson P.C. His practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. Mr. Pape represents clients in a variety of technology fields including medical devices, electronics, telecommunications, software, gaming and mechanical designs. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and advises clients on licensing, portfolio management, due diligence and intellectual property related issues. Mr. Pape is the Recruiting Principal for the Twin Cities Office. His previous experience includes work at another law firm in Minneapolis (1995-2006), Electrical Engineer with FMC Naval Systems Division (1992-1993), and service with the U.S. Army (1988-1991).


  • Minnesota 1996
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office 2000
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Government Services

U.S. Army 1988 - 1991

Memberships and Affiliations

Member: American Intellectual Property Law Association, Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association.
Minnesota Rising Star, Law & Politics, December 2005.

Other Distinctions

"Federal Circuit Reaffirms Primacy of Intrinsic Evidence in Phillips v. AWH Corp.," Intellectual Property Today, December 2005 (co-author).

"Implications of SmithKline Beecham Corp. v. Apotex Corp. on the Experimental Use and Inherent Anticipation Doctrines," The IP Book, 3rd Edition (2005) (co-author).


  • BS, United States Military Academy at West Point 1988
    Electrical Engineering
  • JD, University of Minnesota Law School 1996
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif