• University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1980
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D., Mathematics, 1969 
  • California Institute of Technology, B.S.,  1963
  • Fulbright Scholar, Brazil, 1981
  • Federal:
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • State:
  • State Bar of California (all state courts)
  • Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California, 1999-2002 
  • Chair, Computer Law Standing Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California, 1999-present
  • National Taskforce on Knowledge and Intellectual Property Management 
  • Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum Board
  • Chancellor's Professional Development Award - 2006, 2007
  • UCLA Academic Senate Research Award

Michael M. Krieger

Of Counsel/t 213-955-9240/f 213-955-9250


Michael Krieger has practiced high technology business and intellectual property law for more than 20 years, focusing on securing, expanding and monetizing clients' key IP assets to help grow their businesses.  To this end he encourages and assists clients in taking preventive steps not only by using patents, copyrights and  trademarks but also via well-tailored contracts and due diligence on their potential partners, with resort to litigation when the only effective option.  His clients have ranged from start- ups and non-profit organizations to industry leaders, as well as the United Nations and international initiatives. He also serves as an outside expert in technology litigation, particularly where IP, contract , and technology issues intertwine (e.g.,suits over faulty system installations, software ownership, or inadequate system performance).

With degrees in mathematics and then law, he spent 15 years on the MIT Mathematics and UCLA Computer Science faculties and as a Fulbright Scholar prior to practicing law. This background catalyzed his involvement in key areas as they emerged, including the Internet itself — born “Arpanet” in UCLA’s Computer Science Department, public key encryption (1978), open source software (2000), and Internet governance (as personal advisor to Internet pioneer Jon Postel, 1998).

During the 20+ years since the Web emerged, Michael has held key roles in the Intellectual Property Section of the California Bar, serving as Editor-in-Chief of its journal "New Matter," then as a member of its Executive Board, and also as long time chair of the Section's  Computer Law Committee and then its Technology, Internet and Privacy Interest Group. He serves on several start-up and non-profit boards including the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum and for many years on SCCUR (the Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research).

Representative Publications:

Open Source, Open Hazard to Software Development
  CIO Insight, Oct. 2001.
Managing Professional Liability: Of, By and For the Millennium.
  DRI Journal Fall 1998.
Trademarks v. Domain Names: NSI's Dispute Policy and Other News.
  New Matter, Vol. 23, No. 1 (1998).

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