Patent litigator Michael Lyons leads the Silicon Valley litigation practice and brings more than 20 years of experience to his intellectual property (IP) rights practice. In 2014, he obtained a substantial verdict in California for the Alfred E. Mann Foundation in a patent infringement action against Cochlear that resulted in an approximate $131.2 million damages award. Michael’s patent, copyright, trade secret, and other technology-focused litigation involves tools that range from video streaming and consumer electronics’ circuit architecture to medical devices.
Michael’s experience includes litigating cases that involve semiconductor processing, software, and optoelectronic transceivers. Suits related to ink jet and laser printers, hard disk drives, hardware for graphics image production, and circuit architecture of chips also have come across his desk.
In Virginia, Michael obtained a notable jury verdict for ActiveVideo Networks in a suit that involved video-on-demand technology. The case resulted in a total recovery, including post-trial rulings, in excess of $250 million. He also represented a leading light-emitting diode manufacturer in connection with an US International Trade Commission investigation of patent infringement. The commission found infringement and issued an exclusion order that barred importation of all of the accused products.
In addition to litigation, Michael provides strategic IP counseling. He drafts and negotiates IP licenses and other agreements and analyzes IP portfolios to advise clients on the best way to manage and use their IP rights. He also represents clients in post-grant challenges to patent validity in the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Michael frequently lectures on IP topics and has served as a guest speaker IP enforcement at Boalt Hall School of Law.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1992, J.D.
Pennsylvania State University, 1989, B.S.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association