Overview

Mike Mann brings a diverse background to the practice of intellectual property law. He was an army officer, a nuclear design engineer, a corporate general counsel, and an entrepreneur who launched a law firm and ran it for twelve years before merging that firm into Nexsen Pruet. Drawing on his background, he offers discipline, technical understanding, and his insight into a client’s perspective and business goals. All of Mike’s experiences meld to enable him to bring a substantial skill to his clients and to Nexsen Pruet as its senior intellectual property attorney.

In an increasingly complex and global world, Mike recognizes that intellectual property is 80% of a company’s value and that businesses cannot grow and prosper without innovation. Mike is active in domestic and international patent application preparation and prosecution, domestic and international Trademark registration, copyright registration, and advising clients with respect to intellectual property strategy and dispute resolution. He is comfortable with a wide range of technology, and has prosecuted more than 700 patent applications and nearly 1000 trademarks in the US and abroad. He also brings experience in licensing, negotiating and mediating disputes, alternative dispute resolution, and patent valuation.

He has written articles containing new perspectives on intellectual property, and has addressed academic, business and professional audiences on intellectual property subjects.

Community & Professional

  • South Carolina Technical College System, Former State Board Member
  • South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Math, Former Foundation Board Member
  • South Carolina Bar

Outside Nexsen Pruet

Outside the office, Mike spends time with his wife and extended family. He likes to travel to distant lands but also enjoys the family beach vacation. He is also an avid reader and fitness buff. He has been known to make wickedly good ice cream, cinnamon rolls, and pad Thai.

Experience

Mike is active in domestic and international patent application preparation and prosecution, domestic and international Trademark registration, copyright registration, and advising clients with respect to intellectual property and dispute resolution. He has personally registered nearly 1000 trademarks and obtained over 700 US patents and supervised attorneys in obtaining many more. Mike was one of three arbitrators in deciding a $37 million dispute involving damaged nuclear fuel.

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • "Legal Elite of the Midlands" - Intellectual Property
  • Listed in Managing Intellectual Property magazine's "IP Stars"

Media

Mike is a frequent guest speaker to business executives, law students and MBA students. His primary topic is intellectual property including intellectual property internationally and the America Invents Act. He has moderated panel discussions at the USC Moore School of Business IP Innovation and Business Summit on topics such as globalization of IP law, best practices in managing IP, and the differences between IP law in China versus the US.

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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What is your philosophy on client service?

I want to advise a client the way I would want to be advised if I were the client.

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