Michael D. Van Loy, Ph.D.: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Michael D. Van Loy, Ph.D.


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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Procurement
  • Valuation & Assessment
  • International Patent
  • Joint Ventures
  • Medical Technology
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Collaborations & Technology Transfer
  • Energy Technology
  • Technology
  • Communications & Media
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.432.6000
Fax: 415-432-6001
University University of California - Berkeley, B.S., Chemistry; University of California - Berkeley, M.S., Civil/Environmental Engineering; University of California - Berkeley, Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering
Law SchoolSanta Clara University, J.D.
Admitted2006, California; United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional & Community Involvement:
•Board member, Chapter Executive Committee of MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego
•Former Chapter Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego


Michael Van Loy is a Member in the Intellectual Property Section. His practice focuses on all aspects of IP portfolio strategy development including drafting and prosecution of patent and trademark applications; preparation of patentability, infringement, and validity opinions; litigation preparation and support; licensing negotiations; and other monetization approaches.

Michael drafts and prosecutes patents and advises clients on IP issues in a wide range of technical fields, including motor vehicle engines and braking systems, chemical and environmental sensing and analysis, alternative energy sources and storage, emissions controls and remediation technologies for air and water, semiconductor design and production, batteries, wired and wireless telecommunications, e-commerce, satellite-guided navigation, software and database development and management, medical devices, pharmaceutical formulation and targeted delivery mechanisms, video compression, and optical coatings.

Before joining Mintz Levin, Michael worked as a patent agent for more than five years, first at a national intellectual property law firm in the Silicon Valley and then at a Palo Alto incubator venture fund, where he advised on intellectual property portfolio development strategies and provided in-house patent preparation and prosecution services for a group of seed-stage start-up companies focused on high-tech and chemical analysis. Prior to beginning his legal career, Michael was an environmental research scientist/project manager at a research institute in Palo Alto, where he co-managed and published the results of a large-scale, multidisciplinary study of the effects of air pollution on human health in an urban airshed.


• Mintz Levin Elevates Eight Attorneys to Members of the Firm, (05.13.2014)
• Mintz Levin's Pedro Suarez and Michael Van Loy to Present at Stanford University, (01.29.2013)
• Mintz Levin Attorney Michael Van Loy Selected as Vice Chair Of San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum, (07.21.2011)


•Co-author, USPTO Issues Newly Updated Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility that Further Clarifies Examination Standards under 35 U.S.C. 101 in Light of Alice v. CLS Bank, Intellectual Property Alert (08.04.2015)
•Co-author, USPTO Issues Interim Guidance on Patent Eligibility Under 101, Intellectual Property Alert (12.17.2014)
•Co-author, USPTO Expands Green Technology Pilot Program to Cover More Inventions, Energy & Clean Technology Intellectual Property Alert (06.04.2010)
•Author, Intellectual Property: Maximizing Returns on your IP Investment, San Diego Daily Transcript (01.31.2008)

Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, How Does the New Patent Law Affect You?, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (01.31.2013)
•Chair, All Meat, No Bun: Tips for a Lean, Mean, Start Up Machine, MIT Enterprise Forum, San Diego, CA (01.09.2013) (Also at San Diego Office)


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Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal on Grounds of Patent Ineligibility
Monique Winters Macek,Michael D. Van Loy, July 8, 2015
On June 23, 2015, the Federal Circuit affirmed the finding of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (“District Court”) dismissing the complaints in four related actions for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,707,505 (the ‘505 Patent) on the ground of...

C.D. Cal. Swims Against the Tide of Software Patent Ineligibility in Caltech v Hughes
Inna Dahlin,Michael D. Van Loy,Yogesh G. Yogesh, February 27, 2015
Patent applicants from the software and business method fields took notice after the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank International, et al. (“Alice,” 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014)) on June 19, 2014, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark...
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Michael D. Van Loy, Ph.D.

44 Montgomery Street, 36th Floor
San FranciscoCA 94104


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