Michael A. Cicero

Partner

Atlanta, Georgia

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, South Carolina 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 numerous patents and office action responses and petitions. Examples of patents he has authored include those covering an elevator monitor, a machine for opening signature sheets, and a wearable interactive notification device and notification system.

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 enabled him to author the trademark and copyright infringement portions of a chapter on IP Litigation appearing in the 2015, 2018, 2020, and 2022 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.

Affiliations

  • Trade Secrets Committee of the Georgia Bar Intellectual Property Law Section, Chair (2020-present); Vice Chair (2017-2020)
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Volunteer Attorney (2018-present) – Includes representation of tenants in dispossessory actions filed in the Fulton County Magistrate Court
  • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Education Committee (2020-present); Governmental Affairs Council (2018-2019); Leadership Cherokee Class of 2021
  • Colony Square Toastmasters Club, Member (2006-2021); President (2007-2008); VP of Education (2013-2014 and 2006-2007); VP of Public Relations (2010-2011); VP of Membership (2011-2012)
  • Citadel Club of Northwest Georgia, Member, 2013-present
  • Georgia Italian American Bar Association, Member
  • Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, Member

Recognitions

  • Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2005

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property – Patent

Education

  • Kennesaw State University, BS, Electrical Engineering, cum laude, 2015
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 1990
  • The Citadel, BS, Civil Engineering, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Patent Office

INSIGHT

The Journey Begins: Legislation Introduced to Clarify U.S. Patent Eligibility Law

2022

INTRODUCTION “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu On August 3, taking the first step of what will likely…

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“Now for [Eight] Years, We’ve Been On Our Own” – SCOTUS Refuses to Hear American Axle’s Patent Case

2022

“Now for ten years, we’ve been on our own” — “American Pie,” Don McLean (1971) Actually, it hasn’t been quite 10 years since SCOTUS…

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Hope for Supreme Court Review of American Axle Decision Shines Brighter with Long-Awaited Brief from U.S. Solicitor General

2022

Hope for Supreme Court review of a highly controversial patent case shines a little brighter today, thanks to a long-awaited brief from…

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Provisional Patent Applications: Convenient to File, but Handle with Care to Avoid Disastrous Consequences

2021

Introduction In the words of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”): “A provisional patent application allows you to file without…

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Federal Circuit Clarifies Meaning of “Willful” Patent Infringement Under Halo Decision

2021

In an article published in June 2021 commemorating the 5-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Halo Elecs., Inc. v. Pulse…

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Beware the Trademark Scammers

2021

This single trademark (TM) scammer victimized 2,900 people. His sentencing serves as a reminder to all those filing federal TM…

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Patent Opinions Matter Once Again

2021

As a strategy to help avoid a finding of willful patent infringement and the resulting threat of enhanced damages, pre-lawsuit opinion…

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Arthrex Case Ends with a Whimper

2021

The Supreme Head-FakeIn U.S. v. Arthrex, Inc., the Supreme Court of the United States on June 21 decided a patent case thought to be one…

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Think About Design Patents to Bolster IP Portfolio

2021

IntroductionThe referenced article cogently explains why design patents, while often overlooked, can significantly augment one’s patent…

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SCOTUS Should Clear Up Section 101 Patent Test Confusion

2020

In an article published on August 27, 2020 in Bloomberg Law, Michael Cicero provides insight on the recent orders issued by the Federal…

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Copyright Law Update

2020

At the 2020 IP SpringPosium®, my contribution to the program was “Copyright Law Update: The Stairway to Clarification, the States’…

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Patent Ineligibility Defense Expands to Mechanical Subject Matter—Controversy Follows

2019

Bloomberg Law published Michael Cicero’s article, “INSIGHT: Patent Ineligibility Defense Expands to Mechanical Subject Matter—Controversy…

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Number of Exported Components Must be More Than One to Trigger Liability Under § 271(f)(1) of Patent Act

2017

As explained in my ABA Preview article about the case before the Court, Congress amended the Patent Act in 1984 to “close a loophole”…

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