Michael T. Sikora concentrates his practice on patent litigation and other complex intellectual property disputes, including proceedings before US District Courts, the US International Trade Commission, and US Patent and Trademark Office. Mike leverages his technical background help clients with issues in various fields of technology, such as biology, chemistry, electronics and consumer goods.
In law school, Mike pursued his interest in patent litigation by working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Chief Judge John R. Tunheim of the District of Minnesota, competing on the Intercollegiate Mock Trial Team, and serving as a research assistant for Professor Tom Cotter, a leading scholar in patent remedies. He was recognized for his achievement in intellectual property scholarship, earning both the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) Award, 2017-18 and the ABA-Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law, 2018. Mike also worked as an Articles Editor for the Minnesota Law Review and earned a concentration in Civil Litigation.
Prior to law school, Mike worked in the Kazlauskas Research Group at the University of Minnesota, an evolution-based protein-engineering lab. He also has experience working in an industrial lab setting, where he engineered immortalized cell lines to increase yields of active-form peptides.
University of Minnesota Law School, 2018, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
University of Minnesota, 2015, B.S. (Biochemistry) and B.A. (Political Science), magna cum laude
US Patent and Trademark Office
Judicial Extern to Chief Judge John R. Tunheim of the US District Court for the District of Minnesota (Fall 2017)
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA) Award (2017-18)
American Bar Association-Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law (2018)