Michael A. Jaskolski, Partner


IP Litigation. Develop and manage strategic direction of patent, trade secret and other litigation matters including both district count and office litigation (e.g., IPRs, CBMs, PGRs). Practice is geared toward front end deep dives to develop unparalleled level of understanding of all aspects of a case. Knowledge is power and early and detailed knowledge places our clients in a position of power regardless of whether or not our client is plaintiff or defendant. Twenty five years of experience drafting and prosecuting complex patents, preparing every facet of opinions, working with teams of litigators on all types of cases and developing and managing post grant Patent Office proceedings form the foundation of a unique and invaluable perspective on all aspects of litigation as well as complex prosecution and opinion work in the context of litigation.

Patent Prosecution. Preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications in a variety of technologies including:

  • Computer software, architecture, and networking
  • Encoding and encryption systems
  • Database systems and database management/compression algorithms
  • Business processes in various disciplines
  • Complex motor control.
  • Automated control systems
  • Electronics/diagnostics testing systems
  • Medical electronics and information systems
  • Medical imaging systems/software/methods in various modalities, including NMR, PET, CT
  • X-ray, etc.
  • Medical therapy systems
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Vision/Surveillance systems
  • Building/enterprise automation systems
  • Navigational systems
  • Audio equipment
  • Battery technology
  • Device/facility cooling systems/methods
  • Bridge erection and bridge construction systems/methods
  • Conveyor systems
  • Automotive systems
  • Special effects systems/methods
  • Industrial shelving systems
  • Electronic filtering methods/systems
  • Consumer goods
  • Brewing configurations/methods

IP Asset Management Counseling, Tool Development, and Implementation. Counseling clients in the development of technology and property rights related thereto under U.S. and foreign patent laws; developing and implementing of various IP asset management tools including:

  • Business-oriented IP strategic plans including clear succinct business objectives and educational processes/tools to communicate the strategic plans, to client personnel having a need to know
  • Ideation sessions for capturing existing IP and developing new IP
  • Web-based automated disclosure processes/procedures
  • Innovation-defining processes/procedures
  • Protection decision-making processes
  • Automated web-based patent and trademark portfolio analysis/tracking tools
  • Client IP mining tools used in due diligence endeavors
  • Competitor IP analysis tools/services
  • Automated web-based agreement policies/procedures/drafting tools
  • Web-based existing agreement/licensing tracking tools
  • Web-based "Major IP Matters" archives
  • Web-based client-specific "IP Portal"

Rights in Data Counseling. Counseling clients with respect to obtaining/maintaining rights to access, collect, archive, sell, or otherwise use data/information for various purposes (Rights in Data generally) that are provided by, collected from, or developed for client customers in various industries, the data/information including:

  • Product and product configuration development, research, design, and manufacturing information/know-how
  • Web-collected purchasing/accessing/activity information
  • Web-solicited information
  • Remotely collected information related to customer system operations (e.g., remotely collected building operating information)

Cyber Counseling. Counseling clients in all aspects of cyber-law, including:

  • Privacy and related issues
  • Copyright and related issues
  • Trademark and domain name matters
  • Digital signatures and electronic retention of records
  • Jurisdiction matters
  • Business methods
  • Development and hosting agreements
  • Terms, conditions, and disclaimers for site use
  • Encryption
  • Web posting
  • Spamming
  • Online contests

Licensing. Counseling clients with respect to licensable assets, identifying potential licensees, negotiating license terms, and drafting complete succinct agreements.

IP Due Diligence Counseling. Counseling clients and providing succinct summaries regarding prudence of various types of contemplated relationships and negotiating positions based on:

  • Business-oriented analysis of client's IP assets in relevant technology disciplines and how those assets relate to a potential business partner's products/services/IP assets
  • Business-oriented analysis of potential business partner's products/services/IP assets and how those assets relate to client's business objectives

Representative Patent & Technology Clients.

Steelcase Inc., Epic Systems, Ultratec, Inc., Captel Inc., Rockwell International, Inc., General Electric, J Cognex Corp., Inc., Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Tellaric, Inc., Jorgensen Conveyors, Inc., University of Michigan, Sigma Services, Inc., Bridge Technology, Inc., Versatile Products, Inc.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1992)
    • Tau Beta Pi
    • Eta Kappa Nu
    • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Marquette University (B.S.E.E., 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Recognition

  • Named Best Lawyers' "2012 Milwaukee Patent Law Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named Best Lawyers' "2011 Milwaukee Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2007–present: Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law)
  • Listed in Chambers USA® (2008–2017: Intellectual Property)