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 worked as a summer associate at Foley’s Washington, D.C., office drafting legal documents in the field of patent law and conducting freedom to operate and patentability searches on cutting-edge technologies.

While attending law school, Michael gained further knowledge in the area of intellectual property law through positions as a student attorney for the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, counseling clients on patent, trademark, and copyright issues; and as a research fellow for the Program on Information Justice & Intellectual Property, conducting extensive research on international IP law.

Building upon his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, he completed a patent externship with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Technology Center 2800 (Semiconductors, Circuits, and Optics) in 2017. While there, he proposed engineering positions based on findings and formulated legal conclusions.


  • 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


  • Author, "Computer-Generated Inventions," 101 Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society 224 (2019)


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