Michael J. Ram Of Counsel
Mike Ram

Phone: 818.888.0500


Practice Areas

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Business Contracts
  • Technology Licensing
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Secrets

Mike Ram is Of Counsel at Foundation Law Group LLP and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.


Mike’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, counselling on technology monetization, strategic product positioning and technology licensing, due diligence and freedom to operate evaluations, pre-suit investigations, expert witnessing in IP litigation, management of large, international patent portfolios, and building strategic IP portfolios for emerging growth companies.  His background is in chemical engineering, materials science, medical devices and diagnostics, nutritional products, pharmaceuticals and biotech.


Mike has more than 40 years of experience in patent prosecution, as well as trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, patent infringement analyses, patent validity studies, and intellectual property transactions. He possesses extensive technical knowledge of medical technology and procedures, chemistry, chemical and materials processing, energy generation and power systems, automotive and aircraft propulsion, devices and systems for 3D fabrication of products, and gadgets and devices for a broad range of applications. He has provided lectures at national and international conferences on intellectual property matters and technology licensing as well as providing classes on the legal aspects of technology protection and transfer in University entrepreneurship programs.


Prior to joining Foundation Law Group, Mike was a Research Engineer with Celanese and in-house Patent Counsel and General Counsel with CR Bard and US divisions of Intermedics and Pharmacia. He also had an active international IP practice at Sheldon & Mak; Arent, Kleinberg, Lerner and Ram; Loeb & Loeb; and  Koppel, Patrick, Heybl and Philpott and is currently Managing Partner at MJ Ram & Associates.


Mike’s publications and presentations include:


  • Inventor on numerous US Patents- US3,539,295; 3,656,904; 3,657,409; 3,677,705; 3,732,974; 3,775,520; 3,846,833; 3,888,895; 3,914,393; 3,954,950; 3,997,638; 5,007,897; 5,192,271; 5,287,960; 5,352,182; 5,476,434; 5,509,889; 5,704,353; 6,540,760 and corresponding foreign patents.
  • Drafted and prosecuted hundreds of US Utility and Design patents and numerous corresponding foreign patents covering a broad range of technologies.
  • Presented “Identifying, Managing and Mitigating Risk,” Panelist in Partnering Across the Business to Ensure the Success of Legal Operations’ Mission, Today’s General Counsel Conference, March 5-6, 2018.
  • “Preserving Patent Rights to Company Technology,” International In-House Counsel Journal, Vol. 9, No. 35, Spring 2016, pp. 1-6.
  • Author Drafting Business Contracts: Principles, Techniques & Forms, Continuing Education of the Bar, (1994). “Factual Basis of the Agreement: Recitals, Representations, and Warranties”, Chapter 7; Annual Update contributor 1996- 2013 – Chapter 3 (Preliminary Considerations), Chapter 4 (Client Interview), Chapter 7 (“Factual Basis of the Agreement: Recitals, Representations, and  Warranties”), Chapter 13 (“Rights of Nonparties; Assignment Delegation, and Third Party Beneficiaries”), Chapter 17 ( “General Provisions), Chapter 18 (Execution and Signatures), Chapter 19 (“Amendment and Modifications to Executory Contracts”) and Chapter 20 (Letters of Intent).
  • “Technology of Safety Devices for Firearms” Loyola Consumer Law Review, Vol. 12, No. 3 (2000).
  • “Protecting the Intellectual Property Rights in Software: The Software Patent” Loyola Consumer Law Review, 11, No. 2 (1999).
  • “What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then on Intellectual Property”, So. Cal. Chapter, Amer. Chem. Soc., Oct. 20, 1998.
  • “Establishing Values for New Inventions and Technologies” Licensing Executive Society National Meeting Workshop, September 30, 1996
  • Editorial Advisor/Practice Consultant, Trade Secret Law and Practice, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1996.
  • “Patent, Publish, or Perish,” Faculty Technology Transfer Conference, New Jersey Institute of Technology, February 22, 1996.
  • Editorial Advisor/Practice Consultant, Trade Secret Law and Practice, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1996.
  • “Successful Licensing – The Process of Investigation and Negotiation”, Technology Transfer: Commercialization For Economic Development, The Association of Federal Technology Transfer Executives, 2-3 March, 1995, Panel speaker.
  • “Legal Aspects of Technology Transfer,” Technology Transfer and Commercialization, UC Berkeley Extension Division, 1994.
  • Panel speaker “The Protection Process,” “Licensing vs. New Ventures,” Inventors & Entrepreneurs Workshop, Center for New Venture Alliance, California State University, Hayward, Dec. 3, 1994.
  • California Civil Practice, Business Litigation, Vol. 3 – Contracts, Bancroft-Whitney, 1993 (Practice Consultant).
  • “Due Diligence Clauses – Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t”, AUTM Western Regional Meeting, July, 1992.
  • “Licensing for Entrepreneurs”, Guest Lecturer, UCLA Extension Division – April 1991; April 1992.
  • Managing Intellectual Property, Fourjays Publications, London, England, Editorial Advisory Board.
  • “Recent Changes in International Licensing,” Speaker, Orange County World Trade Center, February, 1991.
  • “Licensing Your Invention to a Corporation,” Speaker, Invention Convention, September 1990; 1991; 1992.
  • “U.S. Patent System – Important Differences to Non-U.S., Manufacturers” – International Medical & Diagnostic Industry, Vol. 1, No. 4, (Nov-Dec. 1990), pp. 22-25, 51.
  • “Non-infringing Sales of An Infringing Medical Device – Lilly v. Medtronics,” Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry, Vol. 12, No. 9, (September, 1990), pp. 36-39.
  • Chaired session on Noninvasive Diagnostics at Innovation, 1984. National Conference on Technology Exchange.
  • “Patent Fraud; A New Defense?” Journal of the Patent Office Society, Vol. 54, Nos. 6, (June,


Mike received his JD from Seton Hall Law School and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York (inactive), California and at the United States Patent Office.  He received his BS Chem. E degree from Lafayette and a D.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from NJIT.