Michael A. Mann: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Michael A. Mann

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Columbia,  SC  U.S.A.
Phone803.771.8900

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Alternative Energy Law
  • Computer, Internet and Technology
  • Energy Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Litigation
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Startups - Innovation Team
  • Energy
 
University Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1969; Pennsylvania State University, M.S., 1974; Additional courses in various technologies including computer engineering and nanotechnology, and in alternative dispute resolution techniques
 
Law SchoolDuquesne University, J.D., 1979
 
Admitted1979, Pennsylvania (inactive); 1980, South Carolina; U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
 
Biography

Mike Mann practices in the Intellectual Property group, focusing on the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, advising clients regarding patent, trademark and copyrights issues, intellectual property licensing and dispute mediation.

Mr. Mann has a wide variety of experience including six years as a design engineer and seven years as corporate general counsel for a technical services company. He formed the intellectual property law firm of Michael A. Mann, P. A., in Columbia, SC in 1987, which joined Nexsen Pruet in 1998 to substantially augment the latter's intellectual property capabilities and bring the breadth of Nexsen Pruet's capabilities to his clients.

In addition to being comfortable with a broad range of technology, Mr. Mann's background as a general counsel gives a unique perspective on the challenges that face corporations in dealing with intellectual property issues. Mr. Mann is also trained as a mediator and negotiator of intellectual property disputes. He frequently lectures and writes on intellectual property subjects.

In the mid-1990s, Mr. Mann read about the Visual Literacy Festival of Richland School District One. The festival includes six contests per year with each featuring a different type of creativity, such as a puppet-making contest, a book-making contest, a photography contest, a political cartoon contest, a computer graphics contest and a video contest.

Mr. Mann offered to sponsor an award for the most creative entry. When he joined Nexsen Pruet, the firm continued that tradition of sponsoring the Award for Creative Excellence to the winner. "What is gratifying to me is that the winners of the award are not always the academically successful kids or the star athletes who are normally the recipients of recognition," says Mann. "Rather they are many times the nameless, faceless kids who go unnoticed through the hallways. Winning this contest is often the first time they have ever been recognized for anything. That recognition can change their lives for the better. If we encourage these creative kids, someday they may return the favor by changing ours."

Mr. Mann has a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, a law degree from Duquesne University and has taken additional courses in other technical fields and in intellectual property mediation.

Career Highlights

· Registered patent attorney

· Mediator and negotiator of intellectual property disputes

· Listed on World Intellectual Property Organization's roster of qualified neutrals for arbitration and mediation of intellectual property disputes

· South Carolina Bar - Intellectual Property Committee, Former Chairman

· The Harmony School, Former Board Chairman

· South Carolina Technical College System, State Board Member

· South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, Foundation Board Member

· "Legal Elite of the Midlands" - Intellectual Property, 2012

News

16 Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Listed in "Legal Elite of the Midlands" for 2012
Sixteen Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been listed in Columbia Business Monthly's 2012 "Legal Elite of the Midlands."

"Mann: High-tech education key to growing economy"
The April 29th edition of The State newspaper features a guest column written by Nexsen Pruet's Mike Mann, who chairs the firm's Intellectual Property Group. It is entitled "Mann: High-tech education key to growing economy."

Nexsen Pruet Earns Designation as 'Midlands Green Business'
Nexsen Pruet has earned designation as a Midlands Green Business, joining other Columbia-area organizations that are committed to environmentally responsible practices in the workplace.

Michael Mann Appointed to Board of SC Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Foundation
Nexsen Pruet is proud to announce that Intellectual Property attorney Mike Mann has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Foundation.

Nexsen Pruet to Sponsor 6th Annual Innoventure Conferences
When entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, educators, and business leaders gather for the 6th annual InnoVenture Conference in Greenville, they'll have the full support of Nexsen Pruet. The law firm is a founding sponsor of the event, which brings together global thought leaders from the corporate, technology, and higher education worlds in a day-long event scheduled for March 24 at the Carolina First Center.

Intellectual Property Group Recognized in Leading Trade Publication
Nexsen Pruet announced today that it has been recognized in "Who Protects Innovation in America 2008" by IP Law & Business.

Columbia Information Technology Council Announces First Sponsor for Palmetto Pillar Awards
The Columbia Information Technology
Council (ITC) announced that Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard is the
premier event sponsor for the Greater Columbia ITC Palmetto Pillar
Awards gala, Feb. 7.

Publications

Privacy Law - Why Compliance is Crucial to Your Business
Privacy law touches the lives of all of us in different ways. To a constitutional junky, it simply provides protection from government intrusion. To A-list celebrities, it can keep candid pictures off the front page of a tabloid. But what does privacy law mean to your business lawyer? The answer boils down to one word - compliance.

The America Invents Act: The Big Lesson Learned in the First Year
Since the Smith-Leahy America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law, court decisions have turned on provisions of the act.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Branch Office Near You
Could U.S. Patent and Trademark Offices be as proliferate as Starbucks coffee shops? Mike Mann sure hopes so!

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:

"Intellectual Property is Warware for Market Share" by Michael Mann and "Seven Tips for Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Age of Social Media" by Corby Anderson

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
- The Venture Capitalist Said "Protectable IP" by Michael Mann
- Challenging Issued Patents After September 16, 2012 by Townsend Belser

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution and The America Invents Act
By Michael A. Mann
- Wake-Up Start-Up: A Start-Up and Small Business Patent Strategy for the Future?
By Amy Allen Hinson

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
-"When You Need Your Patent Fast: Choosing Between "Track 1" and Accelerated Examination"
By Michael A. Mann
-"Dot Com Who?"
By Sara C. Kanos

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
-The America Invents Act
Mike Mann discusses the most comprehensive reform of the U.S. patent system since 1952.
-NPR's This American Life Takes on the Patent System
Dan Leonardi reviews "When Patents Attack," the recent episode from radio show This American Life.
-Hey! You Stole the Invention I Paid You to Invent!
Will Lewis addresses the best way to ensure employees do not run off with the inventions they were hired to invent.

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
-Stanford v. Roche: A Cautionary Tail for Employers
-Intellectual Property is 80% of the Value of a Business!
-Avoiding Confrontations with Licensing Firms

International Law Update
Appeals court says international contract requires litigation in England.

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
- World's Largest Patent Troll Finishes Cookbook, Files Lawsuit
- Design Patents
- Why Should We Care About Alternative Energy and Going Green?

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
My company has no intellectual property... or does it?
Brain Child
What the Librarian of Congress has to do with your cell phone

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
- Shaking Up Trademarks
- What's a Bilski?
- How Does Cotton Affect Patent Rights in Brazil?

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
- The Patent Reform Act of 2010
- Notable IP Group Activities
- The Transformative Obama "Hope" Poster Fair Use or an Infringing Derivative Work?

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
-Further Affiant Sayeth Not...
-Wiping Out Patent Infringement Damages - The Reexamination Strategy
-Mediation and Asymmetric Mis-information

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
- South Carolina and The Wind Energy Debate
- Virtual Mediation
- Damages in Patent Cases
- Liability Risks for Corporate Networking Websites

I wrote it; I own it!... Don't I?
Ownership of Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, Know-how and Trademarks

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains articles related to:
1. Trademark Protection in NC Under State Statutes
2. Using a Trademark in Commerce
3. Damages in Patent Cases, Part 2 of 3

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains articles related to:
1) The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (a.k.a. PRO-IP Act)
2) Damages in Patent Cases, Part 1 of 3
3) Non-traditional Trademarks and Servicemarks

Real Estate Developers and their Intellectual Property
There is something magical about turning a parcel of raw land into a place where people live and raise their families, where businesses go about their business, or where people return for their vacations year after year.... A developer's deed protects the real property. What protects the intellectual property?

Intellectual Property Team Holiday Cards
Each year, Nexsen Pruet's Intellectual Property team creates holiday cards for clients and contacts. In the spirit of the holiday season, we take a look back at the cards from years past.

Intellectual Property Update

Intellectual Property Beyond the Frontier

Patent Claims and the Claim Game

Patents on Methods of Doing Business

Provisional Patent Applications

Trademark Searches

Work made for hire and the independent contractor
This article addresses the two routes of transferring ownership of copyrights from the independent contractor to the contracting party and the advantages of using the "work made for hire" route as opposed to an assignment of rights.

Cost Comparison of Official Fees for Euro-PCT Application
This schedule outlines the official fees through the EP Regional phase entry of an international (PCT) application filed with the RO/US. It compares the cost for an application which chooses the USPTO as ISA and IPEA to those for the same application where the EPO is the ISA and IPEA.

Mediation of Intellectual Property Disputes

"High-Tech" Patents

Non-Disclosure Agreements in South Carolina

Too Late to Patent? - The On Sale Bar

Presentations

The Smith-Leahy America Invents Act: Implications for a Global IP Strategy
Mr. Mann guest lectured on the new patent act in the context of growing intellectual property law harmonization to the Professional International MBA Program at the Moore School of Business on July 9, 2012.

Civic & Professional Memberships

· Carolina, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Lawyers Association

· South Carolina Bar

 
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Michael A. Mann

1230 Main Street, Suite 700
ColumbiaSC 29201




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