Michael Antone, Of Counsel
Michael has over twenty years of experience in large law firm, corporate, and venture capital environments in the area of intellectual property and business operations counseling. He is also a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. Michael’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution, opinion and transactional work, and business litigation and operations counseling.
Michael was a partner at Grande Ventures, LLC, a private venture capital fund that invested in a various hardware and software technologies including automation and controls, parallel and virtual computing software, radar, combustion technology, mobile phone technology, and optical communications. He served as a board member for several of the portfolio companies and as CEO for the automation and controls company during a management transition.
As Chief Intellectual Property Counsel with Corvis Corporation, a venture-funded telecom equipment start-up that went public and was later acquired by Level 3 Communications (LVLT), Michael managed all aspects of intellectual property for the company including patent preparation & prosecution, patent litigation, licensing, transactions, opinions and was part of the executive team. During his time at Corvis, he was also promoted to Senior Vice President of Research & Development and Manufacturing, in addition to his role as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel.
Michael was a patent attorney with the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now K&L Gates), where his practice focused on patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, opinions, and transactions, and litigation support, working in areas such as software, metallurgy, material science, semiconductor manufacturing, optics, optical communications, medical devices, and mechanical systems.
Michael was a senior engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, where he developed mathematical models and software to perform power system thermal hydraulic and material performance analysis and predictive modeling. He and his colleagues received the Westinghouse Signature of Excellence award for this work, which resulted in the savings of millions of dollars each year in operational downtime.