Michael Sandonato is co-chair of Venable's IP Litigation - Technology Group. A seasoned trial lawyer, Michael has served as lead counsel in patent litigations in district courts across the country, before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and in arbitrations. He is equally adept at representing both patent owners and accused infringers. Some of the technologies Michael's litigation work has involved include digital cameras, laser toner cartridges, smartphones, dental imaging systems, graphical user interfaces, financial products, and electronic test equipment.
Michael has lectured on patent law at conferences around the world, and has spoken on panels with such notable individuals as the chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the chief administrative law judge of the ITC, and judges from the Intellectual Property High Court in Japan and the IPR Tribunal of the Supreme People's Court of China.
Before joining Venable in 2018, Michael was a partner at the IP boutique firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where he chaired the firm’s Electronics and Computer Technologies Practice Group and served as a member of the Management Committee.
Michael has an established reputation as "a great trial lawyer" (Chambers, 2021) who litigates "high-value disputes relating to technology" (Chambers, 2020). Clients also call him an "impressively bright and results-oriented advocate” with “a track record of success” (Client Choice Award, 2018). As one said, “In my 15 years of working with Mike, I and our executive team have been impressed by the professionalism, legal acumen, attitude, and client-focused approach to his work” (Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, 2015).