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Michael V. Messinger


Partner, Sterne Kessler Goldstein and Fox, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., Duke; J.D., Georgetown

Professor Messinger is a partner at Sterne Kessler Goldstein and Fox. He works with company managers, directors and employees to identify and leverage intellectual property...

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Professor Messinger is a partner at Sterne Kessler Goldstein and Fox. He works with company managers, directors and employees to identify and leverage intellectual property assets. He handles complex patent matters involving inter partes and post-grant review, reexamination, reissue and appeals. Represents and opposes patent assertion entities in a variety of contexts. He is a leader in the area of fast-track patent examination in the United States and abroad.

Professor Messinger is a graduate of Duke University, B.S. Physics, with a law degree from Georgetown University.

He has extensive experience prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications and developing strategic patent portfolios. Professor Messinger has written and prosecuted numerous patent applications including those related to computer networking (Internet, World-Wide Web, Java technologies), communications protocols, browsers, geographical information systems, high-speed optical communications, optoelectronics, graphics processing, data mining, voice-over-IP, cryptography, and multi-processor computer architecture. Hundreds of patents he and his teams helped obtain have been successfully enforced or acquired. He has also provided infringement and validity analysis in opinion work and in support of litigation for computer-related patents, including having served as a patent expert in an EDVA litigation.

Professor Messinger was a patent examiner for over six years in Group 2500 (Radiant Energy) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He examined patent applications and granted U.S. patents covering a variety of optical electronic circuits and systems including video camera inspection systems, scanners, fiber optic sensors, imaging CCD arrays, and photosensitive semiconductor junctions. He regularly publishes and speaks on emerging topics in patent strategy and practice in the United States and abroad.

Professor Messinger has taught courses in Patent Office Litigation, IP Law, Patent Prosecution and Patent Drafting at the USPTO, and a local community college and law school. He also serves as the VA and DC area coordinator for the Cyprus Friendship Program, a volunteer organization that helps foster peace by bringing Cypriot teenagers together with U.S. host families.

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