Michael Bednarek

Michael Bednarek

Of Counsel


Michael Bednarek is Of Counsel to XLP. Mr. Bednarek has helped clients develop, manage, leverage and monetize intellectual property assets throughout the world in a wide range of fields including computer hardware and software, financial services systems, electronic commerce, business systems, telecommunications, mechanical and electrical products and semiconductor devices. He also represents clients in high technology intellectual property litigation both in the courts and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). In surveys conducted throughout the world, Mr. Bednarek is consistently included among those listed as top IP professionals.  He has been included in listings of:

  • Chamber Global (Leaders in their Field)
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • The World’s 250 Leading IP Strategists (IAM magazine)
  • Chambers and Partners Top Legal Advisors (Asia Guide)
  • Leading IP Lawyers in the US (Legal 500)
  • World’s Leading Patent Law Experts (Euromoney & Legal Media)
  • World’s Leading Patent Trademark Law Practitioner (Euromoney)
  • Hot 100 Lawyers list for Asia (Asian Legal Business – acknowledging Mr. Bednarek’s work in Greater China)
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (Law & Politics)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers (Law & Politics)
  • “Legal Elite” (Virginia Business Magazine)

Mr. Bednarek has been on the leading edge of significant trends in the patent field for more than 30 years. As a patent examiner in the early 1980’s, Mr. Bednarek examined some of the first software patents. After leaving the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Bednarek was an early proponent of patent protection in a variety of non-traditional sectors, first in the software area, then in financial services, retail, transportation and hospitality sectors.  In 1999, Mr. Bednarek was selected as the only attorney among 200 participants in a seminal nanotechnology event — the Foresight Institute’s “Group Genius Weekend: Foresight for the Next 30 Years.”

Mr. Bednarek  is a frequent lecturer on a broad range of topics including intellectual property  strategy for the financial services industry, ITC practice, global patent strategy, patent pools and IP protection in Asia. He has been invited to speak on intellectual property topics at conferences throughout Asia, North America and Europe.  Mr. Bednarek is also the author of written works published in six continents, including articles on a wide variety of topics including studies on Global Patent Strategy, Global Trademark Strategy, and the Outlook for Patents in the Financial Service Sector.   He is a contributing author (on the subject of intellectual property) to the treatise Clinical Evaluation of Medical Devices (Humana Press) and annual editions of  Licensing Update (Aspen Publishers)  Mr. Bednarek is a contributing author of several books on business method patents published in Japan.  Mr. Bednarek has been engaged as an expert witness in the United States and abroad, has been quoted in leading national publications and has appeared on television as an expert in intellectual property law.

In recent years, Michael has been engaged by prominent international organizations to assist in the training of foreign lawyers. Michael has a network of former “students” throughout the world.

Mr. Bednarek has served in leading and support roles in dozens of patent and other intellectual property infringement cases before U.S. district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He has also participated in proceedings in other countries.  Mr. Bednarek’s litigation experience encompasses technologies including flat panel display controller circuitry, microprocessors, computer hardware, machine tools; electrodeposited copper foil technology, consumer products, electronic banking software, consumer banking equipment, financial transaction technology, interactive voice response systems, call center technology, safety circuitry for consumer products, mobile fabrication systems, telecommunications equipment, casino gaming systems, bicycle components, consumer product manufacturing equipment, computer games and toys, among others. He also represents domestic and international companies in patent preparation and prosecution for a variety of technologies, particularly in the fields of financial systems (e.g., unified trading and control of a sponsoring organization’s money management process), semiconductors, software, business methods, nanotechnology, telecommunications, electro-mechanical devices and consumer electronics.

Mr. Bednarek received his engineering (B.S.E.) degree in 1982 from  Marquette University.  He received his J.D. degree, with honors,  in 1987 from the George Washington University National Law Center and was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 1986.  Mr. Bednarek is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia. Maryland and Commonwealth of Virginia.  He has also been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Fourth and Federal Circuits, as well as the Eastern District of Texas, the  Eastern District of Virginia and other district courts throughout the United States.