Michael D. Powell


Silicon Valley Office
Tel: +1 650-801-5000
Fax: +1 650-801-5100


Practice Areas
Intellectual Property Litigation
International Trade Commission Proceedings
Life Sciences Litigation


University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
(J.D., 1999)

Stanford University Graduate School of Business
(M.B.A., 1998)

University of California, Santa Barbara
(B.A., Chemistry & English, 1994)

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Before joining the firm in 2006, Mike was an intellectual property litigator in the Silicon Valley offices of Weil Gotshal & Manges and Thoits Love Hershberger & McLean.  Mike’s practice focuses on patent infringement and related high-technology and complex commercial litigation.  Mike has considerable experience in both state and federal courts.  He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of legal disciplines including patent infringement, trade secret and idea misappropriation, copyright infringement, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, and breach of license and other contract actions.  Mike has litigated cases involving bioinformatics, semiconductors, flash memory devices, computer networks and high-speed data communications systems, circuit-simulation software, digital-music-player software and hardware, data storage systems and software, micro-electromechanical systems, blade server and mainframe computer systems, and other Internet- and computer-related technologies.

Representative Clients

Broadcom Corporation
Business Objects (now SAP)
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Hynix Semiconductor, Inc.
Fry’s Electronics
Google, Inc.
International Business Machines Corporation
Kraft Foods

Notable Representations


Representing IBM in a patent infringement suit concerning power management in blade server and mainframe computer systems.


Represented STMicroelectronics in several patent infringement actions in the ITC, Northern District of California, and Eastern District of Texas concerning microelectromechnical systems.


Represented Broadcom, Mediatek, STMicroelectronics and others in an ITC patent infringement investigation concerning memory controllers.


Represented IBM in a patent infringement suit concerning blade server computer systems.


Represented Google in a trademark infringement and unfair competition action concerning Google’s AdWords.


Represented IBM in a patent infringement indemnity suit concerning automated telephony systems.


Represented Business Objects Americas and IBM in a patent infringement suit concerning database reporting software.


Represented Cisco Systems, Inc. in a patent infringement suit involving customer support systems software.


Represented Kraft Foods in a patent infringement suit concerning plastic coffee cans.


Represented Fry’s Electronics, Inc. in connection with a complex discovery dispute.


Represented MediaTek, Inc. in defending against a third-party indemnity claim arising out of underlying patent infringement case involving digital television chip technology.


Advised Unilever concerning California state law claims arising out of a joint development agreement for the development of personal care products.