Michael J. McLaughlin

Law Graduate

Overview

Michael McLaughlin is a registered patent agent in the Intellectual Property Department and a member of the Mechanical and Electromechanical Technologies Practice at Foley & Lardner LLP. Michael is not admitted to practice law in any state. He 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.

Education

  • 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

Publications

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