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Background

Michael T. Zoppo is a Principal in Fish & Richardson’s New York office. A registered patent lawyer, his practice focuses on the trial and appeal of patent cases, as well as related counseling in the areas of financial services, electrical/computer engineering, materials science, automotive technologies, and semiconductors. In addition to patent cases, he litigates trade secret, Lanham Act, breach of contract, defamation, and fraud cases.  Before Michael focused his practice on litigation and counseling, he spent several years prosecuting patent applications in technical disciplines such as power systems, chemistry, aircraft propulsion, and semiconductors.

Michael has served as lead counsel in cases with millions of dollars at stake.  For example, he represented an accused infringer facing over a billion dollars in alleged damages. In that case, Michael led pre-trial proceedings that forced the patentee to consent to adverse judgment moments before opening statements. The favorable judgment was affirmed by the Federal Circuit, and the District Court awarded attorneys’ fees to Michael’s client.  This win was profiled by the National Law Journal in its selection of Fish & Richardson to its 2015 Intellectual Property Hot List.   In a case where his client faced both patent and non-patent claims leading to a damages model well into the nine figures, Michael obtained complete summary judgment of non-infringement leading to an extremely favorable settlement of all claims against his client. As lead counsel, Michael’s courtroom experience includes trial work, arguing motions, and numerous Markman hearings.

In addition to representing such entities in litigation, Michael has counseled national exchanges, insurance companies, and banks concerning their intellectual property portfolios. He has been brought in to oversee the prosecution of key patent applications as well as to guide portfolio development and monetization.

Before entering the legal field, Michael founded a startup that offered web-based auction services.​

Education

J.D., Rutgers School of Law - Newark 2004
​Managing Editor, ​Rutgers Law Review


B.E., Stevens Institute of Technology 2001
Materials Engineering

with honors (First in major)


B.A., Stevens Institute of Technology 2001
Philosophy
with honors

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Other Distinctions

Other Distinctions

Interviewee, “Fish & Richardson Scores Patent Victory with Motions in Limine,” IPWatchdog, April 8, 2013.

Quoted in, "How They Won It: Fish Torpedoes $400M Patent Suit," April 24, 2013.

Interviewee, "Protecting IP Innovation in the Financial Services Sector," March 2015, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Vol. 23 No. 3.

Quoted in, “IP Boutiques Adjust to Client Use of Patent Office Reviews,” New York Law Journal, October 5, 2015

Quoted in, “7 Ways To Survive an Alice Patent Challenge,” IP Law360, December 15, 2015.

Quoted in, “Wall Street is Trying to Beat Silicon Valley at Its Own Game,” Bloomberg Businessweek, February 11, 2016.

Selected publications
"Technological innovation in financial services," Fish Litigation Blog (March 10, 2014).

"eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C.: New Standard for Permanent Injunctions in Patent Cases," with C. Sandhu, Bright Ideas, 15, 2 (Fall 2006).

Awards
Selected by his peers as a Super Lawyers New York Rising Star from 2013-2016 for IP litigation, a recognition that less than three percent of the attorneys in New York receive.

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