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Michael Baniak

Adjunct Professor of Law


School of Law



Mike Baniak is a highly experienced Intellectual Property attorney. On the transactional side, Mr. Baniak has provided counsel on, and negotiated and written, hundreds of technology transfer agreements and arrangements of virtually all types. This includes invention and innovation ownership agreements, trade secret and proprietary information protection agreements, in employment, independent development and joint venture situations. He chairs, and teaches at, annual two-day seminars for the Licensing Executives Society (an international organization of technology transfer professionals) on “Best Practices in Technology Transfer,” and has done so since the early 90’s.

Mr. Baniak now continues that practice as the Chief IP Counsel Global for EOS, an international company engaged in the additive manufacture industry (oftentimes referred to in general as “3D printing). See His experience in subject matter encompasses things and processes mechanical, electrical, software, business methods, medical devices and treatment, pharmaceutical delivery, optical, fluid dynamics, heat exchange, propulsion, combustion, computer gaming, adhesives, electrochemical, food packaging, service delivery, and more.

As a trial attorney, he has been involved in upwards of 300 intellectual property litigations over the course of his career, with more than half of those being patent litigations.

As a patent practitioner, he has written many hundreds of patent applications, and prosecuted even more, including appeals before the USPTO Trial Board. He continues to do “patent prep and pros” to this day.

Mr. Baniak has a broad-based background, and expertise that spans all facets of IP transactions, counseling, and litigation and appellate work, in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. He is a true “hybrid,” working in every aspect of IP virtually daily.

Mr. Baniak has been an adjunct professor of patent and copyright law at Northwestern University School of Law (for over 26 years, and now with the University of Dayton School of Law. He is a frequent lecturer as well as program chair on IP topics for the Licensing Executives Society, and many other organizations, such as the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) and Management Forum (UK).


J.D., Indiana University School of Law, cum laude (1980)
B.S. in Physics, University of Dayton, cum laude (1977)

Bar Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


American Bar Association
Licensing Executives Society (former Trustee, Certified Licensing Professional)
Advisory Board to the Univ. of Dayton School of Law


Illinois Super Lawyers
IAM 250 World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers
IAM 1000 The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners

Selected Publications

Co-Author, “Supreme Court Holds Copyright “First Sale” Doctrine Applies Internationally,” One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (March 22, 2013)

Co-Author, “Suing for Patent Infringement? One Form Does Not Fit All in Pleading Your Case,” One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 29, 2012)

Co-Author, "SUPERMAN Invulnerable to Latest Effort of Creator To Terminate His Copyright Transfer," One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 24, 2012)

Co-Author, “Win-Win Ruling Protects Coloring the “Sole” of the Fashion Industry,” One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 7, 2012)