Michael Stein

Adjunct Professor


Michael Stein’s keen interest in maintaining the highest skill level in patent law has led to a strong network of contacts in the intellectual property field nationally and internationally.

Michael is Chair of the Electronics and Computer Law Committee for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). In 2000 and 2002, Michael served as Chair and moderator of AIPLA’s national Road Show on Advanced Electronics and Computer Patent Prosecution. In the 2004 Road Shows, Michael participated as a lecturer on the topic of the duty of candor owed by practitioners before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Michael has been appointed to the board of editors of American Lawyer Media’s Start-Up and Emerging Companies newsletter. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences on the topic of software, e-commerce and business method patents. More recently, in March 2006, Michael served as co-chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s 2006 IP Institute. In April 2006, Michael spoke on the subject of patent pools at a symposium on the intersection between Antitrust and IP laws, which was jointly sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission and the Seattle University School of Law.

Michael’s participation at a leadership level in many industry initiatives has a clear purpose. “I want to be at the cutting edge of the law,” he says. “Not only to establish our firm as a leading practice in the field, but to help us serve each of our clients more efficiently and cost-effectively.”

Industry leadership is particularly important in his fields of special interest - wireless telecommunications and software technologies, and computer-implemented business models - where the law is fluid and dynamic.

Michael’s success with his approach to cutting-edge IP law was recently demonstrated in his work with client TruePosition Inc. He helped TruePosition build a portfolio of patents relating to wireless location. Some of the TruePosition patents were recently asserted in litigation and resulted in a monetary settlement for TruePosition.


Woodcock Washburn
Seattle, WA
Phone: (215) 557.5908
E-mail: stein@woodcock.com


  • B.S., Drexel University, 1983
  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law, 1990