Erick J. Michel Ph.D., Shareholder
Erick Michel, Ph.D., is a Shareholder at McAndrews whose 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. The bulk of his work is in the semiconductor field, involving substrates, fabrication and chip design and application, among other technologies.
He has drafted hundreds of patent applications in matters encompassing electronics, integrated circuits and packaging, digital video, broadband, wireless networks, optical and fiber communication, silicon photonics, Bluetooth, RF, GPS, consumer electronics 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 during a seven-year tenure. 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. While at Northwestern, 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.
Thanks to both his professional experience and his academic credentials, Erick can quickly pick up technical concepts and draft patent applications with a minimal time commitment from inventors. Having spent over a decade as an in-house engineer, he has excellent working relationships with inventors. He has recently worked on projects such as non-infringement and invalidity discussions with an accusing competitor or prospective licensor.
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