Michael J. Wasco Director
Michael Wasco is a Director of PF+C and leads the Patents + Intellectual Property practice and is a member of the Business+ Transactions team, working closely with attorneys across the firm to assist clients on a wide range of patent, trademark, and copyright matters. Michael counsels clients on intellectual property matters, including securing patent, trademark, and intellectual property rights; intellectual property strategy; and litigation and adverse proceedings. His clients include individuals, start-ups, emerging companies, and university technology transfer offices. He serves several multi-national corporations, operating in one capacity as lead outside patent counsel managing a patent portfolio of oil & gas technologies for a Fortune 100 company.
Michael incorporates knowledge of intellectual property law with of an understanding of the client’s business and technology to offer practical and comprehensive legal solutions. He works closely with clients to develop and procure copyright and trademark protection and to evaluate and broaden existing copyright and trademark portfolios. He also prepares and negotiates agreements to help clients leverage their valuable intellectual property assets. He also provides legal opinions on patentability, freedom-to-operate, infringement, and validity, while representing clients before the United States Patent & Trademark Office to challenge and defend patents in proceedings under the America Invents Act.
Prior to joining PF+C, Michael spent many years in practice at an NLJ “Top 250 firm,” a full-service IP boutique, and a consultant for a Fortune 100 company.
Professional + Community
American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Vermont Bar Association
Franklin County Humane Society, Board of Directors
Notable Issued Patents
Michael has significant experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in mechanical, electro-mechanical, electrical, and software arts. A selection of Michael’s issued patents includes:
9,080,942 Flexible multi-moduled nanoparticle-structured sensor array on polymer substrate
9,030,303 Contactless sensing and control system
9,025,817 System and method for leak detection
8,863,033 Method and system for inspecting an asset
8,833,169 System and method for inspection of a part with dual multi-axis robotic devices
8,826,520 Apparatus for extracting a rotor from a generator
8,822,932 Apparatus and system for inspecting structures
8,768,265 Method for reducing power consumption in node devices
8,752,309 Storage device for shoelace
8,723,365 Contextual conversion platform
8,515,149 Inspection system and method for determining three dimensional model of an object
Super Lawyers, 2016, 2022