• Santa Clara University (JD)
  • University of California - Berkeley (PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • University of California - Berkeley (MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • University of California - Berkeley (BS, Chemistry)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Michael Van Loy is a Member in the Intellectual Property Section. His practice focuses on all aspects of IP portfolio strategy development including drafting and prosecution of patent and trademark applications; preparation of patentability, infringement, and validity opinions; litigation preparation and support; licensing negotiations; and other monetization approaches.
Michael drafts and prosecutes patents and advises clients on IP issues in a wide range of technical fields, including motor vehicle engines and braking systems, chemical and environmental sensing and analysis, alternative energy sources and storage, emissions controls and remediation technologies for air and water, semiconductor design and production, batteries, wired and wireless telecommunications, e-commerce, satellite-guided navigation, software and database development and management, medical devices, pharmaceutical formulation and targeted delivery mechanisms, video compression, and optical coatings.
Before joining Mintz Levin, Michael worked as a patent agent for more than five years, first at a national intellectual property law firm in the Silicon Valley and then at a Palo Alto incubator venture fund, where he advised on intellectual property portfolio development strategies and provided in-house patent preparation and prosecution services for a group of seed-stage start-up companies focused on high-tech and chemical analysis. Prior to beginning his legal career, Michael was an environmental research scientist/project manager at a research institute in Palo Alto, where he co-managed and published the results of a large-scale, multidisciplinary study of the effects of air pollution on human health in an urban airshed.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Board member, Chapter Executive Committee of MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego
  • Former Chapter Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego