Michael McCay is a patent agent in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. With a keen understanding of patent law and a broad technical background, he provides support in an effort to work efficiently through the patent application and prosecution process. He interprets and documents the scope of inventions and ensures there are no issues with regard to existing or potential patent infringements. He has prosecuted patents in venues all over the world, including foreign jurisdictions such as Europe, China, Japan, Eurasia, Indonesia, Africa and various South American nations. 

Working with clients in the aerospace, agricultural, artificial intelligence, automotive, biochemical, biomedical, biotechnology, chemical (including organic and inorganic), medical imaging, nanotechnology and radiotherapy disciplines, Michael oversees the full life cycle development of patents.

Michael drafts applications for and prosecutes patent portfolios that involve:

  • Genetic makeup and phenotypes of cells, plants, plant materials and seeds in the agribusiness industry, as well as plant material detection devices and methods of producing and breeding.
  • Artificial intelligence-assisted medical image reconstruction and segmentation.
  • Medical imaging including MRI, X-ray CT, photoacoustic (PA) imaging, single-photon microscopy, and diffuse optical tomography devices, methods, and clinical applications.
  • Aircraft and automotive mechanical structures, materials and manufacturing methods.
  • Nanotechnology, including systems, devices and methods for producing carbon nanotubes and other nanostructures.
  • Radiotherapy planning and administration devices and methods.
  • Orthopedic surgical appliances including appliances related to spinal fixation.
  • Photoelectric devices and methods of manufacture.

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  • University of California, Berkeley  (Ph.D., 2001)
    • Integrative Biology
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  (M.S., 1992)
    • Aeronautical Engineering
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  (B.S., 1985)
    • Aeronautical Engineering


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Prior to joining the firm, Michael was a patent agent with another St. Louis area firm. Before that, he worked at Entelos, a startup biotech company in Foster City, CA, where he developed computer simulations of human physiology for pharmaceutical companies. 

Previously, Michael was a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Dynamics at the University of California-Davis, where he developed a computational fluid dynamics model used to study the evolution of aquatic feeding in teleost fishes. During graduate school, he pursued research in a wide variety of areas to study the evolution of vertebrate flight including aerodynamic stability and control, micrometeorology, animal behavior, computer simulation of animal flight, fluid dynamics in the vicinity of moving animal appendages and tropical field biology.

Before graduate school, Michael worked as an aeronautical engineer at Boeing (then McDonnell Aircraft Co.) in St. Louis, where he designed and evaluated the performance and flying qualities of fighter jets.