Mr. Mike McGurkPrincipal US Legal Advisor

US Registered Patent Attorney
J.D., George Washington University Law School (1988)
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware (1983)

Mike is a well-recognized US patent attorney who has built his 30+ year career at top law firms. He spent 28 years at Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner (4 years as managing partner) and also built and oversaw the Boston IPT Group at DLA Piper. Mike has a different perspective, having worked as a patent examiner in the chemical arts for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Mike’s due diligence experience is vast and involves pre-litigation, acquisition, in-license, freedom-to-operate product and/or process clearance, design around, and validity and patentability matters.

Furthermore, Mike is uniquely strong in both patent prosecution and patent litigation. His chemical engineering background gives him the versatility to understand numerous types of technologies. At the same time, he has litigated and counselled clients in district courts all over the United States and has handled numerous patent matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the USPTO.

Mike’s unique mix and breadth of experience – prosecution, litigation, diligence, licensing, and US government work – makes him extremely well-suited for identifying and understanding tricky legal issues and developing creative solutions. He has worked with clients ranging from small startups to large Fortune 100 companies. He provides counsel in due diligence matters, global portfolio development, and adversarial proceedings, including litigation, AIA post grant proceedings, and reexaminations. Mike works primarily in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, medical device, and mechanical fields.

Mike is active in the legal community and has held leadership positions at both the Boston Bar Association and the Boston Patent Law Association.

Recognized leader in intellectual property law by Chambers USA, 2013-2018.
Recognized leader in intellectual property law by The Legal Fortune 500, U.S., 2016-2018 (Tier 1, 2018).

Mike is the founder of McGurk Group LLC, which practices intellectual property law in the United States with a focus on patent law.