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With more than two decades of experience, Michael K. Dixon, a registered patent lawyer with mechanical and electrical experience, represents a range of businesses, including large, middle market, and start-up entities and research institutions, in procuring, defending, and monetizing their intellectual property rights. Mike develops and implements patent strategies for building and managing global patent portfolios, prosecutes patent applications, assesses infringement risk and assesses patent invalidity for clients in a number of technology area listed below. Mike is adept at working with clients seeking to identify and reduce patent infringement risks when bringing new products to the market. Mike conducts IP diligence studies on IP portfolios of acquisition targets in connection with corporate acquisitions.

Mike manages clients’ trademark portfolios via trademark clearance, registration, maintenance, protection, enforcement, licensing and litigation. Mike practices before each of the Patent and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Boards at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including patent post grant proceedings and trademark oppositions and cancellations. Mike also negotiates and drafts intellectual property agreements, including acquisition and sale agreements, patent and trademark licenses, software license and service agreements, assignments, releases, and concurrent use and service agreements.

Concentrations

IP Experience

  • Development and implementation of worldwide patent procurement efforts for global corporations
  • Patent and trademark prosecution in the U.S. and foreign countries
    • Patent prosecution and appeals
    • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) practice and procedures
    • Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) practice and procedures
    • International and domestic patent strategies
    • Trademark prosecution and appeals
    • Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) practice and procedures
    • Procure trademark protection abroad through the Madrid Protocol and national applications
    • Trademark clearance, procurement, maintenance, enforcement and licensing
  • Patent and trademark enforcement in the U.S. and foreign countries
  • Counseling U.S. and foreign clients in varied aspects of U.S. and international intellectual property law
  • Preparation and negotiation of technology acquisition, development, licensing and transfer agreements
  • IP due diligence supporting corporate acquisitions
  • Due diligence investigations and intellectual property audits
  • Freedom to practice audits and opinions
  • Patentability, infringement and invalidity opinions
  • Software acquisition and service agreements and licensing matters
  • Monetization of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, trade dress, domain names and copyrights

Technical Experience

  • Medical devices
  • Biomedical and surgical devices
  • Surgical systems and controls
  • Biofluid medical processing systems
  • Virtual machines and networks
  • AI and machine learning
  • E-commerce and user interfaces
  • Wired and wireless systems
  • Telephony systems
  • Enterprise cyber-security technologies
  • Software
  • Micro-electromechanical system
  • Fuel cells and batteries
  • Solar energy system and control systems
  • Smart home devices
  • Refrigeration and HVAC systems and controls
  • Manufacturing processing systems
  • Nuclear power generation systems
  • Power generation systems
  • Gas turbine engines
  • Marine systems
  • Vessel manufacturing systems
  • Water management systems and control systems
  • Wastewater systems and control system
  • Environmental remediation systems
  • Building construction systems
  • Heavy equipment
  • Automotive systems
  • Optics and optical control systems
  • Firearms and archery equipment
  • Outdoors recreation equipment
  • Sporting goods
  • Packaging
  • Consumer goods
  • Consumer appliances
  • Food, supplements, and nutrition technology

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented a global energy company for more than a decade in development and implementation of patent strategy and procurement of patents in the United States and foreign jurisdictions.°
  • Represented a global communications company for more than two decades in development and implementation of patent strategy and procurement of patents in the United States and foreign jurisdictions.°
  • Represented a global medical device company for more than two decades in counseling regarding patent infringement risks associated with introduction of new medical devices to the United States and European markets and in development and implementation of patent strategy and procurement of patents in the United States and foreign jurisdictions.°
  • Represented development-stage biotechnology company, which developed products and processes to treat major medical indications, in development and implementation of patent strategy and procurement of patents in the United States and foreign countries.°
  • Represented a national upscale restaurant company in assessment of patent infringement risks and development and implementation of an IP strategy in connection with a transition from traditional restaurant ordering to digital menus, online ordering, geofencing and customer data analytics.°
  • Represented a national upscale restaurant company in establishment of a cross-border aquafarming program with intellectual property agreements across multiple parties in multiple countries.°
  • Represented an environmental remediation startup company in development and implementation of patent strategy and IP licensing negotiations with a multinational company.°
  • Represented U.S. company with a large trademark portfolio in trademark portfolio work including trademark clearance, registration domestically and internationally, maintenance, protection, assertion of trademark rights and transfers of infringing domain names via UDRP proceedings.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Dixon prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Patent; Patent Law, 2023
  • Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2007-Present
  • Inventor of U.S. Patent No. 5,704,801 - Issued before Mr. Dixon’s legal career
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Patent Law Committee
  • Board Member – Boy Scouts of America, Gulfstream Council, 2017-Present
    • Sporting Clays Fundraising Tournament Co-Chair, 2018 & 2019
    • Sporting Clays Fundraising Tournament Committee, 2012-Present
  • Kairos Prison Ministry, 2014-Present
  • Former Board Member, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • Former Facilitator, National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values, Washington, D.C. and the Dominican Republic
  • Member, Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2006
  • Member, Leadership West Palm Beach, Class of 2004
  • Fundraiser, Mustard Seed Communities, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe
  • Former Young Friends Board Member, Florida Oceanographic Society
  • Former Mentor, Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Former Area Chairman, Ducks Unlimited-Wetlands Conservation

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., with Honors, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2000
    • Member, Florida Law Review
    • Articles & Assistant Production Editor, University of Florida Journal of Technology Law on Policy
  • B.S.A.E., emphasis mechanical systems, cum laude, University of Georgia College of Engineering, 1997
    • Passed Engineer-In-Training Exam, State of Georgia, 1997
Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office