Michael J. Bendel


Michael J. Bendel

Location: Appleton

T: 920.750.7491

F: 920.996.0001


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Assistant: Laura McGuire

T: 920.750.5045


  • J.D., John Marshall Law School
  • B.A., St. Norbert College


Mike is passionate about helping others achieve tangible results with intangible property rights. He works with makers, creators, and innovators to discover the value in their ideas and manage their intellectual property (IP) estates to optimize their assets and opportunities.

Mike started his career as an IP attorney in the upper level of an award-winning renovated barn where he worked alongside three colleagues – and above an aromatic working horse stable.  He went on to join Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a patent attorney and IP counsel and developed strategic IP plans that helped drive the global conglomerate’s business success.

Mike engages all kinds of entrepreneurs to really understand their innovations and then meaningfully protect their differentiated products and solutions through a comprehensive IP protection plan. This includes working with you to:

  • Protect your valuable ideas so others cannot use them for free;
  • Determine the significance of your intellectual property and how it can help you reach your goals;
  • Master the fine print: protect the right ideas, iterations, and innovations—the first time;
  • Maintain control of your property rights as you commercialize or license your creative work;
  • Protect your present and your potential by developing documents that will evolve with your growth and success.

In his 25 years of experience, Mike has helped his clients obtain hundreds of registrations for their patents, trademarks and copyrights. He is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.

Notable Representations

Managed multi-million-dollar patent budget to deliver single-year $2MM in cost savings, including permanently eliminate $1.5MM annually through targeted programs, while retaining strategic intellectual property assets.

Raised the level of competence in the global intellectual property organization to enhance local filing strategies and strengthen the intellectual property estate being built.

Regularly built and improved standard work processes including invention disclosures, opposition reporting and PCT application prosecution; led to more disclosures, improved transparency, and more impactful prosecution.

Co-led strategic and tactical support of two multi-patent, five-year infringement litigations and coordinated dozens of internal and external personnel and resources to drive to a resolution mutually agreeable to the parties.

Championed multiple patent infringement investigations leading to settlements and license agreements with no or little litigation, resulting in over one million dollars of revenue to the bottom line plus value obtained for cross-licensed rights and other risks avoided.