Michael Baima
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Michael J. Baima is a shareholder and registered patent attorney in Reinhart’s Intellectual Property Practice. He serves a wide range of clients involved in the mechanical and electromechanical industries. Prior to practicing as a patent attorney, Mike gained invaluable practical experience working as a product engineer for an electric manufacturing company where he was involved in product development for semiconductor and food processing industries. While working in this capacity, he designed a modular product system that reduced delivery time from three weeks to a single day.

Clients value Mike’s practical work experience as it enables him to understand the technical aspects his clients are facing, and he is able to offer legal counsel at the intersection of technical and legal. Prior to joining Reinhart, Mike served in the Illinois Army National Guard for ten years where he was a Platoon Leader in an air defense artillery unit, a Company Executive Officer of a combat engineering unit, and an assistant to the Judge Advocate General Corps. During his time in the military, Mike successfully completed U.S. Army Airborne School training.


J.D., cum laude, Northern Illinois University
B.S., Northern Illinois University (Mechanical Engineering)
A.S., Illinois Valley Community College (Engineering Science)

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Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Conducting investigative prior art analysis to assist engineering
  • Drafting and prosecuting U.S. and International patent applications
  • Directing foreign counsel in preparing and prosecuting foreign national applications
  • Reviewing and negotiating various intellectual property agreements, including confidentiality, joint development and licensing agreements
  • American Bar Association
  • Winnebago County Bar Association, Board Member
  • Winnebago County Bar Foundation, Board Member
  • Young Lawyers Group of Winnebago County Bar Association, President
  • Rated top officer by enlisted peers of subordinate unit, Illinois Army National Guard, 2006
  • Ranked first in class of over one hundred peer officers, Officer Basic Course – Fort Bliss, TX, 2005
  • Awarded first place in the Iron Leader Competition, Fort Bliss, TX, 2005
  • General George C. Marshall Award recipient, Northern Illinois University, 2004