Mike Saunders

Mike Saunders - Folio Law Group

Mike Saunders

Mike is an experienced litigator and transactions lawyer who guides clients through complex waters.

Helping his clients navigate difficult transactions and intellectual property issues, Mike litigates and advises on a broad range of topics including contracts, copyrights, trademarks, patents, product liability, compliance and marketing. He has represented large and small clients across a variety of software and life science technologies, including web and Internet technologies, ecommerce, database systems, digital health wearables, gene editing, stem cell therapies, protein engineering, molecular diagnostics, and small molecule therapeutics. Mike provides business-focused counsel informed by a history of entrepreneurship and in-house legal experience advising on product strategy, protecting intellectual property, managing litigation, and developing corporate policies. He is also a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent Office.

Prior to founding Folio Law Group, Mike was a litigation and licensing attorney at Fenwick & West, in-house counsel for Redfin, and a founder of two biotechnology companies. Mike also served as judicial clerk to Judges Maxine Chesney and Susan Illston of the Northern District of California. He has a B.S. degree in Biology from Bucknell University and a J.D. degree from Tulane University School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif.

Representative Cases:

Mike served as trial counsel representing an innovative life sciences company in complex patent litigation against its primary market competitor. After two years of litigation and a two-week trial, Mike and his team secured a $18M dollar jury verdict.

Mike was counsel representing a small venture-funded technology company in defense of a patent complaint brought by a large multinational corporation. Following an investigation into the history of the technology and disclosures showing the patents to be invalid, the large plaintiff dismissed its case and walked away, requiring our client to pay nothing.

Mike represented a small venture-funded corporation in patent litigation filed by a patent assertion entity. On the strength of non-infringement theories developed early in the case we won on summary judgment and successfully lobbied the court to require the patent plaintiff to pay our client’s legal fees.


  • Licensed patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Member of the California State Bar
  • Member of the Washington State Bar
  • Admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California
  • Admitted to the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Admitted to the United States District Courts for the Western District of Washington