Michael A. Amon is the Co-Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Southern California office. His practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation, including patent infringement, and business litigation. Mr. Amon previously clerked for the Hon. James F. Stiven (2002-2003) and the Hon. Rudi M. Brewster (2003-2004) at the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
Warsaw Orthopedic v. NuVasive, Inc. – Represented NuVasive, Inc. in a series of patent infringement lawsuits filed by Warsaw and its Medtronic affiliate related to spinal access systems, spinal implants, fixation, and biologics. Mr. Amon was part of the team that successfully petitioned the Federal Circuit to vacate the $101 million damages verdict Warsaw obtained at trial. In addition, Mr. Amon was involved in a series of inter partes review petitions that succeeded in invalidating several of Warsaw’s asserted patents.
NuVasive, Inc. v. Globus Medical, Inc. – Represented NuVasive, Inc. against Globus regarding Globus’s infringement of NuVasive patents related to medical devices and methods for spine surgery. Mr. Amon argued claim construction and summary judgment, and was instrumental in positioning NuVasive to negotiate a favorable settlement with Globus.
St. Jude Medical, et al. v. Volcano Corp. – Defended Volcano Corp. in patent litigation and jury trial related to pressure sensing guide wires used to diagnose heart problems. At trial, jury found two St. Jude patents invalid, two not infringed; a fifth patent was declared not infringed by the court on the eve of trial.
Nicholas Colucci v. Callaway Golf Co. — No. 08-CV-288 (E.D. TX.) Successfully defended Callaway Golf at trial against claims of patent and trade dress infringement as to certain golf club products manufactured and sold by Callaway Golf. Tried to a jury in March 2010. The jury found for Callaway Golf on no literal infringement of plaintiff’s asserted patent, and no infringement of plaintiff’s alleged trade dress rights. Post trial motions pending.
Baxter Healthcare Corp and DEKA Prods. Ltd. Partnership v. Fresenius USA, Inc. et al. — (07-1359 (N.D. Cal.) Successfully represented Fresenius at trial against claims of patent infringement related to peritoneal dialysis automated cyclers manufactured and used by Fresenius in the United States. The case was tried to a jury in July 2010. The jury returned a verdict of no infringement in Fresenius’s favor.
Callaway Golf Co. v. Acushnet Co. – No. 06-91 (D. Del.) – Represented Callaway Golf in two-week trial asserting that Acushnet’s popular Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls infringe four Callaway Golf patents on golf ball construction. Tried to jury verdict in December 2007. Acushnet conceded infringement; jury found for Callaway Golf on validity of all four patents. Published at 523 F. Supp 2d 388 (D. Del. 2007).
Data Encryption Corporation v. Microsoft Corp. – No. CV 05-05531 (C.D. Cal.). Part of the team that defended Microsoft against patent infringement allegations related to data encryption technology. Obtained favorable ruling of non-infringement on summary judgment.
AVID Identification Sys., Inc. v. Philips Semiconductors Inc. – No. 2:04-cv-183 (E.D. Tex.). Part of the trial team that represented AVID in two-week trial asserting patent infringement (3 patents) and Lanham Act claims relating to RFID transponders and readers. Obtained favorable mid-trial settlement from two defendants and a complete jury victory against the other two defendants, including a finding of willful infringement and a damages award of over $6 million.
Stonebreaker v. Medical Management Int’l, Inc. – No. GIC 830293 (Cal. Sup. Ct.). Part of the trial team that represented Stonebreaker and AVID in trial asserting unfair competition under California Code Section 17200 and the Lanham Act. Obtained very favorable mid-trial settlement that included recovery of damages and a stipulated permanent injunction against the defendant.