Michael Fortes is an associate in the Intellectual Property practice group and the Brand Integrity and Innovation Group.
Mr. Fortes counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property rights enforcement and brand protection. He provides proactive and highly effective representation in rights disputes related to trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, rights of publicity and confidentiality agreements. Mr. Fortes specializes in advising clients on unsettled and developing legal issues related to infringement on the Internet, including policing avenues of e-commerce and web-based marketplaces, detecting and combating online piracy, and protecting trademark rights in domain names, among others. Apart from intellectual property rights enforcement, Mr. Fortes provides counsel in international and domestic brand strategy and portfolio management.
Mr. Fortes received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and received his M.B.A., with a focus in Finance, from the University of San Francisco Graduate School of Management. Prior to joining Sideman & Bancroft, Mr. Fortes was an attorney in the Trademark and Copyright group of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.