Michael Van Handel

Senior Associate

Van Handel, Michael

Michael Van Handel’s practice focuses on various aspects of patent law. Mr. Van Handel has represented clients in matters involving patent prosecution, litigation, post-grant proceedings and due diligence. He has experience in a variety of technologies, including computer networks, telecommunications, radio-frequency systems, content distribution and management, network security, software applications, and business methods.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Van Handel was a student associate at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner, LLP in Washington DC, where he handled patent prosecution, litigation and post-grant proceeding matters. Mr. Van Handel also has experience as a primary patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he served for nearly six years. Before his time at the USPTO, he was a radio frequency engineer at EchoStar Technologies.

At graduation from The George Washington University Law School, Mr. Van Handel was awarded the Chris Bartok Memorial Award in Patent Law. The award is given to the  member of the graduating class who exhibited excellence in the study of patent law.

Publications & News


February 13, 2018

WilmerHale Victorious on Behalf of Unified Patents Against Sportbrain at Patent Trial and Appeal Board

WilmerHale achieved a significant victory on behalf of Unified Patents, Inc., when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued its final written decision in Unified Patents Inc. v. Harry Heslop and Sportbrain Holdings, LLC, invalidating all claims of US Patent No. 7,454,002.

May 9, 2017

WilmerHale Helps Unified Patents Earn Win at PTAB Against Nonend Inventions

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a final written decision in Unified Patents Inc. v. Nonend Inventions, NV, invalidating all claims of US Patent 8,090,862, owned and asserted by Nonend Inventions, NV.

March 13, 2015

Teva Pharmaceuticals v. Sandoz: New Rules for Claim Construction Review

An article by Keith Slenkovich, Katherine Lin and Michael Van Handel, published in the Boston Patent Law Association’s Spring 2015 Newsletter, Vol. 26, Issue 1.


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JD, The George Washington University Law School, 2013

BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia

United States Patent and Trademark Office

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