Michael K. Jones is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department, resident in the Philadelphia office.
A registered patent attorney, Mr. Jones’ practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property including strategic intellectual property counseling and portfolio management, patent procurement (including domestic and foreign rights), patent opinions (including freedom to operate, non-infringement, invalidity, patentability), IP due diligence, licensing, and enforcing and defending patent rights.
Mr. Jones has counseled clients in a variety of industries and in a wide range of technologies, including mechanical and electrical devices, electronics, communication systems, computer hardware, data collection and storage systems, content conditioning and delivery systems, software, artificial intelligence and machine learning, mobile device management and security, electrical power generation, distribution and control, electrical connectors, autonomous vehicles, medical devices, clean technologies, non-destructive testing, consumer products, apparel, biometrics, optics, printing and imaging systems, automotive, vessel design and construction, watercraft propulsion and auxiliary systems, manufacturing techniques, packaging, advanced materials, ecommerce, and business methods, including for example, business methods in the banking, insurance, investment and financial services industries.
In addition to being a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, Mr. Jones co-leads Pepper’s Cannabis Industry Group, advising cannabis clients on intellectual property issues, including patent applications, trademark filings and agreements (e.g., nondisclosure, license, collaboration, joint development, material transfer and website agreements).
Mr. Jones also is a member of the firm’s Technology Group; Defense Industry Team; Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team; Energy Industry Group; Food and Beverage Industry Group; Higher Education Group; Life Sciences Practice Group; Medical Device Group; Emerging Company Program; and Veterans Affinity Group.
Mr. Jones is experienced in helping higher education clients protect and commercialize the intellectual property developed by their researchers, faculty and students.
Mr. Jones joined Pepper from Woodcock Washburn LLP in Philadelphia, where he was a partner. Before earning his law degree, he was a patent agent with that firm. Earlier in his career, he was an engineer for more than ten years with the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Ship Systems Engineering Station. From a technology standpoint, Mr. Jones’ practical experience as an engineer is a valuable asset in his legal practice. His experience as a practicing engineer also helped him to gain a recognition and appreciation into the business forces that help drive various business decisions and, as an intellectual property lawyer, Mr. Jones uses that experience to consult and advise clients regarding various intellectual property issues.