Practice Areas

Michael Pate’s IP practice includes patent prosecution, patent portfolio management, transactions, due diligence work, agreements, opinions (including validity, infringement, patentability, right-to-practice (RTP), and freedom-to-operate (FTO) opinions), counseling, offensive and defensive patent issues, licensing, and litigation. He also serves as an expert witness in technical and intellectual property legal issues. He works with foreign IP firms and foreign clients with respect to domestic and international patent prosecution, including Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) work.


The technical focus of his practice includes many areas of software, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things, computer technology, automotive technology, communications, networks, databases, datacenters, cloud computing, internet systems, and many other areas.



  • Guided start-ups through Fortune 10 companies with respect to identifying IP for protection, filing for patent protection, and prosecuting patent application
  • Provided assistance to foreign clients and associates with respect to patent filings in the United States
  • Provided assistance to U.S. clients with respect to patent filings in foreign countries
  • Assisted clients with internal IP quality and value audits


Prior Professional Experience

Pate, Pierce & Baird, P.C.

Workman Nydegger

Dorsey & Whitney



MSEE, University of Utah, 2014

Juris Doctorate, Brigham Young University, 2005

BSME, Brigham Young University, 2002



State Bar of Utah

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Michael Pate

Attorney at Law

Office  408.288.7588

Fax  408.288.7542


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