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Background

Michael Rueckheim is a Principal in Fish & Richardson’s Houston office. Mr. Rueckheim has extensive experience in complex patent and trade secret litigation in a variety of technical fields, including consumer electronics, computer hardware and software, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and manufacturing equipment. Mr. Rueckheim has represented leading companies in high-stakes cases involving products such as smartphones and music players, tablet computers, microprocessors, high-definition televisions, film-extrusion dies, blood glucose meters, catheters, centrifuges, and topical anti-cancer creams.

Mr. Rueckheim has participated in all stages of litigation from pre-suit investigation to jury verdict and from post-trial matters through appeal in the Federal Circuit. In connection with these litigations, among other things, Mr. Rueckheim has deposed and defended fact and expert witnesses, argued claim construction (Markman) positions to the court, and has advised clients on filing patent reexamination requests and conducting discovery abroad. Mr. Rueckheim has represented clients in a variety of federal courts, including in the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern Districts of California and Illinois, and the Districts of Delaware and New Jersey.

In addition to patent litigation, Mr. Rueckheim has participated in a variety of pro bono matters, including successfully representing clients at hearings in federal immigration courts and local family courts.

During law school, Mr. Rueckheim was an intern for the Honorable Judge Rodney W. Sippel in the Eastern District of Missouri. Mr. Rueckheim also interned at a large law firm, focusing primarily on patent drafting and prosecution.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Rueckheim obtained nearly ten years of experience trouble-shooting high-tech instrumentation, including semiconductor manufacturing experience, focusing on plasma-etchers, at Motorola Inc., and analytical chemistry experience, focusing on gas chromatography-mass spectrometers (GC-MS), as a chemist in oil & gas and environmental laboratories.

Education

J.D., Washington University School of Law 2008
magna cum laude


B.S., University of Texas 2000
Biochemistry

Admissions

  • New York 2009
  • Texas 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas 2012

Clerkships

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, The Honorable Rodney W. Sippel, 2007 - 0

Memberships & Affiliations

​American Bar Association
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
Washington University Law Review​

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