Michael D. Kaminski


Michael Kaminski is an intellectual property attorney who has litigated, prosecuted, and counseled clients primarily in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and chemical engineering fields. He conducts “first chair” litigation in Federal District Court. He also has appellate court experience.

Michael has been involved with ANDA litigation and other litigation ranging from pharmaceuticals (non-ANDA), LEDs, automotive safety devices, radiological contrast agents, paint spray booth additives, and distillation column packing, to sports equipment and food technologies.

He is the co-managing partner of the firm’s Tokyo office and was formerly the IP Department’s operations chair for a number of years, responsible for managing the department’s support structure, best practices, and quality assurance initiatives and training. Michael is a member of the firm’s IP Litigation, Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies, and Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practices.

Prior to law school, Michael worked as a research chemical engineer for a major oil company and for a major chemical company.


マイク・カミンスキーは、フォーリー&ラードナーLLPのパートナーである。知的財産権訴訟プラクティスグループ、機械・電子機械テクノロジー・プラクティスグループ、医薬品・バイオテクノロジー・化学製品プラクティスグループに所属する。主に化学、医薬、化学工学などの分野の企業をクライアントとして、訴訟、特許出願、法的助言などの業務に携わっている。全米法廷技術研修所(National Institute of Trial Advocacy)より、「卓越した法廷弁護人(Master Advocate)」という称号を与えられている。連邦地方裁判所では第一級の訴訟活動を行っている。関与した訴訟は、医薬品、発光ダイオード(LED)、自動車の安全装置、放射線造影剤、スプレーブース用塗料添加剤、蒸留塔用パッキングから、スポーツ用品、そして食品用技術に関するものにまで及ぶ。控訴裁判所での経験も有する。




日本での知的財産権分野における活躍に対して、Chambers Global Guide (2014 及び2015) に選出された。

日本とワシントンDCでの知的財産権分野における活躍に対して、Managing IP (MIP) 誌 (2014及び2015) のIP Starsに選出された。

日本での知的財産権分野における活躍に対して、Legal 500 (2010, 2011)に選出された。また、日本でのコーポレート・M&A分野における活躍に対しても、Legal 500 (2011)に選出された。


米国知的財産権法協会 (AIPLA) の理事も務めた。アメリカン大学、ジョージメイソン大学ロースクール、テンプル大学ロースクール東京キャンパスで非常勤教授を歴任した。ジョンマーシャルロースクール、ミシガン大学(学部とロースクールの双方)でも教鞭をとった。アメリカ化学会 (American Chemical Society) の「化学と法」部会の会長を務め、同会よりMiddlekauf 賞を授賞している。米国知的財産権法協会 (AIPLA) のフェローにも選出されている。さらに、日本の財団法人知的財産研究所の客員研究員にも招聘された。


特許出願および特許訴訟に関して50編あまりの論文を執筆しており、これらの論文はJournal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society、Patent World、American University Law Review等の定期刊行物、さらにAIPLAの出版物に掲載された。また、AIPLAの Quarterly Journal、IP World、Patent World、そしてIP Strategy & Management誌の編集委員や、特許法に関する書籍の編集者にもなっている。特許訴訟や特許法に関する講演も頻繁に行っている。


ミシガン大学卒業(理学学士号(化学工学専攻)、理学学士号(化学専攻)、人文学士号(コミュニケーション専攻)、すべて成績優秀で取得、1982年)。ミシガン大学ロースクール卒業(法学博士号、優等(cum laude)で取得、1986年)。Michigan Yearbook of International Legal Studies 誌の主任編集委員を務めた。



Awards and Recognition

  • Professional designation of “Master Advocate” by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA®)
  • Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingsTM system, for 20 years including currently
  • Named as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2020)
  • Selected to appear in IP Stars from Managing IP (MIP) magazine for his intellectual property work in Japan since 2015 and in Washington, D.C. since 2014
  • Recognized in the Chambers Global 2014 and 2015 guides for his extensive knowledge of US IP law and matters pertaining to the chemical, pharmaceutical and chemical engineering arenas and was praised for the skilled and experienced approach he takes to handling matters
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in intellectual property in the area of international firms and joint ventures in Japan (2010, 2011) and in the area of corporate mergers & acquisitions: Japan: International firms and joint ventures (2011)
  • Selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for Washington, D.C. (2019 – 2020)


Michael was on the board of directors of the AIPLA. He was an adjunct professor of law at The American University and at George Mason University and Temple University (Tokyo) law schools. He has also taught at the John Marshall School of Law and the University of Michigan (at both undergraduate level and law school). He was chair of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemistry and the Law and recipient of the ACS’s Middlekauf Award. Michael was also selected as a Fellow of the AIPLA. In addition, he was an “Invited Research Scholar” at Japan’s Institute of Intellectual Property.

Presentations and Publications

Michael has written over four dozen articles on patent prosecution and litigation. His articles have been published in such periodicals as Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, Patent World, American University Law Review, and in AIPLA publications. Michael was on the editorial boards of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal, IP World, Patent World, and IP Strategy & Management, and has edited books on patent law. He also speaks frequently on patent litigation and patent law topics.


27 January, 10 February, 17 February Events

Winning in the Unknown - U.S. Intellectual Property Development Seminar Series

Japanese businesses with global footprints have been faced with stretching their strategic prowess and tactical agility in recalibrating their business goals and IP operations.
16 October 2019 Events

2019 Foley Tokyo IP Conference

07 September 2017 Events

Global Impacts in Flux: Strategies for IP and Legal Leaders

The global economic power dynamics are in a constant “refresh” mode, presenting new challenges for IP and legal executives in deciding where and how to develop and guard their IP assets. The recent deluge of broad IP decisions in the United States further exacerbates the complexity.
01 March, 2017 Events

A Closer Look at Patent Licensing

In the patent world, much attention is focused on the financial impact of litigations; but licensing patents can also be a good way to generate revenue.
08 September 2016 Events

IP Today: Capturing the Competitive Edge - Weighing the Impact of Change in the U.S. IP World

A team of experienced Foley partners from the firm's Intellectual Property Practice will host IP Today: Capturing the Competitive Edge - Weighing the Impact of Change in the U.S. IP World on September 8, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.
30 June 2016 Events

IP Today: Capturing the Competitive Edge - U.S. Patent Prosecution Seminar Series

A team of Foley partners from the firm's Intellectual Property Practice, along with Aoyama & Partners, will launch IP Today: Capturing the Competitive Edge - U.S. Patent Prosecution Seminar Series on June 30, 2016.