Michael Bernadicou


Industry focus

How I represent clients at Schwabe

I help clients that range from early to late-stage ‎start-ups, in addition to mid-sized and Fortune 500 ‎corporations tackle issues with patents. My ‎intellectual property protection experience has ‎focused on semiconductor devices, semiconductor ‎physics, semiconductor processing and equipment, ‎micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), circuits, ‎clean technology, and medical devices.‎

I also provide a full range of patent-related services, including patent ‎analysis, due diligence evaluations, patent validity, and infringement ‎opinions, patent landscape reviews (exclusivity/freedom to operate), ‎patent portfolio management, counseling clients on IP strategy, ‎preparation and prosecution of patent applications, patent ‎appeals, reexamination, and reissue applications, negotiating IP ‎licenses, and litigation support. Prior to becoming a lawyer, I was a process ‎engineer, which gave me extensive technology experience and insight into ‎the field.‎


  • University of California, Davis, Bachelor of Science degree, Electric and Computer Engineering (1986)
  • University of Santa Clara, Law School, Juris Doctor degree ‎(1991)


  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • IP Stars California (2016-2020)

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