Wesley T. McMichael



With a focus on patent prosecution, including litigation and licensing claim strategies, Wes also conducts large-scale patent due diligence studies and counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property. Clients often praise his even-keeled and affable demeanor. 

Wes’s work extends to licensing, conducting validity and due diligence studies, litigation support and alternative dispute resolution, patent reexaminations and trademark prosecution.

Collaborating closely with inside counsel, Wes works to ensure their patent portfolios are directed toward clear targets, whether those targets are industry standards or competitor’s products. He develops claim charts early in the application process to ensure that prosecution results in litigation- grade patents.

Wes has conducted numerous due diligence reviews of patent portfolios. Using a tiered approach, he has helped his clients evaluate large patent portfolios for acquisition, quickly. He regularly reviews client patent portfolios to determine where values, redundancies and risks exists, all with an eye toward protecting the client’s investment and meeting their business objectives.

Previous Work and Industry Experience

Before joining Volpe Koenig in 2004, Wes gained industry experience as a technical representative in the fields of composite materials and coatings. He also has extensive experience in the optical arts through his stint as a research associate in a tunable diode laser laboratory at Connecticut College.

Life Beyond Law

I am always up for a family adventure, whether it's racing sailboats on the Delaware, cruising in Maine, or chasing my kids down a mountain on skis. I love being outside, exploring new places, and teaching my kids to enjoy same.



  • 04.07.2021

    This week on IP Goes Pop! Fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder Wesley McMichael joins Michael Snyder to talk about inventors Thomas Edison’s and Nikola Tesla’s “battle of currents”.

    Michael and Wes have an electric conversation about the race to light up the country and the patents that both paved the way for providing power. They explore the difference between the direct current (DC), championed, sometimes to a shocking extreme, by Edison, and alternating current (AC) advocated for by Tesla.

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The core of Wes' work centers on strategic patent prosecution in a variety of technologies including:

  • 5G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless communications networks
  • LCD and LED displays
  • Optics
  • ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast television standard
  • Porous media gas bearings and seals
  • Electromechanical devices
  • Electrical sensors and measurement devices

Honors and Activities


  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® - Rising Star list, published by Thomson Reuters, (2013) View methodology used for selection.  
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Professional Affiliations

Licensing Executives Society, Member


Rutgers University Law School, Camden, J.D.

Connecticut College, B.S., Physics


  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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