Michael Varco (Mike)
Principal / Washington, D.C. Metro Office
Mike’s practice is focused on preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications in the chemical and electrical arts. A sampling of his experience includes specialized technologies involving semiconductors, nuclear technology and electronic vapor devices, among others. Mike’s clients include large domestic and international companies, where he works with in-house counsel, engineers, inventors and foreign attorneys around the globe.
Prior to joining Harness Dickey, Mike was as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he analyzed patent applications related to solar cells and thermoelectric devices. Having previously worked as a Patent Examiner, Mike understands, from personal experience, the procedures examiners follow and how to advocate effectively on behalf of his clients. Mike’s personal experience with how other attorneys have approached examiners in the past allows him to incorporate what has worked and avoid what does not work when prosecuting patents.
- "Analyzing Ex Parte Decisions at the PTAB Shows Wide Variability in Reversal Rates by Rejection," AIPLA Patent Law Committee Newsletter, Fall 2016
- "A Discussion in Support of Why the U.S. PTO Should Modify the Requirements for Terminal Disclaimers Based on Joint-Research Agreements," AIPLA Chemical Practice Chronicles, Spring, 2016
- "How Terminal Disclaimers Present Patent-Licensing Issues," Law360, April 11, 2016
- "Ways To Convert A Pre-AIA Patent Into An AIA Patent," Law360, January 30, 2015
Prior to the law, Mike was a Process Engineer for Hyundai Semiconductor and for Intel Corporation, where he was involved with DRAM manufacturing and process development for Flash memory technology. Mike also has previous engineering experience in the mining and oil and gas industries.
- American Intellectual Property Law Association, Vice-Chair of the Patent Law Sub-committee on Double Patenting, Terminal Disclaimer and Restriction Practice
J.D., University of Colorado, 2008
B.S., Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1999
Bar & Court Admissions
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office