Michele Frank is chair of Venable's Patent Prosecution and Counseling - Life Sciences and Medical Devices Group. Michele is a patent attorney who advises businesses and investors on patentability and enforceability issues, performs due diligence, and assists with asset transfers. She also negotiates licensing and transaction issues, manages patent portfolios, and produces written counsel opinions. Michele has significant experience representing technology and software companies, from early-stage to multinational corporations, in all aspects of patent prosecution and counseling.
Michele supports her clients with an integrated, cross-disciplinary legal approach, drawing on regulatory advisors, litigators, data privacy experts, employment lawyers, and tax advisors, to align with the clients' business strategies and goals. Michele is passionate about providing exceptional client service, which rewards both her and her clients with strong, long-lasting relationships. Michele leverages her unique combination of government, transactional, and litigation IP experience to support her clients through all stages of the product life cycle. Her counseling experience encompasses bet-the-company patent portfolio strategies, lean early-stage mission-critical patent prosecution, and complex global patent portfolio prosecution and management. She frequently works with clients through fund-raising IP diligence, product clearance, licensing, and enforcement. She represents numerous companies in the healthcare industry, including those with medical device, orthopedic implant, smart contact lens, respiratory technology, ultrasonic periodontal system, medical diagnostic, and home healthcare monitoring system patents. Michele has additional direct experience assisting organizations in the software engineering, consumer products, sporting goods, spectroscopy, optical disc, water desalination, telecommunications, and surveillance system sectors. She is adept at securing and defending patents covering business methods, Internet technology, data storage, global positioning systems, computer graphics, software (including clinical trial and research data software), electronic medical records, and superconductors.
Early in her career, Michele worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).