Michael is a Partner in the Entertainment and Intellectual Property practices of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. Mr. Riesen also serves as Executive Director of SGR Labs.
Michael Riesen is an IP and entertainment attorney, a Solicitor (England and Wales), and a registered U.S. patent attorney. Michael focuses his practice on intellectual property and entertainment, including IP portfolio management and diligence, domestic and international patent prosecution, agreements, patent litigation, trademark prosecution, copyright management, and transfer, litigation, and open source issues. Michael uses his technical background in material science, physics, electrical engineering, and computer science to assist various clients in IP matters and works with clients to quickly assess their cases and develop effective strategies. A former high school and college physics teacher, Michael capitalizes on understanding complex and high-level scientific concepts and effectively communicating such concepts to inventors, counsel, judges, juries, and examiners. He regards the relationships he forms with clients and organizations as relationships focused on commitment, value, and responsiveness.
Michael graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the Clarion University of Pennsylvania and obtained a Masters (M.S.E.) in Engineering from the University of Toledo with a focus in Artificial and Machine Learning. Michael graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law, cum laude, where he served as President of the Intellectual Property Section and the Student Bar Association.