Michael Bertelson focuses his practice on patent law, including helping clients build strong and effective patent portfolios and avoiding or designing around the patent rights of others. Mr. Bertelson also has assisted with numerous patent litigations, and counsels clients about the acquisition and transfer of patents and patent portfolios. Additionally, Mr. Bertelson has substantial experience protecting and enforcing design patent rights.

Mr. Bertelson works with clients in a variety of industries, including consumer products, medical devices, universities, and industrial products. Mr. Bertelson is familiar with a variety of technologies, including mechanical, electro-mechanical and optical technologies.

Mr. Bertelson was recognized in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as a Georgia "Rising Star" in the area of Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers Magazine. He has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend's 2012 “Legal Elite” for Intellectual Property Law.


  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (2002)
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of Georgia, B.S., Genetics (1998)
    cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (2002)


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2002)
  • Georgia Supreme Court (2002)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (2002)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2007)

Who We Are

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Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
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Michael A. Bertelson

Experience Highlights

The Coca Cola Co. v. PepsiCo Inc., et al.
Represented Pepsi-Cola Co. and PepsiCo in a patent infringement suit brought by Coca-Cola in the Northern District of Georgia involving bag-in-box more
Intellectual property counseling for Smith & Nephew
Provides patent procurement and counseling services to Smith & Nephew, an industry leader in the development of advanced medical devices and more
Design patent litigation for leading flashlight manufacturer
Represented a leading manufacturer and distributor of flashlights and lanterns in the U.S. with enforcement services of design patents against an more
Grandparent adoption
Represents caregivers seeking to adopt children. One of the firm's signature pro bono programs is the Grandparent Adoption Program. Dozens of lawyers more