Michael is Division Head for the Intellectual Property Section at Mintz Levin and serves as a member on the firm's Policy Committee. He is an experienced litigator known for his business approach to creating value in patent assets. His success on behalf of clients comes from his ability to identify the value drivers in a portfolio and communicate that value to competitors, investors, purchasers, licensees, counsel, judges, and juries.
With a background in mechanical engineering and nearly 20 years' experience practicing law, he has the combination of technical and legal skills essential to a strategic patent practice. He has achieved courtroom victories and negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of both patent owners and accused infringers in complex negotiations and protracted litigation.
Michael develops strategies for and guides clients through monetization programs for complex technology portfolios. Several recent monetization programs have each returned tens of millions of dollars through litigation, licensing, and sale activities.
Michael also advises clients on patent portfolio assessment and conducts IP due diligence in connection with transactions. He counsels private equity firms and venture capital funds on IP assets and patent value. He also helps patent owners develop and implement strategies for identifying and leveraging untapped assets in their patent portfolios.
He has particularly deep experience litigating Section 337 matters before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and has also achieved significant success in Federal District Courts, including the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware, Northern District of California, District of Massachusetts, and numerous others.
Michael's technology experience includes electromechanical systems, digital cameras, embedded microprocessors, telecommunications and network software, cellular phones, and e-commerce, among others.
Michael rejoined Mintz Levin from Pepper Hamilton LLP in 2012.
•Featured in The World's Leading IP Strategists, Intellectual Asset Management (06.2015)
• Fifty-Two Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2015 Guide, (05.19.2015)
• Mintz Levin Further Expands IP Practice with Addition of a Group of Life Sciences Attorneys, (02.03.2015)
• Mintz Levin Further Expands IP Practice with Eighteen Attorneys, (01.09.2015)
• Eighty-Five Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (10.17.2014)
• Mintz Levin Helps Client Achieve Significant ITC Patent Victory, (09.04.2014)
•Quoted in Toshiba Loses Digital Display IP Fight before ITC, Law360 (09.03.2014)
• Mintz Levin Further Expands IP Practice with Addition of Terri Shieh-Newton in San Francisco, (04.28.2014)
• Seventy-Nine Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (10.21.2013)
•Featured in Q&A with Mike Renaud, Law360 (05.01.2013)
•Featured in Mintz Levin Boosts Patent Practice with Pepper Hamilton Trio, Law360 (07.26.2012)
• Mintz Levin Expands International IP Litigation Practice, (07.25.2012)
•Co-author, Apple v. Samsung Part IV: The Injunction May Not Be Dead, Intellectual Property Alert (10.02.2015)
•Co-author, Ninth Circuit Upholds Judge Robart's RAND Determinations in Microsoft v. Motorola, Intellectual Property & Antitrust Alert (08.14.2015)
•Co-author, FTC Commissioners Weigh in on FRAND Debate, Intellectual Property Alert (07.27.2015)
•Co-author, EU Court Clarifies the Conditions Under Which Assertion of Standard-Essential Patents May Constitute Abuse of Market Dominance, Intellectual Property Alert (07.23.2015)
•Co-author, Writing on Her Own Behalf, Chairwoman Ramirez Takes a Position on FRAND, Intellectual Property Alert (07.17.2015)
•Co-author, ALJ Essex Elaborates an Evidence-Based Framework for Adjudicating the FRAND Defense, Intellectual Property Alert (06.11.2015)
•No One Told John Oliver About the America Invents Act: Last Week Tonight Stuck in 2012, Intellectual Property (05.04.2015)
•Co-author, The Innovation Act of 2015 and Trends in Fee-shifting in Patent Litigation, Intellectual Property Alert (03.13.2015)
•Co-author, IEEE Clarifies RAND Commitment for Standard-Essential Patents, Intellectual Property Advisory (02.13.2015)
•Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell: $1.5 Billion at Stake at the Federal Circuit, Intellectual Property Advisory (01.13.2015)
•Co-author, Patentability of Software Post-Alice: How Do Courts Determine Whether an Idea is Abstract?, Intellectual Property Advisory (01.12.2015)
•Co-author, Patent Hold-Up or Patent Hold-Out? Judge Essex Adds His Voice to the SEP-FRAND Debate, Intellectual Property Alert (07.10.2014)
•Co-author, Computer Implementation Not Enough to Render Abstract Ideas Patent Eligible, Intellectual Property Alert (06.20.2014)
•Co-author, International Trade Commission Takes Steps to Promote Early Adjudication of Dispositive Issues, Intellectual Property Alert (07.03.2013)
•Moderator, All About Patent Quality - How to Invest in Powerful Patents, 2015 IP Dealmakers Forum, New York City (12.07.2015)
•Moderator, Monetization Models, IP Business Congress - The Annual Event for Global IP Leaders, Amsterdam (07.24.2014)
•Speaker, Key Strategies for Maximizing Value in Your Company's Software IP, Best Practices in Intellectual Property 2014, Tel Aviv, Israel (05.28.2014)
•Panelist, Determining the Value of Your Patents: Has It Become Science?, Best Practices in Intellectual Property 2014, Tel Aviv, Israel (05.27.2014)
Recognitions & Awards
•Chambers USA: Massachusetts - Intellectual Property (2015)
•Selected for the 2015 edition of IAM Strategy 300 - The World's Leading IP Strategists
•Identified in the IAM Patent 1000 2014, a listing of the “World's Leading Patent Practitioners, ” as a “go-to attorney for technology patent litigation
•Massachusetts Super Lawyers - Intellectual Property Litigation (2007, 2011 - 2014)