Michael Vander Molen is a registered U.S. patent attorney counseling clients through the various stages of product design and development.

For organizations ranging from start-up companies to Fortune 500 companies, Michael prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patent applications, and ensures that patents are not vulnerable to competitors’ challenges. He concentrates on a broad range of technologies with a focus on mechanical, chemical engineering and materials science matters. Michael has worked on a broad range of technologies including those relating to polysilicon production, ethanol reforming, glyphosate production and parallel synthesis techniques.

Working closely with inventors, in-house counsel, and patent examiners, Michael counsels through the various phases of product design and development to ensure suitable patent protection and strategic consistency. He also provides freedom-to-operate guidance and opinions to clients to maximize market potential of their commercial goods.


  • University of Iowa College of Law  (J.D., with high distinction, 2005)
    • Journal of Corporation Law (2003-2004)
  • Iowa State University  (B.S., with distinction, 2002)
    • Chemical Engineering


  • Missouri, 2005
  • Iowa, 2007
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities

  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association