MICHAEL MAURIEL, during his 20+ year career, has prepared and prosecuted patent applications; represented clients in high-stakes patent negotiations, litigations, and UPSTO post-grant proceedings including reexamination and inter partes review; counseled clients regarding patent infringement and validity; written patent opinions including high-stakes freedom-to-operate opinions; and helped clients manage and monetize large patent portfolios. His experience spans various technology industries including integrated circuit design, mobile devices, interactive media, medical information management, medical imaging, computer vision, telephony, networking, microwave guides, digital displays, photonic devices, alternative energy, superconductors and biological analysis instruments.

Distinguishing himself in legal scholarship, Mike has published articles and given speeches about patent matters in and outside the U.S. He has been a regular contributor to “Electronic and Software Patents, Law and Practice,” a treatise published and updated by the Bureau of National Affairs. His primary contribution addresses major issues in interpreting patent claims in the U.S.

Mike established an independent patent practice in 2003 after working five years in the Electronics, Software and Telecommunications patent group of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. He co-founded Mauriel Kapouytian Woods LLP in 2007. Mike began his career as a law clerk to the Hon. Daniel M. Friedman at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C.


  • Duke Law School J.D., High Honors, Order of the Coif, and editorial member of the Duke Law Journal, 1997
  • Duke University M.S., Electrical Engineering, 1997
  • University of Wisconsin B.S., Education and History, with distinction, 1991

Bar Memberships

  • Admitted in California and New York
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office registered


  • Patenting Artificial Intelligence Inventions: Introduction and Selected Issues, Originally published in NYSBA Bright Ideas, Summer 2020, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 4-10. Reprinted by permission of the New York State Bar Association (www.nysba.org). Download PDF
  • Chapter 8: Claim Interpretation for Patent Drafters in Electronic and Software Patents, Law and Practice, 4th Edition, published by Bloomberg BNA and AIPLA in 2016 and updated regularly (earlier editions published in 2000, 2005, and 2011)  Download PDF
  • Supplement to “Patent Portfolio Development” in Electronic and Software Patents (2001)
  • “Patent Reexamination’s Problem: The Power to Amend,” in the Duke Law Journal, October 1996