Michael E. Dukes

Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • Illinois
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2006
  • M.S., Chemistry, with emphasis on Analytical Chemistry and Material Science, University of Michigan, 2002
  • B.A., Chemistry, with emphasis on Organic and Polymer Chemistry, Washington & Jefferson College, 2000

Michael is a registered patent attorney with a background in chemistry and material science. He concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property portfolio development and management, including patent preparation and prosecution, licensing, and strategic counseling.

Michael counsels companies of all sizes in the fields of organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, analytical chemistry, material science, biochemistry, and biotechnology. His patent prosecution experience covers a wide variety of technologies, including:

  • Chemical processing and synthesis
  • Biomaterials and nanomaterials
  • Polymers, plastics, films, and coatings
  • Scientific instruments and analytical methods
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Cosmetics, foods, and beverages
  • Consumer products
  • Metallurgy
  • Energy and clean technology

Michael prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications, including in developing and emerging markets such as China, India, Russia, Brazil, and various countries in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

He also advises clients on a variety of strategic intellectual property and business issues, including IP audits, freedom-to-operate, patent validity, and patentability, as well as trademarks and trade secrets.

On behalf of major universities as well as companies large and small, Michael negotiates and drafts IP agreements that include license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, research and manufacturing agreements, research and development agreements, and consulting agreements.

Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby, Michael was an attorney with Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP in Chicago, Illinois. Michael’s graduate research focused on the biocompatibility of coronary artery stents and implantable biosensors coated with nitric oxide releasing polymers and polymers having immobilized Cu(II)-ligand sites that generated nitric oxide in vivo.

  • Presenter, Duquesne University Small Business Development Center’s Annual Entrepreneurs Growth & Networking Conference, June 2019
  • Presenter, IP Strategy Seminar, Carnegie Mellon University Entrepreneurs Class, April 2019
  • Speaker, “Developments in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patent Law 2018,” Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., December 2018
  • Speaker, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, October 2018
  • Speaker, 2018 YLAI Fellows – GlobalPittsburgh, October 2018
  • Meet Your Mentor – Randall Family Big Idea Competition, February 2018
  • Presenter, “Patent Litigation,” C&G Academy, January 2018
  • “Intellectual Property for Business,” West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation Breakfast Seminar Series, Fairmont, West Virginia, June 2008
  • “Arctic Cat, Inc. v. GEP Power Products, Inc.,” C&G Intellectual Property Client Alert, May 16, 2019
  • “§ 156 Patent Term Extension Does Not Conflict With Obviousness-Type Double Patenting,” C&G Intellectual Property Client Alert, January 14, 2019
  • “Don’t Get ‘Ahead of the Science’ When Drafting Patent Claims, Says the Federal Circuit,” C&G Intellectual Property Client Alert, September 11, 2013