U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Dr. Michael Brodowski advises clients in connection with the creation, protection, and exploitation of patent and other IP rights in the U.S. and abroad in key marketplaces to support the clients’ business objectives. He has extensive experience and knowledge in post-grant proceedings including patent reexamination, reissue, and foreign opposition proceedings. Dr. Brodowski also counsels clients in avoiding competitors’ patent rights including freedom-to-operate studies. In addition, he drafts and negotiates patent license and other technology-related agreements; prepares patent opinions regarding infringement and invalidity; and conducts IP due diligence and audits for public and private business transactions including drafting patent opinions and prospectus language. He also assists patent litigation counsel.
Dr. Brodowski advises clients in the fields of chemistry including plastics and polymers, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals and chemical manufacturing; materials science and nanotechnology including composite materials; energy including petroleum processing, fuel cells, solar cells and biofuels; biotechnology; and health care including diagnostic assays, medical devices and personal care products.
Prior to joining Burns & Levinson in June 2012, he was a partner in the Boston office of K&L Gates and at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. Prior to entering the legal profession, Dr. Brodowski was a Project Chemist in the Product Development Group of the Toiletries Technology Laboratory at The Gillette Company. He is the first named inventor on issued U.S. and foreign patents. His doctorate studies included the multi-step synthesis of the top half of the macrolide antibiotic, cholorthricolide, using vitamin C as the starting material.
- American Chemical Society (Division of Chemistry and the Law)
- Boston Bar Association
- Boston Patent Law Association
- J.D., magna cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 1996.
- Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1990
- B.A., Chemistry, University of Rochester, 1985
- Dr. Brodowski was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (2013) in the field(s) of Biotechnology Law. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys throughout the country cast almost 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor.
Recent Articles and Publications:
Personalized Medicine: A Dynamic Patent Landscape
The National Law Journal (IP Supplement Online), December 12, 2011
Inadequate assignments can imperil patent rights
The National Law Journal, November 30, 2009
Managing Risks Associated with IP
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, July 2008
Managing Innovation: Patent Basics for Biotechnology Counsel (Chapter II)
Biotechnology and the Law, 2007
Good Patent Practices Never Out of Style
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, March 2006
Changes headed to patent system: Will you be ready?
Boston Business Journal, June 3-9, 2005
Biotech Research Tool Patents: The Good, The Bad, and Freely Available?
biotech.about.com, November 18, 2004
Making intellectual property portfolios attractive to venture capitalists
IP Value 2005: Building and enforcing intellectual property value., 2004
Excused from patent infringement liability? Think again
Mass High Tech, August 2, 2004
Foreign Patent Filing: Protecting Your Technology in a Global Environment
Global Intellectual Property Asset Management Report, July 2004
Due Diligence for an Investment in a Life Sciences Company
Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP’s Venture Update, Summer 2003
Provisional Patent Applications – A Trap for the Unwary
Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP’s Intellectual Property Observer, Winter 2003
American Chemical Society Webinar, 4.25.2013
Topic: Protect Your IP: A Guide to the Newly Implemented Patent Laws
American Chemical Society’s ACS Small and Medium Business Webinar™ Series, 1.12.2012
Topic: New Year and New Patent Laws That Scientists Should Know
American Chemical Society’s ACS Small and Medium Business Webinar™ Series, 9.30.2010
Topic: Global Patent Protection and International Business Strategies
Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association – New England, SAPA-NE 10th Annual Conference 2008, 6.14.2008
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Topic: A Global IP and Business Strategy
Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in partnership with MIT Technology Review: "Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Using Intellectual Property to Create, Protect and Realize Value for Your Business", 11.10.2004
Location: Cambridge, MA
Topic: Strategically Creating a Valuable IP Portfolio
226th American Chemical Society National Meeting, 9.7.2003
Location: New York, NY
Topic: Notebooks, Invention Disclosures, and Other Time Consuming Activities