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Erick J. Michel, Ph.D.


Erick Michel’s, Ph.D., practice includes obtaining patent protection for clients by assessing the patentability of inventions, drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He has drafted approximately 200 patent applications in matters encompassing Electronics, Integrated Circuits and Packaging, Digital Video, Broadband, Wireless Networks, Optical and Fiber Communication, CMOS photonics, Bluetooth, RF, GPS, three-phase power monitoring, and other areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He has also been involved in due diligence matters and litigation support for various electrical and electronics technologies.

After receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, Erick joined Lucent Technologies, Microelectronics Group, where he worked with InP-based lasers and detectors for telecommunication applications. At Lucent and its subsequent spinoff, Agere Systems, as well as the new owner of the optoelectronics division, Triquint Semiconductor, Erick held positions as a Member of Technical Staff, Technical Manager and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. His work focused on the metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) growth of arsenide-phosphide based materials for buried heterostructure laser devices.

Erick has more than 30 articles published in scientific journals and conference proceedings, as well as six conference presentations on compound semiconductor device growth and fabrication, infrared sensing, and laser sources for fiber optic communications.

At Northwestern, Erick’s dissertation work focused on compound semiconductor materials and devices for infrared sensing applications. His MS thesis work resulted in a patent covering the fabrication of photonic bandgap structures. Prior to graduate school, he worked for two years as a design and test engineer at a small ASIC design/test company and an appliance manufacturer.

In 2005, he joined Northwestern University as a Research Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. At NU, he assisted graduate students in compound semiconductor device research, with projects including Type II superlattice structures for infrared imaging applications, quantum cascade lasers, and quantum dot infrared photodetectors. At the same time, he served as Vice President of a small startup associated with his Ph.D. advisor. There he was responsible for writing proposals in response to government funding solicitations as well as conducting research in infrared imaging technology, and technical reporting of existing funded research work.

Related Experience

  • Research Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Northwestern University
  • Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies
  • Technical Manager at Lucent Technologies
  • Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member, Eta Kappa Nu
  • Member, Sigma Xi

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions / Registrations

  • Illinois
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D.
  • Northwestern University, Electrical Engineering, Ph.D.
  • Iowa State University, Electrical Engineering, M.S.
  • Iowa State University, Electrical Engineering, B.S.