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Leading Patent Expert Joins Baker Botts


WASHINGTON D.C., January 30, 2019 – Baker Botts, L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced that Dr. Michael Sartori has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice as a partner. Dr. Sartori will be based in the firm’s Washington D.C. office.

“Michael is an outstanding lawyer with a tremendous depth of expertise in the areas of patent prosecution, patent portfolio counseling and patent litigation. With over 180 lawyers and over 220 technical degrees, Baker Botts has one of the largest and most robust IP practices.  Michael is a great addition to our group,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“Over the last 18 months, Baker Botts has added 25 new lateral partners and promoted 12 internal new partners. Our firm has real momentum across all of our practice areas, and I expect to see this growth continue through 2019. Lawyers are attracted to our firm because we value professional excellence, teamwork and collegiality, integrity and giving back to the communities in which we live and work,” added Mr. Baker.

“Baker Botts continues to grow its patent and technology related practices. Fifteen of the firm’s top 25 clients are in the technology sector, and Michael’s arrival further strengths our multifaceted patent capabilities,” said Bart Showalter, Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice at Baker Botts and a Dallas based partner.

“The depth and breadth of Baker Botts’s intellectual property practice is well known, and I am looking forward to collaborating with such a top-notch group of attorneys,” said Dr. Sartori.

Dr. Sartori joins Baker Botts from Venable LLP, where he served for over a decade as the Chair of the Patent Prosecution and Counseling Practice.

As a registered patent attorney, he develops and manages clients’ patent portfolios, whether U.S.-only or worldwide. Dr. Sartori regularly provides infringement, validity and enforceability opinions. He has provided patent guidance to various U.S., Asian and European clients in a wide variety of fields, including semiconductors, consumer electronics, electro-optics, video processing, internet telephony, software, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, mobile apps, defense systems, industrial manufacturing, medical devices, consumer products and industrial designs.

Dr. Sartori earned three degrees from the University of Notre Dame – a B.S.E.E. in 1987, an M.S.E.E. in 1989 and a Ph.D., Electrical Engineering in 1991. He was a researcher with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center from 1991 to 1994. Dr. Sartori subsequently served as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 1994 to 1996.

Dr. Sartori earned his J.D. cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1998.

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