Michael Shimokaji Lawyer Profile | FizzLaw

Michael Shimokaji

For more than 20 years, I have been a trusted and reliable counselor for a broad range of clients that include entrepreneurs, start-ups, Fortune 500, universities, and government agencies in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition matters. This includes registration, licensing and litigation. We offer fixed fees.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Shimokaji has supported clients in industries as diverse as aerospace, apparel, chemicals, household products, medical devices, photo imaging, and semiconductors.  He has been a member of the Steering Committee for the California Minority Counsel Program.  He was a founding director of the Orange County Japanese-American Lawyers Association and has served as an instructor in the paralegal program at the University of California, Irvine.  Mr. Shimokaji is a past president of the Orange Coast Optimist Club.  He served for three years on the Executive Committee for the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section.  He is now serving a three year term on the California State Bar Federal Courts Committee.  Mr. Shimokaji is also a member of the editorial board for The Journal of the Association of University Technology Managers.  He is the author of articles that include “Inducement and Contributory Infringement Theories to Regulate Pre-Patent Issuance Activity” 37 IDEA 571 (1997); “Type of Use Determines Whether Use of Web Content Will Be Infringing” L.A. Daily Journal, August 22, 2002; and “Cease and Desist Letters May Contain Some Hidden Perils” L.A. Daily Journal, February 27, 2003; “Contingency Defense in Patent Lawsuits” L.A. Daily Journal, August 1, 2006; “Putting Designs to the Test” L.A. Daily Journal, October 30, 2008; “Mind Over Matter” Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2009.  Following graduation from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Mr. Shimokaji received his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law.  In law school, Mr. Shimokaji was an executive editor for the school’s law review.  He has served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Robert M. Takasugi, Judge, United States District Court.  Mr. Shimokaji is admitted to the California Bar and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.