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J.D., William Mitchell College of Law (1996),  magna cum laude

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Michigan  Technological University (1988),  cum laude

Professional and Trade Associations

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Association of University Technology Managers

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Admitted to Practice



Michaele Hakamaki



Michaele has been an attorney at the firm for over 20 years where she has worked with clients not just in the Twin Cities area but nationwide and internationally. Michaele’s practice emphasizes mechanical technologies with respect to U.S. and international patent prosecution, preparation of opinions on patent infringement and validity, and client counseling. She is experienced in a wide range of mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies, including medical and surgical devices, biotechnology, respiratory equipment, filtration equipment and processes, adhesives, ergonomic methods and products, home care products, cleaning products, office products, construction products, electronic devices, telecommunications devices, food products and manufacturing equipment, and semiconductor wafer fabrication and processing equipment. Michaele is skilled in preparing and negotiating intellectual property agreements, including technology transfer and licensing agreements, joint development agreements, and litigation settlement agreements. She also is experienced in performing due diligence reviews and intellectual property agreements for mergers and acquisitions. 

Michaele’s significant client counseling experience includes advising and rendering formal opinions regarding infringement, validity, patentability, enforceability, and freedom-to-operate issues and further includes strategic counseling regarding domestic and foreign patent portfolios, license negotiations and litigation strategy. She joined the firm after several years of experience as corporate in-house intellectual property counsel at a Fortune 500 company.