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Background

Michael E. Cox is a Principal in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson. He works with his clients to devise and implement patent-focused business strategies, particularly patent portfolio development and management, post-grant challenges, including inter partes review and post-grant review petitions before the USPTO and EPO, opinion work; patent litigation, procurement, and licensing, and due diligence. With broad experience in patent law, Michael provides strategic counseling to a broad range of clients – from Fortune 100 companies to startups – that develop innovative computer software, semiconductor fabrication processes and devices, telecommunications, oil drilling and refinement, network security, cloud-based services, medical devices, and consumer devices, as well as many other technologies.

In addition to his work for his clients, Michael is a leader and mentor within the firm. For the past 10 years, he has served as a senior instructor in the firm’s industry-leading Patent Lab, an intensive 2.5-day patent prosecution training program for junior attorneys, patent agents, and clients. Outside the firm, Michael has invested hundreds of hours to help others through his pro bono practice. He has represented under-resourced inventors and small business in a wide range of technologies through several charitable organizations, including the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts’ Patent Pro Bono for Inventors program and the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s PTO Pro Bono Program.

Prior to practicing law, Michael was a researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the biophysics and theoretical plasma physics groups. While at Los Alamos, he developed a hand-held magnetocardiograph using superconducting quantum interference devices and published the results from his theoretical research in hot, dense plasmas. As a graduate student at Rice University, he fabricated a Schottky diode using single-walled carbon nanotubes and a prototype of a spintronic transistor. His master’s thesis is titled “Lithographic Techniques for and Electrical Measurements of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes.”

Education

University of Texas Law School 2003
J.D.


Rice University 2000
Applied Physics, M.S.


University of New Mexico 1996
Physics, Mathematics, B.S.
magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2001
  • Texas 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Memberships & Affiliations

​Member, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.