• 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 strategy and portfolio 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 computer-implemented technologies (software, database development and management, content management systems, user interfaces, etc.), motor vehicle engines and braking systems, chemical and environmental sensing and analysis, wired and wireless telecommunications, e-commerce,  medical devices,  alternative energy sources and storage, emissions controls and remediation technologies for air and water, semiconductor design and production, batteries, satellite-guided navigation, 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.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Included on the San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Star: Intellectual Property list (2016)

Professional & Community Involvement

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