- Food & Agribusiness
- Intellectual Property
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Animal Health
- Trade Secret & Business Information Protection
- Trade Secrets
- Alcohol & Beverage
|Contact Info||Telephone: 314.345.6432|
|University ||Oklahoma State University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, with honors, 1987 Pi Tau Sigma; Tau Beta Pi; The Queens College, The Queen's College at University of Oxford, 1990; Kerr-McGee Scholar|
|Law School||University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., with high honors, 1992; Oklahoma Law Review, 1990-1992|
|Admitted||1992, Oklahoma; 1996, Missouri; 1997, Illinois; 1992, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma; 1992, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma; 1992, U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma; 1996, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; 1997, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois; 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; 2007, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar); 2010, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin|
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Litigation Committee and Advisory Board
•American Intellectual Property Law Association, IP Insurance and Trade Secret Subcommittees
•Illinois State Bar Association
•Licensing Executive Society, St. Louis Chapter, founder; chair, 2013
•The Missouri Bar
•The Oklahoma Bar Association
During his 20-plus years as an attorney providing intellectual property consultation and litigation counsel, Mike has represented clients in a number of industries and technologies, such as agricultural and construction equipment, consumer food items and packaging, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, building materials, consumer products, and electronics and telecommunication systems. In food and food-service matters, the bulk of his work relates to branding and resolution of trademark/trade dress conflicts, as well as false advertising claims and disputes. Industry clients that Mike has served include:
•Luxco Inc., a distilled-spirits producer and seller, in trademark disputes involving numerous brands and packaging styles.
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co., a farm and construction equipment maker, in patent infringement matters.
Coburn Co., a leading manufacturer and distributor of milking equipment and livestock supplies, in patent infringement matters.
Bunzl Distribution USA Inc., North America's leading supplier of food packaging, disposal supplies, and cleaning and safety products, in its patent and trademark matters.
Mike's other agribusiness engagements have included PFI (formerly Paul Flum Industries), which manufactures beverage display units for retail operations such as convenience stores and grocery stores, and TricorBraun Inc., a bottle/container manufacturer. He also has experience with alcohol beverage labeling regulations through the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Through intellectual property consultation and litigation, Mike protects critical intellectual assets and business information for clients across the country, including fast track or 'rocket docket' action in these U.S. District Courts: Eastern Districts of Virginia and Texas and the Western District of Wisconsin. He primarily focuses on defending and prosecuting instances of patent infringement. He also represents clients in cases involving trademark and service mark infringement, unfair competition and trademark dilution. In addition, he has substantial experience before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in oppositions, cancellations and contested concurrent-use proceedings.
Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers In America, Intellectual Property Law, 2010; Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, 2014
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2012, 2013
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri, golf tournament, Executive Committee
Representing defendant in a patent infringement case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado involving a method of using genetic merit to determine relative value of feed animals.
•Obtained judgment of infringement and permanent injunction in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, on behalf of Luxco Inc. against competitor's use of Tovaritch for vodka and confirmed Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) cancellation of competitor's registration of Tovaritch.
•Obtained summary judgment of noninfringement in patent infringement case on behalf of Reward Wall Systems Inc. in U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska.
•Obtained reversal in appeal of TTAB's denial of opposition on behalf of Hard Rock Cafe.
•Obtained judgment and permanent injunctions on behalf of Holten Meat Inc. in trademark infringement and unfair competition actions in U.S. District Courts in both Illinois and Texas for competitors' use of 'Thick n Juicy' mark.
•Patent counseling and litigation for Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co., maker of farm implements and road construction equipment.
•Represented Fairbanks Scales Inc. in a patent infringement suit in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, involving load cell and weigh-systems technology.
•Represented Layne Christensen Co. in U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, involving its method for rehabilitating water wells.
6.17.14 The Food Fight Continues: POM Wonderful's Lanham Act Claim Not Barred by Food Labeling Regulations Food & Agribusiness Blog
5.22.14 Spotlight on Licensing: Navigating the Regulatory Environment
Food & Agribusiness Seminar Kansas City, MO
5.06.14 Are We Witnessing the Beginning of the End of the Patent Troll? Food & Agribusiness Blog
4.03.14 Spotlight on Animal Health Trade Secret Protection: Best Practices to Keep Your Information Safe
Food & Agribusiness Seminar Kansas City, MO
3.10.14 Supreme Court Invalidates Patents on DNA Markers, Beneficial to Cattle Producers Food & Agribusiness Blog
2.01.14 Supreme Court Invalidates Patents on DNA Markers, Beneficial to Cattle Producers, The Register Food & Agribusiness Article
10.30.13 Intellectual Property Seminar
Seminar St. Louis, MO
5.01.13 Intellectual Property Licensing and Value Issues in Bankruptcy: Assessing the Risk to Experience the Reward, AIRA Journal Article
10.17.12 Intellectual Property Seminar
Seminar St. Louis, MO
9.01.12 Intellectual Property Licensing and Value Issues in Bankruptcy: Assessing the Risk to Experience the Reward, The Licensing Journal Article
In The News
10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
10.07.11 Husch Blackwell Intellectual Property Attorneys Author Patent Reform Book Analyzing Effects of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
The Battle Against Patent Trolls Continues
Michael R. Annis, July 17, 2014
As we advised in a previous post, there seems to be an all-out war against so-called patent trolls. A patent troll is, in general, a pejorative term associated with entities that do not practice their own patents but nonetheless assert those patents against others. Also known as “patent...
Are We Witnessing the Beginning of the End of the Patent Troll?
Michael R. Annis, May 9, 2014
Over the past several years, there has been a growing cry from the business sector about a menacing plague rising in the form of patent litigation originated by non-practicing entities, more commonly referred to as “patent trolls.” Big business, academicians, practitioners and...
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