Michael F. Carr represents clients in patent, copyright, trade dress, and trade secret misappropriation actions. With a focus on patent litigation, he also partners with clients in antitrust and complex commercial cases. Michael also assists clients with intellectual property (IP) issues related to transactions including licensing, mergers, acquisitions, creation of joint ventures, and other transactions relating to transfers of IP.
When it comes to preventative practice, Michael counsels clients on prelitigation strategy, dispute resolution, and IP licensing issues. He has worked with clients in the medical device, smartphone, optoelectronic transceiver, semiconductor manufacturing, satellite communications, and image sensor technology industries.
Michael has helped secure favorable results for defendants in several patent infringement cases, in one case obtaining an order enforcing a settlement agreement reached after extensive litigation in US federal and state courts and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He assists clients in all phases of litigation, from prelitigation dispute resolution, prefiling investigations, discovery, trial, and appeal.
Michael previously served as a law clerk for Judge J.P. Stadtmueller of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Represented the Alfred E. Mann Foundation in a patent infringement action in California against Cochlear, obtaining a $268 million judgment in 2018. This judgement reinstated a $134 million jury verdict from 2014 and then doubled the damages for willful infringement, ranking it among the largest patent damages awards in 2018.
Represented ActiveVideo Networks in a patent infringement case in Virginia involving video-on-demand technology with a total recovery for ActiveVideo, including post-trial rulings, in excess of $250 million.
Represented a supplier of optical communication components in multiple patent infringement cases involving optoelectronic transceivers.
Represented a multinational developer of digital imaging solutions in a patent infringement case involving image sensor technology.
Santa Clara University, 1996, B.A.
University of Wisconsin Law School, 2005, J.D., Cum Laude
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Clerkship to Judge Joseph Stadtmueller of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (2006 - 2008)
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)