Michael Colby

Founder, Partner



U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


Duke University
JD, College of Law

University of Washington
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and Control

University of Washington
BS, Ceramic Engineering

For twenty years Michael has drafted and prosecuted many hundreds of patents in the fields of computer hardware and software, cryptography, nanotechnology, sensors, telecommunications, and optics.

Michael’s background also includes teaching best practices in patent preparation and prosecution, as well as IP due diligence, technology licensing, and infringement and validity opinions.

Technical Experience

Software Fields: public/private key cryptography and secure hash algorithms, operating system and application level software, business methods, Internet-related technologies (including streaming media and DRM), augmented/virtual reality, and graphical user interfaces

Computing and Telecommunications Hardware Fields: wireless networks, wireless devices, wireless infrastructure, GPS devices, data collection and management, and computer hardware

Semiconductors:  semiconductor manufacturing, including MEMS and memory

Robotics and Automated Control Systems: materials processing, manufacturing, and sensors