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Michael N. Vranjes

Michael N. Vranjes

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With a dual degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering, and as a former mechanical engineer, Michael provides clients with the unique perspective of an attorney who not only understands the science behind many different technologies, but also the legal side required to protect their rights. He concentrates his practice on patent prosecution and the protection of technology in various technical disciplines, with an emphasis on mechanical, biomedical, optical, software, and electrical inventions.

Prior to joining HSE, Michael practiced with Simpson & Simpson. He began his legal career as a patent attorney at IBM, where he represented the company in all aspects of patent prosecution including responding to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office actions, wrote patent applications, and consulted with inventors regarding invention disclosures, primarily with respect to mechanical, software, and robotics-related inventions.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Associate Producers Circle, Buffalo-Toronto Public Media
  • Young Professionals Board, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, 2023 Cohort
  • Member, Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member, Phi Alpha Delta
  • Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Patent Practice, University at Buffalo School of Law, 2020
  • Guest Lecturer, Intellectual Property Law, Niagara University
  • Guest Lecturer, Intellectual Property Law, Blackstone LaunchPad at University at Buffalo

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, 2022-2023
  • Recipient, Ronald W. Rosken’s Scholastic Achievement Award, University at Buffalo

NEWS

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

EDUCATION

  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.
  • University at Buffalo, Dual B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, cum laude

With a dual degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering, and as a former mechanical engineer, Michael provides clients with the unique perspective of an attorney who not only understands the science behind many different technologies, but also the legal side required to protect their rights. He concentrates his practice on patent prosecution and the protection of technology in various technical disciplines, with an emphasis on mechanical, biomedical, optical, software, and electrical inventions.

Prior to joining HSE, Michael practiced with Simpson & Simpson. He began his legal career as a patent attorney at IBM, where he represented the company in all aspects of patent prosecution including responding to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office actions, wrote patent applications, and consulted with inventors regarding invention disclosures, primarily with respect to mechanical, software, and robotics-related inventions.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Associate Producers Circle, Buffalo-Toronto Public Media
  • Young Professionals Board, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, 2023 Cohort
  • Member, Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member, Phi Alpha Delta
  • Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Patent Practice, University at Buffalo School of Law, 2020
  • Guest Lecturer, Intellectual Property Law, Niagara University
  • Guest Lecturer, Intellectual Property Law, Blackstone LaunchPad at University at Buffalo

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, 2022-2023
  • Recipient, Ronald W. Rosken’s Scholastic Achievement Award, University at Buffalo

NEWS

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

EDUCATION

  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.
  • University at Buffalo, Dual B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, cum laude
Michael N. Vranjes
Michael N. Vranjes