Michael Headley is a trial lawyer specializing in complex disputes related to intellectual property across a broad range of technologies. A Stanford alum with start-up experience and more than a dozen jury and bench trials to date, he has tried cases and counseled clients through disputes involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, unfair competition, and other technology-related issues in courts from Delaware to San Francisco to China. In 2014, Mr. Headley obtained a $105 million verdict for Power Integrations against Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the largest jury verdicts of the year.
When he is not in court, Mr. Headley works with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), where he is a faculty member, and he is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Intellectual Property issues at Law360. Mr. Headley also serves as Fish & Richardson’s firm-wide hiring principal, based in Fish’s Silicon Valley office.
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). Treasurer, San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inn of Court. Director, San Francisco Opera BRAVO! Club (2004-2007).
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) faculty member
U.C. Hastings College of Law (2003-2007)
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 (2010-2015)
Power Integrations v. Fairchild Semiconductor – Successfully represented Power Integrations in bringing patent infringement suits in the District of Delaware and the Northern District of California. Asserted Power Integrations patents relating to circuits and high voltage transistor structures against various Fairchild chips used in power conversion applications. Juries returned verdicts awarding Power Integrations $34 million and $105 million in damages, respectively.
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.
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 the Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of California. The 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®, in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. Also defended countersuit on two patents related to virtual instrumentation. Case settled.
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.
Asserted 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.
Represented leading fiber optic components company in trade secret litigation in California State Court. Case successfully resolved.