The team at Michael P. Mazza, LLC is efficient, focusing on a result-oriented approach that maximizes opportunity while minimizing risk, but willing to partner with a few known law firms to provide added muscle when needed. Our experience enables us to quickly focus on the important issues and, together with appropriate expert and client involvement, has established us with a proven track record, as our demonstrates.

OUR VISION

While the regulatory and legal procurement and enforcement system for intellectual property rights in our country has some flaws, it is still the best system of its kind in the world – it is still capable of protecting “David” (the small inventor) against “Goliath” (the mega-corporation). IP owners need the resources, efficiency and commitment we provide that is necessary to prevail in what can be the expensive and time-consuming undertaking which culminates in an intellectual property trial. It is our great privilege to represent a mix of clients including individual inventors, and small and large companies. Individual inventors often develop the best and most ingenious inventions, because they do not “know better” and are willing to swim upstream and try out ideas that those working in huge research centers of the large corporations either cannot or will not try.

We believe that it is important that our lawmakers continue to fight against high-paid lobbyists seeking to water down our IP enforcement system, and we unabashedly support lawmakers in these efforts. So should you, our clients.

Michael Patrick Mazza, the principal of Michael P. Mazza, LLC, concentrates his practice in intellectual property litigation, patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing, and client counseling. Mr. Mazza received his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago in 1989 and his Master of Laws in Intellectual Property from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1995. Prior to that he graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1986. Click here to see attached CV

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Mazza spent 12 years with the nationally recognized IP lawfirm, Niro, Haller & Niro. Mr. Mazza opened his law firm in 2003, and continues to handle a wide variety of complex intellectual property litigation and prosecution, including the prosecution and defense of claims involving patent infringement, trademark, trade dress and copyright. Mr. Mazza has significant experience in IP litigation, as indicated by his Exemplary List Of Cases which he has been involved in. Mr. Mazza’s clients have realized tens of millions in recoveries resulting from his litigation and licensing activities. Two of Mr. Mazza’s professional highlights include obtaining a $26 million patent infringement award in federal court in Milwaukee on behalf of his client, Schreiber Foods of Green Bay, in a case that involved high-speed cheese processing machines, and obtaining a preliminary injunction in federal court in Oxford, Mississippi on behalf of his client, Vulcan Towing, in a case involving damage-free towing devices.

In addition to litigating IP matters in U.S. district courts across the country, Mr. Mazza also has significant experience before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Mazza also counsels clients regarding licensing transactions involving their intellectual property rights, and regarding the development, protection and licensing of proprietary technologies. He also has significant experience in domestic patent and trademark prosecution and U.S. copyright prosecution.

Dana Drexler Alvarado, an associate at Michael P. Mazza, LLC, concentrates her practice in intellectual property litigation and counseling. Ms. Alvarado has handled a wide variety of complex intellectual property litigation, including the prosecution and defense of claims involving patent infringement, trademark, trade dress and copyright. Ms. Alvarado has significant second- chair litigation experience in matters pending in U.S. district courts across the country, as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the Federal Circuit. She has successfully argued an appeal before the Federal Circuit from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

In addition to her litigation and appellate experience, Ms. Alvarado also represents clients in a variety of licensing transactions involving clients' intellectual property rights, and counsels clients regarding the development, protection and licensing of proprietary technologies. Ms. Alvarado also has experience in domestic trademark prosecution and U.S. copyright prosecution.

Ms. Alvarado graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of the arts in the History of Art, and received a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law. She was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 2007, and since then has been admitted to practice in federal courts throughout the country.

Thomas G. Scavone received his Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees in Engineering, with high honors, from the University of Detroit in 1969. After working as an Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Tom attended the Georgetown University Law Center and then Wayne State University Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate, with high honors, in 1973.

Tom is of counsel to the firm in June of 2013. He was a founding member in 1976 of the nationally recognized IP lawfirm Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro (NSHN). In 1996, he won a $48 million jury verdict in the trial of a patent infringement/trade secret case in Detroit; he followed that up in 1998 by winning a $26 million jury verdict in a patent infringement suit in Milwaukee. Tom recorded another major victory in May of 2000, winning an $11 million jury verdict in a patent infringement trial in Los Angeles. Tom also has extensive experience in U.S. and international patent and trademark procurement, licensing and general intellectual property law counseling. Since leaving NSHN in 2007, Tom has practiced independently, continuing to engage in patent and trademark matters, including managing an Internet patent licensing program with revenues in the millions, filing numerous United States and foreign applications for patent, conducting validity and infringement investigations, engaging in patent litigation mediation, and acting as an expert witness in a variety of patent related suits.

 

Paul Robert Hale, an associate at Michael P. Mazza, LLC, practices general intellectual property and civil litigation. Mr. Hale received his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2015 and his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Marquette University in 2010. Mr. Hale was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 2015.

During law school, Mr. Hale clerked for Hon. Michael J. Powers, Circuit Judge for the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Will County, IL. Mr. Hale also worked for Professor Joanna Wells, guardian ad litem for Jackson County, IL, where he helped represent minors under the Illinois Juvenile Court Act. Additionally, Mr. Hale participated in an externship at the Southern Illinois University Paul Simon Public Policy Institute where he presented his term limits research at the Chicago Term Limits Symposium and also had this research published in The Simon Review. Finally, Mr. Hale worked as an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 licensed prosecutor for the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Union County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a 711 prosecutor, Mr. Hale obtained guilty verdicts in several misdemeanor trials and also practiced in felony court.

At Southern Illinois University School of Law, Mr. Hale served as the Student Bar Association President and as an Articles Editor for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. As a member of law journal, Mr. Hale’s comment was published in the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. Additionally, Mr. Hale was awarded the Southern Illinois University School of Law Pro Bono Public Interest Award for the most public service hours performed by a third year law student. Mr. Hale graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

 

 

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