Michael specializes in drafting and prosecuting patent applications. He focuses his work in fields related to biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, medical devices, chemistry, and oil and gas. Michael’s knowledge extends to patentability, validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate issues.
He also counsels clients on international patent strategies and portfolio management. Additionally, he has experience in assisting startup companies grow. Michael co-founded StartUp & Grow™, a BLG initiative that offers practical, efficient legal solutions tailored to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, start-ups, early-stage and growth-stage companies, and also includes flexible fee arrangements.
Before joining BLG as an articling student, Michael conducted doctoral research in biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. While completing his research, Michael also attended law school at the University of Alberta. Following graduation from law school and defending his thesis, Michael was called to the British Columbia bar in 2013 and passed the Canadian Patent Agent exams in 2015.