Mike Etienne is a patent litigation attorney, who also handles related trademark and trade secret disputes in federal court. Mike’s litigation practice spans several industries and technology areas including LED luminaires, tank alarms and controls, building controls, fire-resistant glass flooring, cursor modification technology, patient records software applications, contact lens products, and others.

Mike also prepares patents for a variety of local and national clients. To that end, he focuses his prosecution practice on obtaining patents covering medical devices such as stents for glaucoma, agricultural and industrial machinery, and various other electro-mechanical technologies.

Mike also prepares IP license agreements, performs IP due diligence for M&A and other transactions, and provides patent validity and infringement opinions to clients as well as advice on how to leverage clients’ existing intellectual property portfolios.

With a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Purdue University and professional experience as a field engineer with Baker Hughes Oil and Gas, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge to Taft. Prior to joining Taft, he was an attorney at a national business law firm in Indianapolis, where he helped clients in matters involving U.S. patent law, international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications, and foreign patent applications.


  • Honoree, Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch,” Litigation – Intellectual Property (2024)

  • Honoree, Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Intellectual Property Litigation (2024)

All Service Areas


  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law (2018)
  • Purdue University (B.S., biomedical engineering) (2014)


  • State - Indiana
  • Federal - Northern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Southern District of Indiana
  • Federal - United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law

    Intellectual Property Association, former director of alumni relations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association


Community Involvement

  • American Lung Association of Indiana

    Member, Executive Leadership Team, Fight for Air Climb

  • United Way of Central Indiana


  • Ask-a-Lawyer

    Pro bono volunteer