Leader of Northern California Intellectual Property

Michael A. Molano

Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation

He draws particular praise for his "very thorough and thoughtful work," as well as for his ability to explain complicated technology matters in layman's terms. As one client put it, he "knows the technology, knows the law and is very cost-effective." Chambers USA.

“He consistently supplies sound IP advice laced with good commercial sense. Fast on his feet and someone who thinks outside the box, he interweaves legal and business considerations well and has a strong understanding of technology.” IAM Patent 1000.


Michael Molano is the intellectual property practice leader and hiring partner for the Northern California offices. His practice largely focuses on patent litigation in district courts and before the ITC, but he has experience in all areas of litigation, including commercial disputes involving technology. Mike has served as first-chair trial counsel in both jury and bench trials, as well as in arbitration proceedings (JAMS, AAA, UNCITRAL and ICC).



  • Represented Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. as lead trial counsel against a claim for patent indemnity brought by Emulex Corporation. Emulex sought over $26 million in damages but was only awarded a fraction of that amount ($4.7 million) by verdict after a three-week jury trial. (Cal. Sup. Court July 2015).
  • Represented an electronics company in a multi-district litigation against an assertion by Plaintiff of MRI patent: favorable settlement.
  • Represented a solar company in Northern District of California against an assertion by Plaintiff of solar interconnection patent: favorable settlement.
  • Represented an electronics company in Delaware District Court against an assertion by Plaintiff of a light emitting diode patent: currently pending.


  • Northwestern University, BS, Electrical Engineering
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, JD
    Moot Court Board


  • California
  • US Patent and Trademark Office


  • Spanisch


  • Creator, Chairman and Faculty for Practising Law Institute’s three-day patent law course titled “Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution” in San Francisco (2001-2020)
  • Board Member, Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation (giving scholarships for swim lessons to children in need) (2018-2023)
  • Bellarmine Dads’ Club Board Member (2011-2015) 
  • AYSO Region 109 Soccer League (Menlo Park/Atherton), Registrar (2016-2018); Regional Commissioner (2009-2015); Regional Coach Administrator (2005-2009)
  • Global Education Committee Member, St. Louis University High School Strategic Plan Committee (Imagining 18)(2014-15)