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Michael R. Shevlin, J.D, P.E.


Experienced Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney with the ability to handle a broad range of IP related activities having special knowledge and experience in the field of patent and trademark prosecution and protection. Uniquely qualified attorney having both law firm and in-house experience along with practical engineering experience prior to the practice of law. Characterized as an innovative and resourceful professional, with extensive research, case preparation and advisory skills, and proven ability to meet deadlines, surpass targets and deliver results regardless of pressure.


  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.  Registered Professional Engineer. Licensed to practice law in California and U.S. District Court, Southern District of CA.


  • Highly efficient, reliable and industrious attorney with proven skills and extensive experience advising clients on a wide variety of legal matters gained via years of exemplary service for leading law firms and private companies. A team player with strong communication skills.


  • Practiced all aspects of worldwide intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent and trademark prosecution, client counseling including establishing strategies for global intellectual property development and exploitation, and intellectual property due diligence. Provided patentability, noninfringement, and invalidity opinions. Drafted licenses, assignments, and development agreements.  Provided litigation and M&A support.


  • Heavy patent and trademark prosecution skills with the ability to efficiently draft and prosecute patent and trademark applications in a timely fashion. Works well with inventors and excels at patent mining. He has filed hundreds of U.S. and foreign patent applications in a variety of technologies.


  • Experienced in providing opinion work, including freedom to operate analysis, clearance opinions, right to use opinions, infringement opinions, non-infringement opinions,and other type of opinions.   licensing and other agreement negotiation, and litigation and M&A support. clearance opinions, right to use opinions, infringement opinions and other type of opinions.




The Law Office of Michael R. Shevlin 2013 – Present


Alphatec Spine, Inc. 2009 – 2013

Senior Director, Intellectual Property


Townsend and Townsend and Crew (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton) 2007 – 2009

Intellectual Property Attorney


DLA Piper 2002 – 2007

Of Counsel


ALARIS Medical Systems (now CareFusion) 1999 – 2002

Senior IP Counsel


Gray Cary Ware & Friedenrich (now DLA Piper) 1998 – 1999

Intellectual Property Attorney


Medtronic Interventional Vascular 1993 – 1997

Patent Attorney




Hughes Missile Systems/General Dynamics 1989 – 1993

Engineering Specialist, Program Manager


United Technologies (Sikorsky Aircraft, Norden Systems, Advanced Systems Div.) 1981 – 1989

Senior Engineer


Rohr Industries (now UTC Aerospace Systems) 1980 – 1981

Design Engineer



Bar Admission and Licenses

California State Bar, 1994.  No. 174,357

US Patent and Trademark Office, 1994.  Reg. No. 38,724.

US District Court, Southern District of California, 1994

California Professional Engineer, Mechanical, License No. M23928



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