Michael’s practice is primarily focused on trademark and copyright prosecution and litigation, Internet related contracts and domain disputes, privacy law compliance and entertainment law. Michael has a diverse trademark practice in industries ranging from entertainment, to technology, to fashion, to food and beer. He has a special connection with the music industry, especially guitar, amplifier and effects companies.

Areas of Expertise

Michael advises clients regarding brand names and trademarks and has prosecuted numerous trademark applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (www.uspto.gov/trademarks) as well as litigating trademark disputes at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in the federal courts. His clients are video and film makers, songwriters, artists, software developers, writers — content creators who seek advice about copyright issues. He prosecutes copyright applications at the U.S. Copyright Office (www.copyright.gov) and litigates copyright disputes in the federal courts.

Michael also advises clients on Internet related issues, including:

  • Related IT and business contracts,
  • Domain Names,
  • Domain disputes under the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Policy (UDRP),
  • Compliance with privacy laws,
  • Privacy notices and policies.

Current clients include

  • ChuChu TV
  • Beimar
  • Listen Local
  • Magma Mobile
  • Aerial MOB
  • Samlex America
  • Satellite Amplifiers
  • Naked Guitars
  • Echopark Guitars
  • Kauer Guitars
  • Track Star Studios
  • Promiscuous Fork
  • Ensenada Brewing
  • Sleeping Giant Music

Michael is a frequent speaker and panelist addressing intellectual property and entertainment law issues. He speaks regularly about entertainment related issues at the San Diego Music Thing.  He has published articles in various media, and publishes an entertainment and intellectual property related page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yourtmlawyer.

Michael spent 15 years in the electronics field, working as an electronics technician in the aviation industry, the music industry, television broadcast industry, and the US Air Force. He earned a General Class license from the Federal Communications Commission, a television broadcast technologist certificate, and was a certified FAA avionics repairman. He served in the Air Force as an avionics technician, graduating in the top 10% of his Air Force electronics training class. While in the Air Force, Michael maintained avionics communications systems on board B-52 and KC-135 aircraft.

As a practicing musician, Michael is uniquely qualified to handle entertainment law issues and advises clients in the music, TV/film and content creation industries regarding their intellectual property, business strategy and contracts and provides general industry counseling. Michael has toured the United States and Canada playing guitar and singing for a rock band. He still performs as a singer/songwriter around San Diego. He is long-time member of the San Diego Songwriter’s Guild.


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Video Resources:

  • What is a trademark

    A trademark is a brand name, a symbol of quality and a single source indicator of goods and services. Trademarks are how consumers find and remember specific goods and services among all the similar goods and services in the market place. It´s important to protect your brand by clearing, registering and policing your trademark. If you need help with trademark issues, please e-mail or call me.