About Mika

Mika Ito is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Technology & Intellectual Property group. Mika has deep and specific experience in patent prosecutions of U.S. and foreign patent applications for emerging technologies including semiconductor (circuitry and fabrication), online entertainment (artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality, video signal processing), interactive user interface applications (tactile inputs, speech technology), automotive electronics (GPS and telematics), and medical device (remote monitoring systems), among others.

Mika also advises clients on open-source licensing matters. Using her experience as a software engineer, she provides legal training about open-source licenses to software engineers.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Mika was an associate (2020–2022) and patent agent (2015–2020) with Dorsey and Whitney, LLP. Earlier in her career, she was an intellectual property engineer with Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. (2011–2015); a patent scientist with Knobbe, Martens, Olson and Bear LLP (2008–2011); a software engineer at Sony Corp. (1992–1999 and 2006–2007); and a speech linguist at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (2004–2006).

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  • Drafted patent applications, performed prior art searches, and handled patent prosecution of patent applications.
  • Conducted freedom-to-operate analysis of products, including non-infringement and invalidity of patents, and drafted opinions.
  • Conducted document reviews in patent litigation matters related to electrical and software technologies.
  • Provided presentations on intellectual property issues around artificial intelligence and machine learning.
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Honors & Activities

  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in America (Intellectual Property Law), 2024
  • Washington State Intellectual Property Law Association
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Artificial Intelligence and Inventorship -Developer and Practitioner’s Perspective-,” Osaka University IP seminar, February 26, 2022
  • “AI-related Invention Patentability and Disclosure Standards Across the U.S. and Europe” (with Prof. Toshiko Takenaka), International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) of Japan, June 23, 2021
  • “Open-Source Software License,” Media Contents Special Seminar, University of Tokyo, July 2, 2021
  • “Comparison of Patentability Standards of AI Related Inventions across Jurisdictions: the Role of Patentability Requirements” (co-author), Patent Special Volume, Vol. 74, Issue 26, pp.85–107, Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2021
  • “Drafting US Patent Application for AI Invention” (with Prof. Toshiko Takenaka), Japan Intellectual Property Association, December 9, 2019
  • “Geographical Indication in Japan (Part 1),” Patents & Licensing Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 22–29, 2019
  • “Geographical Indication in Japan (Part 2),” Patents & Licensing Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 7–16, 2019

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