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  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • B.S., Carnegie Mellon University

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (registered patent attorney)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Michael Monyok focuses his practice on intellectual property matters and represents startups to large public companies in all aspects of intellectual property procurement, management, licensing, and litigation.  Michael’s work includes prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications, obtaining trademark registrations, registering copyrights, and helping clients protect their trade secrets.  Michael also assists startups and emerging businesses navigate the complex legal issues that often face new ventures.

Professional/Community Involvement

  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • The Q. Todd Dickinson Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Barrister
  • Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, Member
  • Three Rivers Venture Fair, Coach’s Committee
  • Penn State Venture and IP Conference, Coach’s Committee
  • Carnegie Mellon University Venture Challenge, Judge

Additional Information

Michael is a native Pittsburgher and currently resides in Sewickley with his wife and children.  As a former swimmer and captain of his college swim team, Michael can be found in the local pool teaching his kids when he is not immersed with the latest inventions.

  • Working with inventors in preparing and prosecuting patent applications.
  • Assisting clients challenge patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Drafting IP license agreements.
  • Guiding clients on the infringement and validity of patents.
  • Litigating patent, trademark, and copyright infringement matters.
  • Preparing freedom to operate opinions.
  • Counseling clients seeking venture funding.
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
    • IP and Technology Law Certificate
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering and in Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • “Are Company Board Members Doing Enough to Stop Cybercrime?” The Colorado 100, November 27, 2017.
  • “Legal Basics Bootcamp,” Presenter, The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, September 22, 2016.
  • “Legal Considerations,” Speaker, The Author’s Zone Writers Conference, September 10, 2016.
  • “Five Key Aspects of New Federal Trade Secret Protection Law,” MUS Client Advisory, May 13, 2016.
  • “After Lexmark, Is International Patent Exhaustion on the Horizon?” Moderator, ABA IP Roundtable, December 2015.
  • “3-D Printing Creates new Dimension of IP Concerns,” The Legal Intelligencer, April 2015.
  • “Business Workshop: Consumers, Not Judges, Get to Decide Trademarks,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Business Workshop, March 3, 2015.
  • Foreign Direct Investment: A View from the Inside, Contributor, The Global Legal Post, 2016.