Buchenhorner Patent Law was founded by Michael J. Buchenhorner, a highly experienced Intellectual Property attorney specializing in counseling, infringement studies, preparation, and prosecution of patents in high technology areas, including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, electronics, and bioinformatics. Michael Buchenhorner also counsels clients on trademarks and copyrights. Additionally, he has prosecuted hundreds of patents, dealing in subject matters such as telecommunications, computer technology, medical devices, and many other high tech areas. Click here for a list of some of these patents and their respective technology areas. For an up-to-date list of all patents obtained by Michael Buchenhorner, visit the USPTO search page. In addition to obtaining numerous patents for his clients, Michael Buchenhorner is also an inventor of "A method and apparatus for establishing a communication link," United States Patent Number 5,345,596.
Under his guidance, as Director of Intellectual Property at AltaVista, the world-famous Internet search engine, gained the distinction of holding the most patents in search engine technology of any search engine company. As an intellectual property licensing attorney for Lucent Technologies, Michael Buchenhorner was part of the team enforcing Bell Labs’ patent portfolio throughout the world. Before that, Michael was a patent attorney for International Business Machines where he supported various computer software and hardware development groups in IBM’s Boca Raton, Florida facility. He was part of the team enforcing IBM’s personal computer patents throughout Latin America. Much of his experience in licensing IP in developing countries with his colleague, Casey August, is reflected in their much-cited article “Strategies for Developing Intellectual Property Portfolios In the Global Environment: Protection of Intellectual Property in Hostile Environments,” Canada-United States Law Journal, April 1995.
When the IP Law & Business publication identified ten IBM patents that changed the world, among the patents listed was a patent prosecuted by Michael Buchenhorner (US Patent 5,491,804). He continues to obtain valuable high technology patents for his clients. While a patent attorney for Motorola, he was on the committee that established the Six-SigmaÒ quality standard for Motorola patent applications and was consistently among the most prolific attorneys in the company in filing patent applications. When the United States General Accounting Office performed a study titled “Federal Action Needed to Help Small Businesses Address Foreign Patent Challenges,” Michael was among the 39 patent attorneys invited to be in the GAO’s expert panel. While a United States International Trade Commission lawyer, he litigated several appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. See Texas Instruments v. U.S. International Trade Commission, 851 F.2d 342 (Fed. Cir. 1988); and, Texas Instruments v. U.S. International Trade Commission, 871 F.2d 1054 (Fed. Cir. 1989). These landmark decisions in the field of semiconductor memories made new law in the field of patent law.
Michael Buchenhorner enjoys his role as Vice President of the University of Miami College of Engineering Alumni Association. He also serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the Florida International University School of Computing and Information Sciences. Recently, Michael acted as Vice Rapporteur in the 8th Americas Business Forum Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights Chapter of the draft treaty for the Free Trade Area of the Americas. He has written extensively and is a national speaker on strategies for developing and enforcing IP portfolios in the global arena.
A native of Cuba, Michael Buchenhorner is fluent in Spanish and has conducted intellectual property negotiations in Portuguese. Michael holds the highest rating (AV) assigned by Martindale-Hubbell; a peer review rating conferred by fellow attorneys.
Michael Buchenhorner earned degrees in Electrical Engineering (1976) and Law (1981) from the University of Miami. He is admitted to practice before The Florida Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.