Michael Headley is a Principal in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson P.C. His practice emphasizes complex litigation, including patent, trademark, trade secret, and other complex disputes related to intellectual property.
JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
BA, Stanford University
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Memberships & Affiliations
Served as Judicial Extern both to the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen, United States District Court Judge, Northern District of California (2002), and to the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong, United States District Court Judge, Northern District of California (2000). Executive Articles Editor, Hastings Law Journal (2001-2002). Member, San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inn of Court. Director, San Francisco Opera BRAVO! Club (2004-2007).
Teaching experience National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) faculty member U.C. Hastings College of Law (2003-2007), Legal Writing and Moot Court classes
Pro bono experience Special Deputy District Attorney, San Benito County, CA (2003-2006)
Named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the field of intellectual property litigation (2010-2013)
Hardware Power Integrations v. Fairchild Semiconductor – Successfully represented Power Integrations in bringing a patent infringement suit in the District of Delaware. At issue were four Power Integrations patents relating to circuits and high voltage transistor structures asserted against various Fairchild chips used in power conversion applications. The jury found all four patents infringed and awarded Power Integrations $34 million in damages. A second jury confirmed the validity of all asserted claims, and the Court entered an injunction against further infringement.
Power Integrations adv. Intersil and Fairchild – Represented Power Integrations as counsel in both the Eastern District of Texas and the District of Delaware in defense of patent infringement claims, and successfully moved to have the case dismissed. The technology related to high-voltage transistor structures.
Represented leading supplier of LCD controllers in patent infringement action. Obtained summary judgment of infringement and exceptional case attorneys’ fees award for a total judgment over $7.5 million.
Software Honeywell v. Sandel Avionics (Sandel I) – Successfully represented Sandel as trial counsel in securing a jury defense verdict of non-infringement. Other asserted Honeywell patent claims were previously held invalid on summary judgment, and the invalidity findings were affirmed on appeal. The patents-in-suit related to FAA-mandated Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (“TAWS”).
Honeywell v. Sandel Avionics (Sandel II) – Represented Sandel as trial counsel in securing a jury verdict of non-infringement in the District of Delaware. The technology in this case also related to Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems for aircraft but was directed to older Ground Proximity Warning System (“GPWS”) software.
Cadence adv. Bhandari and Vanguard – Successfully represented Cadence in defending against claims for patent infringement in E.D. Tex. and N.D. Cal. Technology at issue related to electronic design automation and verification tools. Secured summary judgment of non-infringement and dismissal of counterclaims.
National Instruments v. SoftWIRE Technology and Measurement Computing Corporation – Asserted National Instruments’ pioneering patents related to graphical programming, embodied in LabVIEW®, against SoftWIRE Technology and Measurement Computing in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. Also defended countersuit on two patents related to virtual instrumentation. Case settled.
Trademark/Copyright Asserted computer hardware client’s trademarks and copyrights against multiple defendants in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Won summary judgment of infringement and obtained judgments against multiple infringers.
Trade Secrets Represented leading fiber optic components company in trade secret litigation in California State Court. Case successfully resolved.