Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has announced Kirk Dorius has joined the firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. While based in Austin, Dorius will also spend significant time in the firm’s Salt Lake City, UT, office.
Dorius focuses his practice on patent prosecution, licensing and patent litigation. He counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property matters, including portfolio development and commercialization for a range of mechanical, manufacturing, medical, oil and gas, automotive and electromechanical technologies.
Prior to joining Michael Best, Dorius led the patent prosecution group at Reed & Scardino LLP in Austin. In addition to nearly 10 years of firm practice experience, Dorius served as general counsel of a nuclear engineering company and has presented on nuclear energy and nuclear medicine issues at all levels of industry and government. Prior to law school, he worked as a mechanical engineer for The Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace company.
An active member of the Austin nonprofit realm, Dorius has served as President of the Pointsman Foundation since June of 2014. In this role, he draws upon a background in intellectual property law and nuclear technologies to support the foundation’s mission of advancing domestic production and use of stable isotopes and radioisotopes for medical treatments, diagnostics and research.
Dorius earned his J.D., with honors, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property in 2004 and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Utah State University in 2000. He also attended Tsinghua University School of Law’s Intellectual Property Summer Institute in Beijing, China, in 2002.