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Michael G. Rodriguez

Managing Partner, Austin Office

Practice Areas

  • Copyrights
  • IP Audits and Legal Opinions
  • IP Due Diligence
  • IP Portfolio Management and Counseling
  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and Unfair Competition
  • Trademarks, Trade Dress and Domain Names

Contact

Michael G. Rodriguez
(737) 201-1602

Education

  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
    Fort Worth, Texas 2005
    Juris Doctor
    Honors: Moot Court Honor Society
  • Texas A&M University
    College Station, Texas 1991
    B.S. Electrical Engineering

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2005

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Honors and Awards

Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters
2015 – 2016

Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters
2012, 2015

Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Attorney Bio

Michael G. Rodriguez is the managing partner of Munck Wilson Mandala’s Austin office, and he is part of the technology/intellectual property law group.  Michael’s practice emphasizes patent and trademark preparation and prosecution and includes domestic and international patent procurement and enforcement; analysis of infringement and invalidity in support of litigation.  Michael also counsels clients on copyright and trademark enforcement and compliance.  Michael’s clients work in a variety of industries, including construction, electronics, retail, restaurant, telecommunications, pet-care, vehicle manufacturing, and energy.

Michael has experience prosecuting and defending reexaminations in a variety of technical areas including power electronic devices, computer software, and semiconductor devices.

Prior to joining Munck Wilson Mandala, Michael worked as an associate at a prominent Dallas-based intellectual property boutique.  Before attending law school, Michael was employed as a registered professional engineer with TXU, with senior engineering status.

Michael is an officer in the United States Navy Reserves, having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He has received numerous commendations, including those for his actions during active duty in Iraq from July 2005 to April 2006 and Afghanistan from January 2011 to September 2011.

Representative Experience

  • Responsible for domestic patent procurement for major telecommunications equipment manufacturer.
  • Represented numerous technology clients to successfully obtain domestic and international patent protection for hundreds of inventions in varied technologies.
  • Represented Navy Veteran to successfully resolve Uniformed Services Rights and Reemployment Act claim against a real estate franchise.
  • Performed portfolio analysis and due diligence for patent licensors and licensees in various high-value commercial transactions.
  • Performed defensive review and invalidity analysis of patents asserted by a vending machine manufacturer as part of licensing negotiations.
  • Represented small business owner to successfully resolve copyright infringement claim against a regional competitor.
  • Provided litigation support both against accusations of infringement and to enforce patents against infringers for clients in various technological fields.

Presentations & Published Works

Enforcing Your Patent Portfolio: Tips to think about before enforcing your patents; Michael Rodriguez and Kelly Chen, Inside Counsel, June 3, 2014.

Setting Your Business up for Success: Building a strong IP portfolio; Michael Rodriguez and Michael Phipps, Inside Counsel, May 20, 2014.

The Sword and the Shield: Building an offensive and defensive patent portfolio; Michael Rodriguez and Wallace Dunwoody, Inside Counsel, May 6, 2014.

Perfecting Patent Portfolio Management in the 21st Century; Michael Rodriguez and Jacob LaCombe, Inside Counsel, April 8, 2014.

Professional Associations & Memberships

State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Aggie Bar Association

Licensed Professional Engineer (inactive) in the state of Texas