Michael H. Fleck, Associate


Michael Fleck practices in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group focusing on patent litigation, prosecution, and counseling. Michael has engaged in many aspects of litigation including pleadings, motions to dismiss, preliminary injunction proceedings, Markman briefing, fact discovery, expert discovery, summary judgment motions, and pre-trial motions and filings. Michael has also practiced before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  

In addition, Michael has significant patent prosecution and counseling experience and regularly advises clients in matters related to patent infringement, patent validity, patentability, and patent portfolio management. His experience includes:

  • Drafting over 90 utility patent applications and dozens of design patent applications; 
  • Prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications through issuance; 
  • Drafting non-infringement, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions; 
  • Conducting due diligence investigations for product releases and corporate acquisitions; and
  • Advising in-house counsel and corporate officers on drafting and prosecution strategies.

Michael has experience in a wide variety of technologies including

  • Aircrafts
  • Stock trading software
  • Sensors
  • Medical devices
  • Healthcare information systems
  • Process control systems
  • Childcare products
  • Dispensers
  • Valves
  • Motorized window shades
  • Pumps
  • Loading dock safety systems
  • Oil exploration and extraction systems
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Pool cleaners
  • Hammers, axes, and machetes
  • Lasers
  • Tracking devices
  • Filters
  • Fasteners

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2011)
    • DePaul Law Review (Member)
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Legal Profession (May 2010)
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Trial Advocacy II (May 2011)
  • North Carolina State University (B.S.M.E., magna cum laude, 2007)
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition (2015-present: Intellectual Property)
  • Judicial Extern for Justice Rodolfo Garcia, Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Sixth Division, Chicago, IL (January – May 2011)