Michael Farjami, Partner

Photo of Attorney Michael FarjamiMichael Farjami is a patent attorney in California and a founding partner of the intellectual property law firm of Farjami & Farjami, LLP.

Michael Farjami received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in 1993, where he was an honors student and a member of Loyola’s Law journal.  Michael has authored and prosecuted high-technology domestic and foreign patent applications since 1990.  He has extensive experience in the areas of electrical, electronics and computer arts.

Michael obtained a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1985. He was a Graduate Departmental Scholar and wrote a comprehensive thesis on MOS, EPROM, and EEPROM devices at UCLA. Michael worked as a project leader and electrical engineer at Rockwell International for over five years. There, he received various awards as the project leader for Rockwell’s microcomputer and signal processor chips.

Patent Application Experience

Michael has authored patent applications in fields such as:

  • RF and mixed signal semiconductor devices, SiGe, HBT and InGaP devices
  • Analog, digital and temperature compensated circuits
  • Logic and system architecture such as VLIW processors, high speech cache CPU pipelining systems and mixed supply voltage logic
  • Chip packages such as surface mount packages for PCMCIA cards and wireless packages with embedded discrete components

Michael has also written a large number of applications for wireless devices and systems in GSM, TDMA, CDMA, and W-CDMA technologies, including their related application software.  He has also authored software patent applications in the areas of:

  • User Graphic Interfaces
  • Object-Oriented programs
  • Relational data bases
  • Internet Intelligent Agents
  • Internet shopping cards
  • Hardware/software co-verification systems and debuggers

In addition, Michael has prepared a number of patent infringement and validity opinions.

Intellectual Property and Patent Law Experience

Michael has also been involved in trademark procurement for several years, and he has considerable experience in litigation and licensing matters.  He was the lead counsel in a major trademark infringement and unfair competition lawsuit.  He was also the lead counsel in a major copyright, trademark and trade dress case in the United States Federal Court, Central District of California and a separate trademark case in the same Court.  In addition, he was the lead counsel in one trademark cancellation and two trademark opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Michael has counseled a number of business owners in formulating appropriate intellectual property licensing programs for their products and services.  He has drafted a number of agreements involving software licenses and wafer purchase and resale agreements.

Michael is admitted to practice law in state courts of California as well as a number of federal courts such as the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He is a member of the Intellectual Property Section of the California State Bar.  He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Areas of Practice


  • Semiconductor processes
  • Chip packaging
  • Microprocessors and memory devices
  • RF and mixed signal
  • SiGe, HBT, and InGaP devices
  • VLIW processors and CPU pipelining systems
  • Wireless, GSM, TDMA, CDMA, and W-CDMA
  • Graphic User Interfaces
  • Co-verification systems and debuggers
  • Nanotechnology
  • Imaging technology
  • Electromechanical and mechanical apparatus
  • Turbochargers, engines and vehicles


  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from UCLA
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, from UCLA

Academic and Professional Achievements

  • Honors student at Loyola Law School
  • Graduate Department Scholar at UCLA, where he wrote a comprehensive thesis on MOS, EPROM and EEPROM devices
  • Recipient of various awards as a project leader for designing microcomputer and signal processor chips

Published Works

Michael has authored the following papers and articles in the area of intellectual property law:

  • A Protectable Trade Dress Without Secondary Meaning – On Second Thought @ 13 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 381-411 (1993).
  • Dress Blues – What Does Inherently Distinctive Really Mean? @ L.A. Daily J., July 21, 1995, at 7.
  • Saving Interface – Using Patents to Protect GUIs @ L.A. Daily J., Aug 18, 1995, at 7.