Michael J. McLaughlin



Michael McLaughlin is an associate and registered patent attorney in the Intellectual Property Department and a member of the Mechanical and Electromechanical Technologies Practice at Foley & Lardner LLP.

Michael has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications before the U.S. Patent Office and managing worldwide patent portfolios. His patent prosecution and counseling practice spans a wide range of interdisciplinary areas, including automotive systems and control methods, fuel cell technologies, warehouse and shipping management systems, printing and medical devices.

While attending law school, Michael practiced as a student attorney for the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic counseling clients on patent, trademark, and copyright issues, and worked as a research fellow for the Program on Information Justice & Intellectual Property conducting legal research in the field of international IP law.

Building upon his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, Michael completed a patent externship with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Technology Center 2800 (Semiconductors, Circuits and Optics) in 2017, where he worked with Training Quality Assurance Specialists to support patent examination quality review, evaluate and analyze legal issues, and examine utility patent applications.


  • American University Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2019)
    • Senior Managing Editor, Intellectual Property Brief
  • Temple University College of Engineering (B.S.M.E, cum laude, 2016)
    • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers


  • Co-author, “Federal Circuit Orders Partial Dismissal of Voip-Pal’s IPR Challenged Claims,” Foley’s PTAB Trial Insights (October 7, 2020)
  • Author, “LEAP Eligible Practitioners Try Their Hand at Oral Advocacy in LEAP Mock Arguments before the PTAB,” Foley’s PTAB Trial Insights (August 26, 2020)
  • Author, "Computer-Generated Inventions," 101 Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society 224 (2019)


  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office