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Michael B. Ray

Managing Director

Michael B. Ray is Managing Director of Sterne Kessler and practices in the firm’s Electronics Practice Group.  He has been practicing patent law since 1990.  From a foundation that includes many years of preparation and prosecution of patent applications, much of his time is now spent providing clients with strategic intellectual property counseling and risk assessment.  This includes patent portfolio development, analyzing patents for infringement and validity, providing legal opinions, pre-litigation analysis and negotiations, and handling post-grant proceedings (such as reexamination and inter partes review) before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Mike’s practice also involves negotiating and drafting license, settlement and various other IP-related agreements, and performing IP due diligence analyses in conjunction with mergers, acquisitions and technology licensing.  He has also acted as the de facto IP counsel for several leading-edge technology companies, where he developed programs to protect IP assets, assure ownership, and assure freedom to operate.  In addition, Mike has counseled numerous emerging companies and helped them adopt IP best practices. 

Mike has done significant work in a variety of electrical, computer, and mechanical technologies and in medical devices.

Mike currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law where he teaches a Master Class on Patent Office Litigation (i.e., reexamination and post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act).  He previously served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law where he taught classes on patent law and practice. He has also lectured on the topic of reducing legal costs.

Mike earned his J.D. from University of New Hampshire School of Law, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.


  • Leaders League, "Innovation Technology & IP Rankings - Tier One, Patent Prosecution" (2017)

  • The Legal 500, "Highly Recommended Lawyer - Patent Prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)" (2017)

  • IAM Patent 1000, "Recommended Lawyer - Patent Prosecution and Transactions" (2017 - 2014)

  • Managing IP, "IP Star" (2017 - 2013)

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University of New Hampshire School of Law, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property
Electrical Engineering
University of New Hampshire


District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
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