Michael A. Bondi, Attorney

Biography

Bringing his extensive trademark and patent management experience to clients in a broad range of industries, Michael Bondi provides value not only by reviewing the uniqueness of the invention or trademark, but also by weighing its potential benefit to the client's business plan.

Taking a pragmatic approach to protecting intellectual property, Michael looks at what items can be protected and also whether the potential benefits of obtaining such protection outweigh the associated costs. While such analysis might reduce short-term revenue from clients, it enhances something that is much more valuable to him: his client's trust.

Michael focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark applications. He has advised clients on issues relating to developing and protecting products that are sourced overseas for sale through big-box retailers.

Michael enjoys the variety of working with both large companies who have complex multi-national trademark and patent portfolios, as well as smaller companies and individuals who are selecting their first trademark or filing their first patent application. Michael's substantial record of achievement working on behalf of all of the above has been honored with a "Trademark Insider Award," recognizing the top 25 trademark attorneys in the nation.

In the field of patents, he has substantial experience in the areas of plastic formulation and processing, food processing and packaging, agricultural fertilizers and feed, laser processing devices, medical devices, and sporting equipment.

Michael has advised both domestic and international clients on Internet-related issues such as the registration and transfer of domain names and resolution of domain name ownership disputes. Enhanced by visits, Michael continues to leverage his international expertise through strong relationships with law firms in various countries such as China, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and United Kingdom.

In addition to educating clients, Michael enjoys mentoring young intellectual property attorneys on aspects of patent and trademark law.

While attending John Marshall Law School, Michael was the Executive Production Editor and a published author in the Software Law Journal. He was a member of the Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court competition. Michael also served as a research intern for Dean Howard T. Markey, former Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

If you have any questions regarding intellectual property matters or the management of your intellectual property portfolio, please contact Michael.

Practice Areas

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) – Former Information Resources Committee
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)

Honors & Recognition

  • "Trademark Insider Top 50," 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, J.D.
  • University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, B.S., Chemical Engineering

Personal Interests

  • Away from the office, Michael enjoys downhill skiing and another fast-paced sport: keeping up with his three daughters' many activities. He has retired from soccer coaching, but the memories of kicking and screaming will last a lifetime.