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Michael A. Mann


  • (T) 803.253.8282
  • (F) 803.727.1466

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 started and ran a law firm for twelve years before merging that firm into Nexsen Pruet. Drawing on his diverse background, he offers discipline, technical understanding, insight to the client’s perspective and business goals. 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. All of Mike’s experiences meld to enable him to bring a substantial depth of skill to his clients and Nexsen Pruet as its senior intellectual property attorney.

Mike is comfortable with a wide range of technology. His is service-oriented and uses his corporate-counsel perspective when advising clients with respect to options and value. Mike has prosecuted more than 700 patent and 900 trademarks in the US and abroad. He also offers experience in licensing, negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution and patent valuation.


  • Duquesne University, J.D., 1979
  • Pennsylvania State University, M.S., 1974
  • Additional courses in various technologies including computer engineering and nanotechnology, and in alternative dispute resolution techniques
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1969
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • 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

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 over 900 trademarks and 700 US Patents, and supervised other attorneys in many more. Mike was one of three arbitrators in deciding a $37 million dispute involving damaged nuclear fuel.


Mike is a frequent guest speaker to business executives, law students, MBA students, and high school students. His primary topic is intellectual property generally but he also speaks about international intellectual property law, and the America Invents Act. He has moderated panel discussions at the IP Innovation and Business Summit on topics such as globalization of IP law and best practices in managing IP.

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.  The family pets follow him around the house. 

“A successful business is inseparable from its intellectual property: its knowhow first and foremost, backed up by innovation, message to customers and employees, and reputation.”