Patents are a fusion of business planning, market strategy, technology, communication and law. Helping companies, engineers and inventors work at this intersection is Michael’s passion as he works with our clients to anticipate opportunities and develop patent portfolios that are both cost-effective and profitable.

Work Highlights

Avanti Commerce Inc.

Solar Inspired Energy Inc.

Van Rosa Innovations Limited

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Michael helps people protect the critical aspects of their creations—function, brand and aesthetic—because these features are what compel the market to conduct business with our clients rather than with their competitors.

Patent applications in technical fields that include electronics, software, communications, business methods and mechanics Industrial design applications
Copyright applications Strategic use of intellectual property

Michael arms our clients with the knowledge, confidence and tools to capitalize on opportunities. Michael distills the patent system for clients, who are gifted in creating all manner of wonderful innovation, but may have limited exposure to the legal and business implications of IP protection and profit.

This also includes early-stage training for engineers, innovators and other students of technology. Michael developed and instructed a graduate course in IP management and technology commercialization at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Applied Science. Over more than a decade, this course helped to create a pool of entrepreneurial innovators trained to recognize IP commercial opportunities and build IP protection portfolios that support business and market strategy.

Our clients appreciate that Michael has a degree in electrical engineering, because he is able to discern the technical and marketing aspects of inventions and produce patent applications that meet legal requirements and support competition strategies.

To earn patent rights, one must teach the world how to make and use an invention. Michael is passionate about exposing entrepreneurs to IP opportunities and the skills they need to take advantage of them.

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Willborn Investments Incorporated
  • Multiposition visor adaptor system
"Michael Roman and the team at Clark Wilson provided invaluable help and advice for securing IP protection for our company's first and second forays into commercializing in house inventions. Beyond professionalism and competence, they are a pleasure to work with on a personal level."

Scott Lionello, President, Van Rosa Innovations Limited

“While patent systems may be daunting to many business executives, Michael’s attentive nature and measured analysis give way to excellent guidance throughout the process. Working with Michael continues to be a pleasure.”

Jason Strashek, President, Avanti Commerce Inc.

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Industry Involvement
  • Business of Law Committee, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Past Member
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Fellow
  • Emerging Issues Committee, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Past-Chair
Education & Call to Bar
  • Registered Patent Agent, 1993
  • Registered Trademark Agent, 1992
  • Call to Bar: British Columbia, 1992
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1991
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering (with Honours), University of Toronto, 1988