Mike Gencarella provides counsel on all aspects of intellectual property (IP) protection with an emphasis on patent prosecution. With 10+ years of industry experience and 20+ years of legal experience, Mike tailors his advice based on the business needs and budget requirements of the client he is representing and has provided counseling for pre-IPO startups, as well as multinational corporations.

Taking the approach that understanding the client’s business is imperative to provide quality service, Mike learns each client’s business first in order to apply legal strategies optimally. He also utilizes the insight gained from working as an engineer in the operations unit of a Fortune 100 company and a startup to serve his clients most effectively. Mike will learn your business first in order to apply legal strategies optimally.

Mike is fully versed on all aspects of international IP protection. He is highly experienced in building IP portfolios from “scratch” and in maintaining mature, valuable IP portfolios. Mike has mentored numerous law students and has been a guest lecturer at Silicon Valley law schools. Mike previously started and managed the California offices for a full service AmLaw 200 firm.  Mike also previously served on that firm’s Management Committee, allowing for insight into the budgeting and regulatory aspect from a law firm perspective, which has enhanced his ability to provide solutions that are synchronized with corporate client needs and law firm regulations.

  • Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year Award

2019 from Santa Clara University School of Law

The Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year, an award given to a distinguished member of the law school community who is devoted to the highest ideals of the profession and has made significant contributions to the University, the community, and the law.