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This week, we heard from Mike Wagner, partner and patent lawyer at Lewis Roca. His “experience ranges across all areas of intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings, licensing, opinions, litigation and due diligence.” Read more about Wagner’s practice and experience in his online biography.
What is your favorite clause of the Constitution and why?
A: As a patent attorney, I think my answer has to be Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, which is the patent and copyright clause. Before this career path, I likely would have never known that patent rights are covered by the constitution.
What’s your favorite weekend activity?
A: Hiking with my family.
Which rule of evidence do you hate the most and why?
A: Hearsay. Somebody told me that was the worst rule.
If you could choose to master a musical instrument that you don’t already know how to play, which one would it be and why?
A: Guitar. I love music and own a guitar, but I am a terrible guitarist.
What is your favorite restaurant and what’s your favorite thing to order there?
A: This answer seems to change every week, but Rioja has been one of my favorites for a long time. The Fresh Bacon is one of the best dishes in town.