Michael A. Cohen

Michael A. Cohen

Industry Group Leader


  • Intellectual Property
  • International Business
  • IP Litigation
  • Privacy and Data Security

WSG Practice Industries


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Oregon, U.S.A.

WSG Leadership

WSG in North America Group
WSG Main Group
INTA Group

Mike Cohen specializes in brand management and protection.  He offers strategic advice to ‎clients regarding the selection, registration and enforcement of trademarks in the U.S. and ‎worldwide; copyright protection and enforcement; anti-counterfeiting strategies; internet ‎domain name disputes; the transfer and licensing of intellectual property rights; IP due ‎diligence for mergers and acquisitions; and entertainment, media and advertising law, ‎including advising clients on advertising and promotional campaigns, and negotiating and ‎enforcing book, music and movie deals and royalty agreements.

Mike is included on the ‎World's Leading Trademark Professionals list published by the UK-based World Trademark ‎Review, has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters for his Intellectual ‎Property work every year since 2006, and received the designation of Oregon Copyright Lawyer ‎of the Year for 2016 from Best Lawyers. 


"A full-service powerhouse in this neck of the woods, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt keenly recognises the asset potential of intellectual property and has sculpted a robust soft IP and patent practice to help maximise the gains of its illustrious client base. A replete knowledge not just of trademarks but also of marketing and advertising law enables it to execute holistic solutions to any brand-related conundrum. In the driving seat is Michael Cohen, who is equal parts deft strategic counsellor and 'aggressive enforcer.' Whatever the task at hand, he 'gets brilliant results.'"

- World Trademark Review

“All-around superstar” Michael Cohen inspires and motivates his colleagues and makes in-house counsel look great. “Exceptionally smart, easy going and non-adversarial, Mike is rightly adored by his clients.” Best described as a brand strategist, Cohen is a leading light when it comes to prosecution, enforcement and IP monetization.

- World Trademark Review 1000

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • University of Oregon School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (1996)
  • University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (1989)
Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property | International Business | IP Litigation | Privacy and Data Security | Trademarks, Copyrights, Marketing and Advertising | Transactions, Licensing and E-commerce

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • 20 years of experience in global trademark portfolio management, counseling, clearance, prosecution, enforcement, licensing and litigation; technology transfer; IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions; internet/e-commerce counseling; domain name recovery; and entertainment, media and advertising law
  • Currently responsible for over 2000 active domestic and international trademarks
  • Clients range from internationally-recognized sportswear, footwear and apparel brands, to food and beverage products, to financial services and technology companies
  • Named to the World's Leading Trademark Professionals list, as published by the UK-based World Trademark Review


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