Michael J. Brandt specializes in the practice of intellectual property law and focuses in particular on patent prosecution, litigation, and client counseling matters relating to mechanical and electromechanical technologies, among others. He has significant experience in prosecuting patent applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office on behalf of both domestic and international clients, and advises clients on the development and management of their intellectual property rights.
Michael also represents clients in patent litigation in the federal courts, where he has experience with pre-suit investigations, fact and expert discovery, patent claim construction, legal briefing and motion practice, pre-trial preparation, trials, and appeals.
Michael joined Leydig while attending Chicago-Kent College of Law and became an associate after graduation. While in law school, he was president of the school’s Intellectual Property Law Society and a judicial extern for the Honorable James F. Holderman, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Michael also received awards for achieving the highest grades in his Intellectual Property Legal Writing and Patent Litigation Seminar courses.
Before law school, Michael was a patent examiner at the United States Patent & Trademark Office where he examined patent applications relating to electromechanical devices. Michael graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering.