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Background

Michael Headley, the Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley office, 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, copyrights, unfair competition, and other technology-related issues in courts from Delaware to San Francisco to China.  In 2015, Mr. Headley obtained a $139 million verdict for Power Integrations against Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the largest jury verdicts of the year.  In 2016, the California Daily Journal named Mr. Headley one of the “Top IP Lawyers in California”.

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 previously served as Fish & Richardson’s firm-wide hiring principal.​

Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law 2002


B.A., Stanford University 1998

Admissions

  • California 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Memberships & Affiliations

Vice President, San Francisco Bay Area IP Inn of Court. 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). Director, San Francisco Opera BRAVO! Club (2004-2007).​

Other Distinctions

Publications
Author, “AB 1688: Patients can try drugs still in clinical trials,” Daily Journal, January 2017

Accolades
Named to The Daily Journal’s list of California’s Top IP Attorneys in 2016

Named to Law360′s Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board (2015-2016)

Named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the field of intellectual property litigation (2010-2015)

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)

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Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
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17th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute
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September 28, 2016
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March 2, 2016
Fish & Richardson Win for Power Integrations Named a “Top Verdict” in 2015 by The Daily Journal
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December 28, 2015
Fish & Richardson Wins Nearly $140 Million Damages Jury Verdict for Power Integrations
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July 9th, 2014
Silicon Valley Seminar Series: A Trio of Supreme Court Decisions on Patent Issues
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November 2nd, 2011
2011 PLUS International Conference
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June 29th, 2011 | 1:00 pm EDT
Supreme Court Patent Rulings, and Other Critical Cases
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December 12th, 2013
14th Annual Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute
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July 14, 2014
Fish Win for Power Integrations Named a “Top IP Verdict of 2014” by Law360
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November 19, 2007
Appeals Court Upholds ITC Decision in Favor of Power Integrations
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