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Michael Dale Oliver

Licensing Attorney at Towson, MD

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  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 34 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Licensing
    All aspects of licensing, concentration in software and digital media issues

    29 years

  2. Intellectual property
    All aspects of intellectual property consultation (excluding patent prosecution)

    32 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    All commercial agreements typically involving technology (e.g. engineering services, consulting)

  4. Internet
    All aspects of digital media transactions - privacy, teaming agreements, terms of use and service etc.

    29 years

I concentrate my practice in transactional intellectualproperty matters and business deals involving technology based companies.  Much of this work is in acquisition, protection and enforcementof intellectual property rights in computer and internet technologyincluding domain names, trademark prosecution including opposition,cancellation and interference proceedings before the Trademark Trialand Appeal Board, copyright acquisition and enforcement, andadvertising law including Lanham Act cases (false and misleadingadvertising, dilution, tarnishment). 


I have extensiveexperience in licensing of computer software, and licensing andownership resolution of digital information on the internet.  I am a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) as well as an inactive Certified Public Accountant. 


I have taught as adjunct faculty at the University ofMaryland School of Law (in the fall of 2000, teaching a course withother lawyers on Introduction to Intellectual Property Practice), andin 2004 I co-taught Cyberspace Law Seminar at the Universityof Maryland School of Law.  I currently teach Law and Ethicsat the Graduate School of Management Engineering, University ofMaryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC).

I have given many talks on computer law, internet law and advertising law.  Some of the organizations that I have presented for include Lorman, Carroll COunty Chamber of Commerce, Glasser Legal Works (NY City), the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), theIntellectual Property sub-committee of the Business Law Section of theMSBA, the Maryland Institute of Continuing Professional Education forLawyers, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the Baltimore County BarAssociation.


In what little off time I have, I like to continue learning computer programing, and my environment is Apache, PHP and MySQL.  I also play classical guitar, and am one of the former presidents of The Baltimore ClassicalGuitar Society, Inc.  I also am a serious photographer, and now have somewhat extensive experience with many adobe creative suite applications.


Oliver & Grimsley, LLC
502 Washington Ave
Ste 605
Towson, MD, 21204


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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member/Founder
  • Oliver & Grimsley, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Member
  • Bowie & Jensen LLC
  • 1995 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Whiteford, Taylor & Preston
  • 1988 - 1995


  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sun Dun Inc. of Washington v. Coca-Cola Co., 770 F.Supp. 285 (D. Md. 1991)
  • Settled
  • Washington Properties Ltd. Partnership v. Resolution Trust Corp., 796 F. Supp. 542 (D. D.C. 1992)
  • Concluded


  • Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Communications Committee
  • Chair
  • 2006 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Communications Committee
  • Founding Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc.
  • President
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Technology Committee
  • Chair
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc.
  • Vice President
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc.
  • Treasurer
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Secretary
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc.
  • Board of Trustees
  • 1997 - 2003
  • Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc.
  • Executive Committee, Board of Trustees
  • 1997 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Pre-eminent Rating
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Baltimore's Top Lawyers to Watch
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • 2003
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • N/A


  • Vol. 36, No. 6, Maryland Bar Journal, at 2
  • Risk Management Strategies: Remedies in Intellectual Property Cases
  • 2003
  • Vol. 34, No. 6, Maryland Bar Journal, at 2
  • Technology, the Internet and the Practice of Law
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Business Law Institute
  • Brand & Content Protection – legal issues in web and mobile (Speaker, Business Law Institute, MSBA, April 27, 2013)
  • 2013
  • Pennsylvania Medical Group Management Association
  • Anatomy of Software Deals and Hiring Computer Security Professionals
  • 2008
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Business Document Drafting Series, Intellectual Property Contracts
  • 2004
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Software Licensing Basics
  • 2004
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute Technology Forum
  • Advanced Topics in Software Licensing
  • 2003
  • Computer Security and UETA in Government
  • 2003
  • Maryland Judicial Institute
  • Contract issues in Computer Software Development
  • 2003
  • Introduction to eCommerce
  • 2000
  • Computer Law Update
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Michael
Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike since I began practicing law in 2009 as a colleague and fellow member of the bar. I highly recommend Mike to others and have high confidence Mike will do a good job when presented with the opportunity."
Intellectual property Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Oliver is one of the brightest fellows I've met in this area of practice."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Oliver and I have worked together on several matters, most recently a case involving complex intellectual property issues. Mr. Oliver was able clarify the issues for both me and my client, and give sound a cogent advice, both legal and practical. I recommend him without reservation."
Intellectual property Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is the "go-to" guy for top notch, practical advice in the area of intellectual property and business matters. I frequently refer clients to Mike when they have an intellectual property issue that is out of my area of practice. Mike is also a down-to-earth, great guy. Katherine Taylor"