exclusively focuses his practice in the intellectual property law area. He started his first few years of practice as a Patent Examiner in Washington, D.C., where he examined over 300 cases, and received a letter of commendation from the Commissioner of the Patent Office.. He then spent over a decade working as an in-house counsel for several major corporations, including IBM, Xerox, and AT&T (NCR div.).
He was also the Chief Patent Counsel for CTS Corp., a multinational conglomerate, where he increased their patent portfolio by about 436% and was an inventor on several patents. In addition to prosecuting hundreds of software, electrical and mechanical inventions, Mr. Starkweather has been involved in performing major intellectual property audits, including audits for a twenty-million, thirty-million and a one-hundred-million dollar acquisition.
Mr. Starkweather has also been involved in building substantial patent portfolios incorporating many advanced patent strategies that positively affect stock prices of the company.
Additionally, Mr. Starkweather has participated in two major patent litigations involving Texas Instruments vs. Micron, and Monarch Marketing vs. AT&T; both included successful redesigns of products to avoid patent claims of plaintiffs.
Mr. Starkweather has lectured about business and technology at Brigham Young University, taught law at the University of Phoenix, and is currently teaching at the University of Utah on IP Valuation and Portfolio Management Strategies Michael W. Starkweather received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin, where he achieved the Engineering Dean’s Honor List. In 1988 he received his J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, College of Law, where he interned for the Wis. Supreme Court. His philosophy is that patents are a tool for the businessman to achieve strategic business objectives within given monetary constraints.