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Michael McKeon is a Principal in the Washington, DC, office of Fish & Richardson and a member of the firm’s Management Committee and the firm’s award-winning intellectual property litigation group.

Mr. McKeon is a highly respected trial and litigation attorney with numerous awards and honors including being selected in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation – Patent (2008-2016), Washington, DC Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property Litigation (2011-2016), and "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property ​(2014-2016), and being recognized in IAM Patent Litigation 250/1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Litigators (2010-16).  He was also Recognized in Who’s Who Legal Patents Lawyers (2016). He was also one of 20 lawyers in Washington, D.C. to be selected as "Visionary" in National Law Journal’s Legal Times for his outstanding business foresight and legal acumen (2012). He was one of one hundred lawyers identified for Super Lawyers’ Top 100 in the Washington, D.C. legal market (2016). He was also one of 50 lawyers in the U.S. selected by the National Law Journal as an "Intellectual Property Trailblazer & Pioneer" for his work in intellectual property (2014).  Mr. McKeon was also featured in The American Lawyer representing Fish & Richardson as a finalist for IP Litigation Department of the Year (2015, 2014, 2010) and featured in the National Law Journal’s 2014 and 2015 Appellate Hot List for his representation at the Federal Circuit.  In addition, Mr. McKeon is featured in Chambers USA for both Intellectual Property and ITC Section 337 cases.

Mr. McKeon’s national trial practice focuses on high technology litigation and he has extensive experience in electrical technologies including telecommunications, semiconductors, and a wide variety of consumer electronics. He is experienced in matters before Federal District Courts, the United States International Trade Commission, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. McKeon has successfully tried numerous jury and bench trials in courts throughout the country.

After graduation from engineering school in 1990, Mr. McKeon started his intellectual property career as a Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and continued to work full-time while attending law school in the evenings at the George Washington University Law School. Mr. McKeon was a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable William C. Bryson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. McKeon has been with Fish & Richardson since completing his clerkship where he has been instrumental in the firm’s growth from 120 lawyers in a few offices to over 400 in eleven offices nationwide.

Mr. McKeon is an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School where he is teaching the first law school class in the country dedicated to Section 337 cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission (co-teaching with Judge Theodore R. Essex).  Mr. McKeon also serves as Chair of the Intellectual Property Advisory Board at the George Washington University Law School. In 2014, Mr. McKeon was inducted into the University of Connecticut’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers.


J.D., George Washington University Law School 1996
with highest honors (top 1%), Order of the Coif

B.S., University of Connecticut 1990
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering
magna cum laude


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia


United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable William C. Bryson, 1996 - 1997

Other Distinctions

Selected publications and presentations

Mr. McKeon is a frequent lecturer on district court and ITC litigation and trial practice. Mr. McKeon’s lectures, publications, and appearances include:

"Keeping Up With the ITC," interview with The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (October 2014)

"The Assault on the Patent System – A Record Year of Case Developments and Trends" (June 24, 2014 – Seoul, Korea)

"The Global Dialogue – Innovation and Capital," Federal Circuit Bench & Bar and US Chamber of Commerce (May 23, 2014 – Washington, DC)

"The Federal Circuit Year in Review – New Law and New Trends You Need to Know" (July 3, 2013 – Seoul, Korea)

"Thriving in Markman Hearings" (23rd Annual All Hands Meeting – Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel) (December 7, 2011)

"Alternatives to District Court Litigation – Section 337 Proceedings in the ITC," 2010 IPO Annual Meeting (September 14, 2010 – Atlanta)

"Inside the Mind of an Infringer – the Scope of Liability for Induced Infringement" (July 22, 2010 – Seoul, Korea)

"Master Class: Enforcement of ITC Exclusion Orders," American Conference Institute, ITC Litigation and Enforcement (February 24-26, 2010 – New York)

"ITC Update: Remedies, Enforcement & Other Developments," 14th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute," The University of Texas School of Law (October 30, 2009 – Austin).

"Kyocera Decision and its Implications for Future Section 337 Practice," ITC Trial Lawyers Association (May 6, 2009 – Washington, D.C.).

"E-Discovery: What You Need to Know To Avoid Sanctions, Protect Your Information and Minimize Costs" (June, 2008 – Seoul, Korea ).

"Current Issues Surrounding Patent Eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101 – Government, Academic and Private Sector Perspective," The Federal Circuit Bar Association (May 22, 2008 – Washington, D.C.).

"Strategies for Enforcing and Defending Intellectual Property Rights," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (November, 2007 – Las Vegas, Nevada).

"The Current State of Re-Exams at the USPTO," The Federal Circuit Bar Association (September 13, 2007 – Washington, D.C.).

"Veni, Vidi, Vici: Conquering Your Adversaries in the United States Patent Litigation Battle" (December 12, 2006 – Seoul, Korea).

"Advantages of a Section 337 Investigation at the US International Trade Commission," IP Litigator, Vol. 12, No. 3 (May/June 2006) (co-author).

"Patent Reform & Legislative Changes on the Horizon" (November, 2005 – Seoul, Korea).

"The Eastern District of Texas: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of the New Patent Litigation Frontier" (November 2, 2005 – Seoul, Korea).

"The Patent Marking and Notice Statute: A Question of ‘Fact’ or ‘Act’?" Harv. J. of Law & Tech., 9, 421 (Summer 1996) (Finnegan Award).

"Lotus v. Borland: Copyright Protection of Computer Software in a State of Transition," Copyright World, 53, 16 (September 1995).

Additional information

Mr. McKeon was born and raised in Niantic, Connecticut. He now lives with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. McKeon is a running enthusiast (including completing many marathons).


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