Mike Pavento is a partner at the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property law. He regularly counsels clients on open source software issues. He also has significant experience in drafting and negotiating complex IP agreements and conducting IP due diligence studies and competitive analyses. As a registered patent attorney, his practice also includes preparation and prosecution of patent applications, rendering non-infringement and patent invalidity opinions, conducting design-around analyses, and handling patent reexamination and reissue proceedings. His areas of core technical competence include: telecom, computer and networking systems, software, e-commerce, electronic transaction processing, on-line banking, mechanical devices, medical devices, bioinformatics and business methods.