Michelle Nyein

Michelle Nyein

Associate | Electrical & Computer Technologies
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS, Chemistry
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Harvard Law School, JD

Key Technologies

  • Protein & Nucleic Acid Sequencing 
  • Medical Devices 
  • Nanomaterials
  • Optoelectronics 
  • Small Molecule Pharmaceuticals 
  • Semiconductor Devices  
  • Microfluidics 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Genomics

Practice Groups

Admitted to Practice

  • Massachusetts
  • US Patent and Trademark Office


  • Boston


Michelle Nyein counsels clients on IP strategy and patent prosecution and represents clients in post-grant and litigation matters. With a technical background spanning chemistry as well as aeronautics and astronautics, Michelle works with clients across a wide range of technologies, including protein and nucleic acid sequencing, medical devices, nanomaterials, and optoelectronics. Additionally, with extensive experience in all aspects of patent law practice – including worldwide patent prosecution, IP agreements, invalidity & non-infringement opinions, due diligence, post-grant proceedings, and ITC litigation – Michelle helps clients build strong IP portfolios that advance business goals and avoid potential pitfalls.   

Michelle’s broad scientific background includes experience in computational mechanics, numerical methods, organic chemistry, biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, and genomics. Michelle conducted her doctoral research in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, where her research focused on computational modeling of blast-induced traumatic brain injury. Prior to completing her PhD, she earned a BS in Chemistry at MIT and a JD at Harvard Law School.

As an undergraduate at MIT, Michelle conducted research in protein crystallography. She also completed internships at Abbott Laboratories, where she worked in small molecule drug discovery; the MIT/Whitehead Center for Genome Research, where she conducted research on expression of genes linked to diabetes; and Boston Biochem, where she purified proteins involved in protein degradation pathways.

As a law student, Michelle was an intern in the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and a summer associate at an Am Law 50 law firm. In addition, while in law school, Michelle served as co-Technical Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal, represented low-income immigrants applying for asylum, and represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in arraignments, pre-trial conferences, and bench trials in district court.


  • Repeatedly named to the list of Massachusetts Rising Stars by Super Lawyers
  • Phi Beta Kappa


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