Mike Schofield focuses his practice primarily on preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications, primarily in the mechanical and chemical arts.
Prior to joining Abel IP, Mike gained extensive experience in all facets of preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications for technologies primarily in the mechanical, electrical, and chemical arts with the Dallas-based law firms of Conley Rose, P.C. and Lightfoot Alford, PLLC. He worked directly with clients, inventors, and in-house counsel to understand, explain, capture, and protect all aspects of their intellectual property. Mike also has developed an aptitude for evaluating and identifying infringement and patentability issues to aid clients in strategically achieving their business objectives.
Prior to becoming an intellectual property attorney, Mike began his career as a Mechanical Engineer with Forney Corporation in Dallas, TX, designing duct burner systems and continuous emissions monitoring systems for use in domestic and foreign power plants. He then worked for Maxim Integrated Products (formerly Dallas Semiconductor), where he spent almost seven years designing test hardware for cutting edge semiconductor devices, and gaining invaluable firsthand experience effectively communicating and working with other engineers and personnel in a corporate environment. Throughout his engineering career, Mike developed a robust appreciation for the interaction between engineering and intellectual property, which eventually drove him to attend law school.
Areas of Experience
- Patent Preparation and Prosecution
- Trademark Preparation and Prosecution
- Counseling clients on non-infringement and patentability issues.
- Construction Materials and Products
- Control Systems
- Food Service Equipment
- Hydrocarbon Drilling and Production Equipment
- State Bar of Texas
- Licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Oklahoma City University School of Law, J.D. 2010
- Texas A&M University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1999