Mike Gates is a partner with Patterson Thuente IP, focusing his practice on patent preparation, prosecution, reexamination and portfolio management. He has significant experience with management of complex intellectual property portfolios, including identifying and pursuing opportunities to expand and leverage portfolios, management of IDS filings across families of related applications, and developing organizational tools to easily communicate status and content of client portfolios.
Other experience includes international IP protection, drafting opinions of counsel for patentability and product clearance, assisting with due diligence related to investment financing and acquisitions, and post-grant proceedings including reexaminations.
Mike works mainly with clients in the medical device, mechanical and automotive industries. He has assisted a number of medical device companies as they navigate the often crowded IP landscape in order to establish a position that aligns with their business objectives. He has worked with several start-up companies, particularly in the implantable medical device domain, whose success in fundraising, acquisition and other exit strategies were supported by their strong IP portfolios.
Representative Technology Expertise
- Implantable electrostimulation devices
- Ablation catheters
- Implantable defibrillators
- Orthopedic braces
- Infusion pumps
- Mass spectrometry
- Internal combustion engines
- Powersports accessories