Oklahoma Leadership in Law Profile: Mike J. LaBrie

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A mechanical engineering graduate, Mike LaBrie had no intention of practicing law. But after working as an engineer for a short period, he decided to enter law school on a lark.

"The more I learned about intellectual property law, the more I recognized it was a great fit," said LaBrie, who is a shareholder and past leader of McAfee & Taft's Intellectual Property Practice Group.

LaBrie has concentrated his practice in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark and copyright law and related litigation throughout his entire legal career.

LaBrie is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has represented and counseled clients in patent matters involving preparing and prosecuting applications; portfolio management, acquisition and divestiture; licensing transactions; freedom to operate studies; infringement analysis; validity studies; opinions; interference proceedings; and litigation and other dispute resolution, all on an international basis. He has filed patent applications in virtually every country in the world.

His trademark practice is international as well and includes searching, clearing and acquiring trademark registrations; portfolio management; opinions; litigation; Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings; and other dispute resolution. He is also experienced in negotiating and drafting various intellectual property agreements, including software, technology and joint development agreements.

LaBrie serves as chief intellectual property counsel for numerous public and private companies. He has also worked with startup companies by counseling them in intellectual property matters, assisting them with obtaining funding and providing contacts. …

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