Erik Milch


Cooley LLP


Erik Milch's practice focuses on the representation of clients in connection with patent litigation, US Patent and Trademark Office post-grant proceedings and strategic patent counseling. He has experience

litigating complex patent infringement matters involving malware detection, online transactions, call center technology, telecommunications, medical devices, consumer products and biofuels.

Erik also regularly counsels clients in connection with patent procurement, strategic counseling regarding the development of patent portfolios, patent licensing, valuation of patent portfolios in business transactions and transactional diligence Erik's professional experience includes all aspects of patent litigation, including enforcement of patents against competitors and defense of patent infringement allegations, from pre-filing through appeal. He has litigated in key patent jurisdictions across the country and the International Trade Commission.

Erik has been lead counsel or advised on numerous post-grant proceedings, including ex parte re-examination, inter partes re-examination and inter partes review in connection with co-pending litigation and separately. He has experience initiating and defending post-grant proceedings from filing to appeal.

Erik's technical experience includes technologies such as medical devices, life sciences instrumentation systems and software, haptic feedback systems, sports equipment, computer software, consumer products, retaining wall systems, fluid mechanics applications, water purification systems, automotive engines and mechanical and electrical components, aerospace propulsion and control systems, weapons systems and telecommunications.

Erik is recognized as one of the top patent attorneys in the country. He is named to Intellectual Asset Management's (IAM) Patent 1000 list, an honor that recognizes the best IP and licensing attorneys in the world. In the most recent edition of IAM  Patent 1000, he was lauded as "a results oriented lawyer with excellent judgment who you can trust in any litigation, prosecution or inter partes review conflict situation."  He has also been named to The Washingtonian's exclusive "Top Lawyers" list.

Erik is chair of the Reston Office Pro Bono Committee and a member of the firm wide Pro Bono Committee. He is co-chair of the firm wide Summer Associate Committee. 

Prior to law school, Erik was in the US Navy, serving as a naval aviation support officer at the US Naval Air Station in Keflavik, Iceland, and with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One in Patuxent River, Maryland.