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Michael L. Burns

Michael L. Burns IV

Of Counsel

Mike’s practice spans intellectual property litigation, intellectual property prosecution, and general litigation.

Mike has a national patent and trademark litigation practice.  This practice includes United States Patent and Trademark Office trial procedures, such as inter partes review. Mike’s experience in these areas encompassed various company brands and patented technologies such as computer software and hardware, construction equipment and materials, lighting products, Coriolis flow meters, medical devices, radio-frequency identification (RFID) products, computer and video games, and clothing.

Mike's intellectual property prosecution experience includes managing clients’ intellectual property, drafting applications, responding to office actions, and appealing rejections. He has also drafted numerous licenses and contracts, performed clearance investigation and analysis, and advised on mergers and acquisitions.

Bar admissionsNew JerseyPennsylvaniaUnited States Patent and Trademark Office
  • J.D., Widener University School of Law, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Civil Engineering, Catholic University of America


  • Co-author, "Don't Overlook Evidentiary Issues In Post-Grant Proceedings," Law360 (June 14, 2016)
  • Author, "What In-House Counsel Need to Know About Inter Partes Review," The Legal Intelligencer (Nov. 5, 2014)
  • Co-author, "Creativity Required: Developing a legal strategy to protect fashion in the United States," Law a la Mode, Issue 9 at 14-15 (Spring 2013 edition)
  • Co-author, "United States Patents: You Have to Play to Win," IGaming Business (UK), at 8-10 (May 1, 2013)
  • Co-author, "Choosing and Using Trademarks," The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania Law Weekly Section, at 8 (March 22, 2011)

Media Mentions

  • Quoted, "Entrepreneurs Look to Score Big on Eagles' Trick Play 'Philly Special,'" CBS Philadelphia and KYW Radio, February 13, 2018
  • Quoted, "Ahead of Super Bowl, fans fight for trademarks to profit off Eagles-themed gear," The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 29, 2018

Memberships And Affiliations

Federal Bar Association