Michael Coblenz


  • LLM (Intellectual Property Law) University of Houston, May 1998
  • JD Gonzaga University, May 1994
  • MA (History) Eastern Washington University, March 1991
  • BS (Mechanical Engineering) University of Illinois, January 1983

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2005
  • State Bar of Kentucky, May 2003
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, January 1997
  • State Bar of Texas, November 1998 (Inactive)
  • State Bar of Washington 1994 (Inactive)

Professional Associations:

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • National Association of Patent Practitioners
  • American Bar Association

Previous Professional Employment

Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP, Houston, Texas.
Nov. 2000 - May 2002
Intellectual property and litigation associate attorney.

Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams, Houston, Texas.
May 1999 - Nov. 2000
Intellectual property and litigation associate attorney.

Contract Attorney, Seattle, WA. & Houston, TX
May 1994 - May 1997
Various contract positions at firms in Seattle and Houston, involving intellectual property and general litigation matters.

United States Air Force
June 1983 - June 1990
Civil Engineer, Offutt AFB, Omaha, NE (1983 - 1985)
B-52 Navigator, Fairchild AFB, Spokane, WA (1986 - 1990)
Final Rank: Captain.

Legal Publications:

  • "The Fight Goes on Forever: "Limited Government" and the First Bank of the United States," 39 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 391 (2015)
  • "The America Invents Act," Kentucky Bar Association, Bench and Bar, Hot Topics, November 2011
  • "Authorship and Inventorship," 17 Annals of Neuroscience 4 (2010)
  • "Not for Entertainment Only: Fair Use and Fiction as Social Commentary," 16 UCLA Entertainment Law Review 265 (2009).
  • "An Unenumerated Right: Two Views on the Right of Privacy," 40 Texas Tech Law Review 249 (2008) (with Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr.).
  • "How the Seizure of Counterfeit Goods Can Go Bad," 3 Minnesota Intellectual Property Review 59 (2002).
  • "Intellectual Property Crimes," 9 Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology 235 (1999).
  • "Criminal Punishment of Trade Secret Theft," A.B.A. Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, Spring 1997.
  • "The Economic Espionage Act of 1996: Punishing Trade Secret Theft," Washington State Bar News, September 1997.

Book Reviews

  • "Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age," The Federal Lawyer, October 2009.
  • "Einstein: His Life and Universe," 89 Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society 826 (October 2007).
  • "The Failure of the Founding Fathers: Jefferson, Marshall, and the Rise of Presidential Democracy," The Federal Lawyer, August 2006.
  • "Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture," The Federal Lawyer, May 2006.
  • "Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment," Intervention Magazine, May 27, 2005.
  • "Electronic Evidence and Discovery," The Federal Lawyer, May 2005.
  • "Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law," The Federal Lawyer, November/December 2004.
  • "Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation," The Federal Lawyer, July 2004.
  • "Adversarial Legalism: The American Way of Law," The Federal Lawyer, March/April 2004.
  • "Mugged by the State: Outrageous Government Assaults on Ordinary People and Their Property," The Federal Lawyer, March/April 2004
  • Retraction: "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture," The Federal Lawyer, October 2002.
  • "What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States," The Federal Lawyer, August 2002.
  • "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture," The Federal Lawyer, January/February 2001.