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Powell, Michael D.

Michael D. Powell

Direct Tel: +1 415-875-6476
San Francisco
Tel: +1 415 875 6600 Fax: +1 415 875 6700

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 was elevated to partner in January 2012 and his practice focuses on patent infringement and related high-technology and complex commercial litigation.  Mike has considerable experience as lead and co-lead counsel in both state and federal courts as well as in AAA and ICDR arbitrations.  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 lithium-ion batteries, live and video-on-demand streaming, nanotechnologies, bioinformatics, health analytics, thermal deformation, chemical vapor and atomic layer deposition, semiconductor fabrication and design, light emitting diodes, 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, mobile telephone operating systems and applications, and other Internet- and computer-related technologies.

  • Alacritech
  • ASM International
  • Bloom Energy
  • Broadcom Corporation
  • Business Objects
  • Cisco Systems
  • Corcept Therapeutics Incoporated
  • Elec-Tech International
  • Fry’s Electronics
  • Google, Inc.
  • Home Shopping Network
  • Hynix Semiconductor
  • International Business Machines
  • Intuit
  • Jawbone
  • Johnson Controls
  • Kraft Foods
  • MediaTek
  • Netsuite
  • Truven Health Analytics
  • Shell Oil
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Unilever
  • Voxer, Inc.
  • Lead counsel for Ningde Amperex Technology Limited (“ATL”) in patent infringement action in the Easter District of Texas against Zhuhai CosMX Battery Co., Ltd. (“CosMX”), resulting in a jury verdict awarding ATL more than $3.7 million in running royalty damages and rejecting CosMX’s counterclaims for antitrust and unfair competition.
  • Lead counsel for Voxer, Inc. in patent infringement action in the Western District of Texas against Meta Platforms, Inc. and Instagram, LLC resulting in a jury verdict finding both asserted patents valid and all six asserted claims infringed, and awarding Voxer $174.5 million in damages and an ongoing royalty until the patents expire in 2028.
  • Lead counsel for Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated in a trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract action against a former independent contractor in the California Superior Court, County of Ventura, resulting in entry of a court judgment including injunctive relief compelling the return of confidential information and awarding Corcept attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Lead counsel for ASM America, Inc. in a breach of contract action in both State and Federal Court in Arizona concerning misuse by two former ASM employees of confidential and proprietary information relating to designs for chemical vapor deposition reactors used in semiconductor fabrication.
  • Lead counsel for ASM International in international arbitration breach of patent license dispute with Kokusai Electric resulting in a post-award settlement payment to ASM of $61 million.
  • Lead counsel for ASM International in cross-border patent enforcement proceedings against Kokusai Electric resulting in $115 million settlement to ASM.
  • Lead counsel for IBM in patent infringement action concerning chip cooling technology.
  • Lead counsel for Truven Health Analytics (an IBM Watson Health company) in obtaining summary judgment in an action for patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation brought by Cave Consulting Group.
  • Represented Google at trial in the Eastern District of Texas obtaining a verdict of no infringement in a an action concerning push notifications brought by SimpleAir, Inc.
  • Represented Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited in a patent infringement action in the Eastern District of Texas filed by Alidouble, Inc. concerning semicondcutor fabrication technologies used in backside image sensors.
  • Represented Google in a patent infringement action concerning distributed hypermedia applications brought by Eolas Technologies, Inc.
  • Represented IBM in a patent infringement action concerning power management in blade server and mainframe computer systems.
  • Represented STMicroelectronics in several patent infringement action in the ITC, Northern District of California, and Eastern District of Texas against its competitor InvenSense, Inc. concerning microelectromechnical systems.
  • Represented Broadcom, Mediatek, STMicroelectronics and others in an ITC patent infringement investigation and hearing concerning memory controllers brought by Rambus, Inc.
  • Represented IBM at trial in the Eastern District of Texas in a patent infringement action concerning blade server computer systems brought by ACQIS Technology, Inc..
  • Represented Google in a trademark infringement and unfair competition action concerning Google’s AdWords and resolved in Google’s favor on summary judgment.
  • 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 MediaTek, Inc. in defending against a third-party indemnity claim arising out of underlying patent infringement case involving digital television chip technology.
  • 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)
  • The State Bar of California
  • United States District Court:
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Eastern District of Texas
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP:
    • Associate, 2004-2006
  • Thoits Love Hershberger & McLean:
    • Associate, 1999-2004
  • Pitchware, Inc.:
    • Founder and President, 1999-2001
    • Co-Founder, Chairman & CFO, 2000-2001
  • Law Clerk and Judicial Extern to the Hon. Arthur S. Weissbrodt:
    • United States Bankruptcy Court, 1995-1996
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,043,454, entitled “Method and apparatus for a cryptographically assisted commercial network system designed to facilitate idea submission, purchase and licensing and innovation transfer”
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,672,904, entitled “System and method to facilitate and support electronic communication of ideas”
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,734,552, entitled “Facilitation electronic exchange of proprietary information”
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,364,599, entitled “System and method to facilitate and support electronic communication of ideas”
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,412,637, entitled “System and method to facilitate and support electronic communication of requests for proposal”