Registered to practice before the USPTO and backed with industry experience in engineering, Michele manages and counsels both consumer-oriented and tech-focused clients on trademark, copyright and other intellectual property issues. She uses her skills in Arabic and French to tap into a global network of associates to effectively represent international clients with their various IP needs.


Michele Glessner is a member in Moore & Van Allen's Intellectual Property group. She concentrates her practice on trademark and copyright portfolio management and counseling clients on filing, use, and enforcement strategies worldwide. In the 2021 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, Michele is highlighted by the publication as being “a pathfinder on global prosecution and strategy” and is ranked silver in North Carolina. An experienced patent attorney and registered before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Michele also advises clients on various patent matters, including utility and design patent prosecution, freedom-to-practice, and patent portfolio analysis.

Michele earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2006. She received her B.S., cum laude, in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1999. Before attending law school, Michele was a product engineer for an industrial gases and chemicals company and earned her engineer-in-training certification.

Michele is a fluent speaker of Egyptian Arabic and has a foundation in classical Arabic, both written and spoken. In addition, she is proficient in French.

Representative Experience

  • Prosecuting foreign and domestic trademark applications and dealing with trademark clearance and enforcement matters
  • Counseling trademark clients in a variety of industries, including retail store services, financial and insurance services, footwear, textile and home products, apparel, packaging, soil conditioning, agrochemical, and food services
  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of computer networking technology, biomedical devices, and consumer packaging



  • Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law, 2023-2024; Trademark Law, 2023-2024
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2024 
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Intellectual Property, 2024
  • World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2021, 2023
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA) Brands and Innovation Committee, 2023-2024




  • Member, Carolina Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Association (CPTCLA)


J.D., University of Notre Dame, 2006 magna cum laude 

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University,1999 cum laude


  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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"Michele Glessner at Moore & Van Allen has been our go-to trademark attorney for years. She has a keen sense of what is best for our business, and I have consistently been able to count on her to provide the best advice on a broad spectrum of trademark issues." - Best Law Firms®, 2024

Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law, 2023-2024; Trademark Law, 2023-2024

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