LAWYERS

Michael Shimokaji

Mr. Shimokaji is a shareholder in the law firm of Shimokaji IP, located in Irvine, California. The firm is engaged in intellectual property litigation, patent monetization, and the procurement of patent rights domestically and abroad.

Mr. Shimokaji specializes in the medtech industry and, over the last 30 years, has also supported clients in industries as diverse as aerospace, apparel, chemicals, computer software, and telecommunications. His expertise includes infringement litigation, and patent and trademark portfolio development. He has lectured for local and national organizations in the US, as well as abroad, on various intellectual property topics.

He was a co-chair for the patent litigation committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and co-chair for the patent committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He served for three years on the Executive Committee for the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section, and another three year term on the California State Bar Federal Courts Committee.

Mr. Shimokaji has been a member of the editorial board for The Journal of the Association of University Technology Managers. He has been a member of the Steering Committee for the California Minority Counsel Program. He was a founding director of the Orange County Japanese-American Lawyers Association and has served as an instructor in the paralegal program at the University of California, Irvine.

He is the author of articles that include "Inducement and Contributory Infringement Theories to Regulate Pre-Patent Issuance Activity" 37 IDEA 571 (1997); "Type of Use Determines Whether Use of Web Content Will Be Infringing" L.A. Daily Journal, August 22, 2002; and "Cease and Desist Letters May Contain Some Hidden Perils" L.A. Daily Journal, February 27, 2003; "Contingency Defense in Patent Lawsuits" L.A. Daily Journal, August 1, 2006; "Putting Designs to the Test" L.A. Daily Journal, October 30, 2008; "Mind Over Matter" Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2009.

Following graduation from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, Mr. Shimokaji received his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law. In law school, Mr. Shimokaji was an executive editor for the school's law review. He has served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Robert M. Takasugi, Judge, United States District Court. Mr. Shimokaji is admitted to the California Bar and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.