Patent Attorney


Michael A. Schierloh

Patent Attorney

903B S Rolfe St.

Arlington, VA 22204                (703) 338-3462


Interested in opportunities to serve as a patent attorney conducting patent prosecution and/or litigation to help patent applicants and owners meet their goals. As a patent examiner in the mechanical arts I was recognized for: meticulousness in conducting prior art searches; analytical thinking; writing quality office actions; and understanding of technical issues. Through over 16 years of experience as a mechanical engineer for the United States Navy, I gained familiarity with a broad range of mechanical systems and components present in both shipboard and shore-side facilities.



Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C. (JD)


State University of New York, Maritime College, Bronx, NY, Marine Engineering (BE)


Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, NY, Chemical Engineering Major


Bar Admissions


US Patent & Trademark Office, #69705


Commonwealth of Virginia, #74200


Patent Prosecution Experience

Patent Examiner

09/2012 to 08/2013

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA

Examined patent applications in the Refrigeration Art Class.

Recognized for:

  • a sound grasp of technical issues;
  • an ability to think analytically with respect to legal issues;
  • meticulousness in performing prior art searches;
  • a sound understanding of basic principles of patent law and procedure, including restriction practice, adequacy of disclosure, claim interpretation, novelty, and obviousness; and
  • excelling in written and oral communication skills.


Legal Experience

Family Law Attorney (part time)

02/2009 to 07/2010

Sole Practioner, Arlington, VA

Conducted factual investigation and performed legal research to determine pleading grounds and to support motions and briefs for issues arising during litigation.

Prepared pleadings, motions and discovery documents.

Argued at Court oral hearings.


Document Reviewer

01/2004 to 09/2012

CACI, Arlington, VA

Provided database search and document review support for the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Licensing Support Network (LSN.) The LSN publically disclosed documents over the internet to fulfill the document production requirements necessary for the DOE to apply for licensure of a Nuclear Waste Repository.


Estate Planning

02/2002 to 08/2003

Peterson & Basha, PLC, Vienna, VA

Conducted research and prepared legal briefs on variety of subjects, including estate planning and fiduciary issues, corporate matters, trademark registration, federal and local regulations, immigration, tax and insurance. 

Coordinated asset transfers and funding of trusts. 

Drafted estate planning, like-kind exchange, and corporate documents. 

The following is excerpted from a letter of recommendation written by one of the firm’s partners: “His strengths include his tremendous research ability, attention to detail, and ability to figure out almost any task presented to him. He has shown his ability to work in a wide variety of areas, including immigration, estate planning, general research, financial overviews, etc.” 


Engineering Experience















Mechanical Engineer

07/1990 to 04/2000


Military Sealift Command (MSC), Washington, D.C.

Served as the Headquarters “type desk” engineer for several classes of ships, overseeing ship maintenance, repair and upgrades.

Reviewed requests to alter ship systems and components. This entailed conducting research and applying engineering principles to analyze the feasibility and operational benefit of the proposed alteration, compared to other potential technological solutions.

Oversaw modernization of towing machinery on four fleet tugs from technical evaluation of offers through to installation and test and evaluation; qualifying the tugs in time to meet the Navy’s towing schedule.



Mechanical Engineer

08/1983 to 07/1990


Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES), Philadelphia, PA

Developed operating procedures for ship systems; managing effort through process of leading teams of engineers on initial surveys of ships, writing of the procedures and later revisit to the ships to test the procedures in actual use.

Consistently met tight deadlines for developing test site procedures.






  • ID#: 76770
  • Location: Arlington, VA , 22204

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