Michael Henry is a principal and the firm’s founding member. Michael specializes in creating comprehensive, growth-oriented IP strategies for innovative tech companies who are developing emerging technologies.
Before starting Henry Patent Law Firm PLLC, Michael was a senior-level associate at a top-ranked international patent law firm, where he managed global patent portfolios for Fortune 100 companies, preeminent research institutes and several emerging tech companies. He also served as an instructor at the firm’s national “boot camp,” where he trained patent attorneys who represent the world’s premier technology enterprises.
Michael has drafted hundreds of pending and issued patents covering a broad range of technologies. He routinely works with high-tech companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. He enjoys taking a hands-on approach, developing IP strategies that are tailored to the individual client’s technology and business objectives.
Michael also has several years of experience performing IP due diligence, structuring licensing agreements and managing IP transactions. Before attending law school at SMU, Michael earned his PhD in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, where his doctoral research focused on developing enhanced control techniques for quantum computers.
- Southern Methodist University, J.D., Order of the Coif, summa cum laude.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Nuclear Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
- Baylor University, Bachelor’s Degree, Physics Major, Mathematics Minor, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude
Michael is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (2006) and in the State of Texas (2012).
Publications & Presentations
- “What Would You Ask an In-House IP Counsel?”, Moderator for Panel Discussion CLE Hosted by the IP Section of the Dallas Bar Association, June 2016.
- “Nondisclosure Agreements (NDAs)—Why and How to Use Them,” published in the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section Newsletter, Spring 2016.
- “Help Me Help You,” Invited panelist on patent prosecution topics, 53rd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, The Center for American & International Law, November 2015.
- “Nondisclosure Agreements (NDAs)—Why and How to Use Them,” Invited article published in the State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter, Summer 2015.
- “Strategic Considerations in Drafting and Negotiating NDAs,” Fish & Richardson Litigation Blog, June 23, 2015.
- “SCOTUS: Post-expiration Patent Royalties Are (Still) Unlawful Per Se,” Fish & Richardson Litigation Blog, June 23, 2015.
- “The Standard NDA – Myth or Reality?” Fish & Richardson Litigation Blog, April 16, 2015.
- “Supreme Court Will Reconsider Brulotte, May Modify the Rule against Post-Expiration Royalties,” Fish & Richardson Litigation Blog, December 16, 2014.
- “Patent Prosecution Best Practices,” Invited panelist on patent prosecution topics, 52nd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, The Center for American & International Law, November 2014.
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