Mr Michael Sandonato > Venable LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Venable LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10020
United States
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Work Department

Intellectual Property: Litigation • Patent Prosecution • Licensing & Transactions • Electronics, Computers & Software • PTO Contested Proceedings • Due Diligence • Aerospace, Automotive & Marine • Financial Services • Industrial Equipment & Manufacturing • Medical Devices • SemiConductor Technologies • Telecommunications & Networks.




Michael P. Sandonato chairs the firm’s Electronic and Computer Technologies practice group. He is active in all aspects of the firm’s patent practice, focusing particularly on matters related to electronics, computer software and hardware and e-commerce. Mr. Sandonato’s practice includes litigation, IP due diligence investigations, licensing and technology transfers, client counseling and patent prosecution. His litigation work has involved technologies ranging from flat-panel televisions, to software for managing digital music, to dental imaging systems, to financial product marketing techniques, to name just a few. Mr. Sandonato has conducted IP due diligence investigations for numerous investors and financial institutions, including Ripplewood Holdings, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, and has rendered scores of opinions on issues of patent infringement, validity and enforceability. Mr. Sandonato presently serves on the firm’s Management Committee and was formerly the Chair of the Recruiting Committee.


American Bar Association; Federal Circuit Bar Association; New York Intellectual Property Law Association.


J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1992, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; M.S.E.E., University of Southern California, 1989; B.S.E.E., cum laude, Polytechnic University, 1987, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Venable LLP acquired New York IP boutique Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto and now has particular strength in the electronics and life science sectors, with an especially busy practice for branded pharmaceutical companies. Michael Sandonato, who chairs the ITC litigation practice with Edmund Haughey, obtained a precedential PTAB decision for long-standing client Canon regarding five ultimately denied follow-on IPRs that General Plastic Industrial had filed. Nicholas Kallas successfully defended two Novartis patents covering the use of the drug Afinitor against invalidity claims brought forward by West-Ward Pharmaceuticals in the district court of Delaware. Washington DC’s Justin Oliver directs the PTAB practice, while Justin Pierce, also in Washington DC, chairs the intellectual property department with New York’s Dominick CondeScott Reed and Washington DC-based Megan Woodworth jointly head the intellectual property litigation practice. Christopher Borello in New York is also noted. Charlotte Jacobsen joined Ropes & Gray LLP before the merger, and Tamany Vinson Bentz joined DLA Piper LLP (US). Additional clients include biopharmaceutical player Alkermes, Sanofi and Allergan.