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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.  He counsels clients on cybersecurity threats and data protection, and conducts cyber security audits and provides guidance on regulatory issues. 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


  • “A Global Roadmap to Personal Data Protection – Asia Pacific, Europe & USA, 1st Edition”, Meritas, September 2018.
  • “Are Company Board Members Doing Enough to Stop Cybercrime?” The Colorado 100, November 27, 2017.
  • “Construction Could Be the Next Target for Cyberthreats,” Property Casualty 360°, September 2017.
  • “Construction Could Be the Next Target for Cyberthreats,” The Legal Intelligencer, August 2017.
  • “Congress Aims at Protecting Small Businesses From Cyberthreats,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 2017.
  • “Foreign Direct Investment: A View from the Inside”, Contributor, The Global Legal Post, 2016.
  • “Five Key Aspects of New Federal Trade Secret Protection Law,” MUS Client Advisory, May 13, 2016.
  • “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.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Intellectual Property: What You Need to Know,” Presenter, The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, June 19, 2018.
  • “Cybersecurity Guidelines,” Presenter, consortium of trustees for municipal pensions, May 23, 2018.
  • “Cybersecurity and the Construction Industry,” Presenter, Advisory Board Meeting of a Fortune 500 company, May 9, 2018.
  • “Business Practices & Considerations for a Healthy Business,” Presenter, The Institute For Entrepreneurial Excellence at The University of Pittsburgh, September 11, 2017.
  • “The Second Step: Practical Legal Considerations for Your Growing Business,” Presenter, The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, April 12, 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.