“Identifying and understanding objectives is key to accomplishing them.”

-Attorney Michael T. Fluhler

Michael is an internationally recognized attorney and strategic business advisor. He is a registered patent attorney, and his practice spans all types of intellectual property (IP), business, litigation, transactional, branding, software, data, employment, and healthcare matters. He has advised and represented clients in a variety of fields including software, medical, financial, venture capital, defense, telecommunications, and vehicles. Michael focuses on understanding and achieving client objectives such as for revenue generation, IP monetization, customer/supply relationships, transaction value, risk reduction, and competitive advantage.

He has extensive experience in complex business and intellectual property matters involving trade secrets, utility patents, design patents, data rights, trademarks, copyrights, and know-how. This includes protection, litigation, licensing, and transactions related to products and services for software, healthcare, medical, mechanical, electrical, computer, vehicle, and engine technologies. Exemplary technologies include medical devices, mobile applications, implants, instruments, engines, controls, vehicles, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, sensors, automation, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), cybersecurity, blockchain, internet of things (IoT), telecommunications, mesh networks, and computer-implemented systems.

Michael is the chair of the IP Transactions Committee for American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA), a mentor for University of Michigan’s “Financing Technology Commercialization: A Venture Capital Practicum,” and a Michigan co-chair, past High Tech Sector chair and past annual meeting chair for the Licensing Executives Society (LES).

He has been recognized as a Rising Star in the top 2.5% of attorneys by Super Lawyers, one of the top 30 Up and Coming Lawyers by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and one of the top 300 IP strategists worldwide by Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM).

Practice Areas

Patents, Technology & Data
Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade Secrets
Monetization
Litigation
Transactions
Software & Computers
Medical Devices & Digital Health

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, JD, Intellectual Property Law Certificate

Purdue University, BS, Mechanical Engineering

Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
State Bar of Michigan
State Bar of Illinois

Honors & Awards

Super Lawyers Rising Stars – 2016-2020
IAM Strategy 300 Recognized Individual – 2016-2019
Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer – 2015

Professional Affiliations & Credentials

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)

Licensing Executives Society (LES)

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)

American Bar Association (ABA)

Detroit Economic Club (DEC)

Awards and Accolades