Among the firm’s many client-driven attributes, Taylor English attorneys use a state-of-the-art docketing system to meet clients’ intellectual property-related deadlines and to provide clients real-time access to their documents.
Michael Cicero practices in Taylor English’s Intellectual Property Department, where he focuses his practice on patent prosecution and preparation of opinions. His work also extends to trademark prosecution and copyright matters.
While at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Mr. Cicero worked as a patent disclosure writer for the Commercial Nuclear Fuel Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., serving as a liaison between inventors in Columbia, S.C., and Westinghouse’s Patent Committee in Pittsburgh.
After working for Westinghouse, Mr. Cicero amassed more than 22 years of private practice in intellectual property with law firms in Greenville, S.C., and, beginning in 1997, in Atlanta. Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Mr. Cicero possesses patent prosecution experience in the mechanical and electromechanical arts, and he drafted patents and dozens of office action responses and petitions. Examples of patents he has authored include those covering a three-dimensional prototyping process, a machine for opening signature sheets, and a process of producing soft elastic gelatin capsules.
Mr. Cicero also has substantial intellectual property litigation experience. His patent litigation experience includes Markman (patent claim interpretation) proceedings, trials, and motion practice. A significant portion of his experience also includes trademark and copyright infringement litigation, which provided him with the experience to author the trademark and copyright infringement portions of a chapter on IP Litigation appearing in the 2016-2018 and 2020 Editions of Georgia Business Litigation.
Mr. Cicero received his BS in civil engineering from The Citadel in 1987, attained membership in Tau Beta Pi, and is a South Carolina-certified engineer in training. Mr. Cicero also obtained a BS in electrical engineering from Kennesaw State University in 2015.
Trade Secrets Committee of the Georgia Bar Intellectual Property Law Section, Chair (present); Vice Chair (2017-2020)
Leadership Cherokee Class of 2020
Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Education Committee (2020-present); Governmental Affairs Council (2018-2019)
Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, Member
Georgia Italian American Bar Association, Member
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Volunteer Attorney, 2018-present – Includes representation of tenants in dispossessory actions filed in the Fulton County Magistrate Court.
Colony Square Toastmasters Club, Member, 2006-present (President, 2007-2008; VP of Education, 2013-2014 and 2006-2007; VP of Public Relations, 2010-2011; VP of Membership, 2011-2012)
Atlanta Citadel Club, Member, 2005-present
Brief Reviewing Judge, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, 2003-2010, 2013
Drafted and prosecuted multiple patent applications for new technologies in the packaging industry and industrial valve industry.
Provided counsel to client Mueller Water Products, Inc. on patent matters, including prosecuting and maintaining the client’s patent portfolio.
- "Beware the Death-Defying Design: IP Rights Can Survive Patent Expiration," Daily Report's In-House Counsel CLE SeminarMarch 15, 2016
- "The 'Scrivener’s Error' Regarding Registration Defense to Dilution Claims in Lanham Act Section 43(c)(6)," Intellectual Property Owners Association Annual MeetingSeptember 10, 2012
- Panelist, Strafford Legal Publications webinar: "Divided Patent Infringement: Strategies for Claim Drafting, Prosecution and Litigation to Maximize Enforcement of Patent Rights," April 1, 2010
- August 27, 2020
- INSIGHT: Patent Ineligibility Defense Expands to Mechanical Subject Matter—Controversy Follows, Bloomberg LawDecember 4, 2019
- October 30, 2019
- "Intellectual Property Litigation," Georgia Business Litigation (ALM Media Properties, LLC), Co-Author, 2016-2018 and 2020 Editions available in https://www.lawcatalog.com/georgia-business-litigation.html.
- "Number of Exported Components Must be More Than One to Trigger Liability Under § 271(f)(1) of Patent Act," LinkedIn PulseFebruary 28, 2017
- "Solo Shot: Is Supplying Only One Staple Component of a Patented Invention for Assembly Overseas Enough to Trigger Infringement Liability?" ABA PreviewNovember 21, 2016
- November 9, 2016
- August 14, 2015
- "Georgia’s New Patent Law: Bad Faith Threats of Infringement Create New Liabilities," Georgia Bar JournalDecember 11, 2014
- "Comments on Twombly, Iqbal from Northern District of Ga.," Law360.comMarch 12, 2013
- "First-to-File and Choice-of-Forum Roots Run Too Deep for Micron to Curb Most Races to the Courthouse," J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y., 90 (August 2008): 547; cited and quoted a combined six times in Cherokee Nation v. Nash, 724 F.Supp.2d 1159, N.D. Okl.2010
- "Divided Infringement of Method Patent Claims: A Tough Sell," Georgia Bar IP Law Section NewsletterJune 2009
- With Jennifer Collins, "The Impact of MedImmune Upon Both Licensing and Litigation," J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y., 89: 748September 2007
- With Lance Reich, "Time's Up! Inaction Causes Loss of Patent Rights," South Carolina Lawyer, Vol. 10, No. 4, (January/February 1999): p. 32, quoted in STX, Inc. v. Brine, Inc., 37 F. Supp. 2d 740, 760 n.4, D. Md. 1999, aff'd, 211 F.3d 588, 232 F.3d 915, Fed. Cir.2000
- Taylor English Honored with Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Safe & Stable Homes Firm of the Year AwardNovember 13, 2019
- "Georgia's New Patent Law: Bad Faith Threats of Infringement Create New Liabilities," Georgia Bar JournalDecember 11, 2014
- June 21, 2014
Kennesaw State University, BS, Electrical Engineering, cum laude, 2015
University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 1990
The Citadel, BS, Civil Engineering, 1987
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2005