Michael J. Bevilacqua

Retired Partner

Michael Bevilacqua's practice focused primarily on technology-related agreements, such as license agreements (principally software license agreements and patent license agreements), development agreements, distribution agreements and joint venture agreements.

Mr. Bevilacqua had a considerable trademark practice, which included the management of several thousand US and foreign trademark and service mark registrations. He has extensive trademark licensing experience, and has handled numerous trademark oppositions and cancelations. Mr. Bevilacqua retired from the firm in 2020.


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    Boston Copyright Law Lawyer of the Year

    Best Lawyers in America®


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    Leading Technology and IP Licensing Practitioner

    Chambers USA


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    Recommended for M&A/Corporate, Outsourcing and Patents

    The Legal 500 United States


  • Selected as a 2013–2020 IP Star by Managing IP, a guidebook that identifies leading IP lawyers in the United States.
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012–2021 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of copyright law, intellectual property litigation, patent law and trademark law. In the 2020, 2018 and 2014 editions, he was named Boston Copyright Law Lawyer of the Year, and in 2019, he was named Boston Trademark Lawyer of the Year.
  • Recognized as a well-respected and "very practical and solutions-oriented" leading technology and intellectual property: licensing practitioner in the 2007–2021 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • Recommended in the 2016–2019 editions of The Legal 500 United States for his work in M&A/Corporate and Commercial; Media, Technology and Telecoms: Outsourcing and Transactions; and Intellectual Property: Patents: Licensing.
  • Named a 2013–2016 leading practitioner in patent law by IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners.
  • Recognized as a "top tier practitioner" in 2012 and 2018 by World Trademark Review 1000 in the category of prosecution and strategy.
  • Selected as one of only 25 recipients of the Corporation Service Company's Trademark Insider Award for achievements in the trademark industry in 2007.
  • Listed in the 2007 and 2011 editions of Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.
  • Named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in intellectual property law in the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2013–2021 issues of Boston Magazine.

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  • Education

    • JD, Boston College Law School, 1982

    • MS, Computer Science, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1979

    • BS, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Scranton, 1978

  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts

    • New York

    • US Patent and Trademark Office