Michael T. Zeller

 

Los Angeles Office
Tel: +1 213-443-3000
Fax: +1 213-443-3100
michaelzeller@quinnemanuel.com

Practice Areas
Domestic U.S. Arbitration
Intellectual Property Litigation
International Arbitration
Media and Entertainment Litigation
Sports Litigation

Education


University of Iowa School of Law
 
(J.D., with high honors, 1989)
     Iowa Law Review:
         
Editor in Chief
     Order of the Coif
     Van Oosterhout Honors Moot Court

University of Iowa
(B.A., with honors, 1986)






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Biography


Mike is a partner specializing in intellectual property litigation, with 20 years of experience in a broad array of Lanham Act, patent, copyright and trade secret disputes. 

He has been frequently named as one of California's top intellectual property litigators, including in surveys published by Los Angeles Magazine and California Lawyer Magazine.  He has been named as one of Southern California's Top Lawyers every year since 2007 as well.

In 2009, Mike received the prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award for "extraordinary achievements" in intellectual property litigation.  Mike was featured in the January 2010 issue of The American Lawyer, which named Quinn Emanuel as the "Top Intellectual Property Firm in the U.S.," and in the January 2010 issue of IP Law & Business magazine.

Mike is admitted to the State Bars of California, Illinois and New York and regularly practices in the federal courts in those jurisdictions as well as the TTAB.  He also routinely litigates cross-border intellectual property and technology disputes.

 






Notable Representations


Representing Samsung in patent and trade dress matters involving smartphone and tablet computer technology.  Results to date include winning a complete, and now final, decision of non-infringement in Samsung’s favor on Apple’s design patent claims in the International Trade Commission. Results to date also include ultimately defeating Apple’s repeated requests for injunctions against Samsung product sales in litigation in the Northern District of California. Reported decisions include 678 F.3d 1314 (Fed. Cir. 2012), 695 F.3d 1370 (Fed. Cir. 2012) and 735 F3d. 1352 (Fed. Cir. 2013).

Counsel for Google in intellectual property matters.  These include Perfect 10 v. Google, a copyright, trademark and right of publicity suit in which plaintiff alleged that Google's Image Search, Web Search and Blogger products infringed tens of thousands of images.  Reported decisions for Google include 653 F.3d 976 (9th Cir. 2011) and 551 F.3d 572 (7th Cir. 2008).

Represented eBay against claims for trademark infringement involving web site search.  Won summary judgment in the District Court, and then a Ninth Circuit affirmance.  Appellate decision reported at 511 F.3d 966 (9th Cir. 2007).

Represented owner of patent in prepaid wireless technology against telecommunications providers.  Won $128 million judgment, along with additional award of $35 million in interest and royalties and permanent injunction.  Reported decisions include:  Freedom Wireless v. Boston Communications Group, 390 F. Supp. 2d 63 (D. Mass. 2005); 369 F. Supp. 2d 159 (D. Mass. 2005); 369 F. Supp. 2d 155 (D. Mass. 2005); 220 F. Supp. 2d 16 (D. Mass. 2002).

Obtained $80 million verdict for Avery Dennison in the Northern District of Ohio against Taiwanese adhesive manufacturer for trade secret misappropriation.  Verdict upheld by Sixth Circuit.

Successfully defended Borland against Lanham Act and related claims in connection with computer programming software.

Successfully defended Napster against assignment-in-gross challenges to validity of Napster's federal registrations for, and its ownership rights to, the NAPSTER marks that had been acquired in Chapter 11 proceedings.

Representing Activision against right of publicity and related claims over videogame content.

Counsel for Mattel in numerous intellectual property matters.  Decisions include 354 F.3d 857 (9th Cir. 2003).

Successfully represented IBM in multiple copyright infringement and Lanham Act actions, including suits involving database tools, communications controllers and memory cards.

Obtained dismissal with prejudice of claims against AOL Time Warner alleging contributory and vicarious copyright infringement based upon "Gnutella" information sharing software.

Has represented numerous studios and networks in intellectual property disputes, including Disney, Sony and Twentieth Century Fox.