Judge Michel served for more than 22 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, retiring in 2010. He judged several thousand appeals and authored more than 800 opinions, one third concerning intellectual property law. IAM magazine inducted him into the IP Hall of Fame, and he has been designated one of the 50 most influential leaders in intellectual property law in the world. His contributions were also recognized by lifetime achievement and similar awards by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation (IPO); and the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section.
Judge Michel has written numerous articles on patent law and advocacy, taught related courses and master classes at George Washington University, the University of Akron, and John Marshall law schools, serving as well on their IP advisory boards and on counterpart boards at the universities of California (Berkley), Washington, and Maryland. He co-authored a casebook, Patent Litigation and Strategy (West, 1999) and an August 2010 editorial in the New York Times on strengthening the patent system to promote prosperity and create new jobs.