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Background

Michael T. Hawkins is a Principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson. His practice emphasizes post-grant proceedings, pre-suit investigations, US and foreign patent portfolio strategy and management, patentability analysis, clearance investigations, intellectual property licensing and agreements, and due diligence investigations. Mr. Hawkins is a specialist in inter partes reviews/post-grant proceedings, representing both patent owners and third party challengers in numerous proceedings, including serving as lead counsel for Google, ResMed, Huawei, Samsung, Microsoft, and Arctic Cat in various post-grant proceedings. He develops strategic, cost-effective solutions for this clients to achieve their business goals and/or litigation objectives/settlements. Not only does Mr. Hawkins represent a number of Fortune 100 companies, but his work also focuses on strategic counseling for emerging companies to develop a comprehensive approach to intellectual property, such as conducting freedom-to-operate studies, obtaining patent protection in the United States and abroad, and planning defensive and offensive strategies. In addition to his victories in post-grant proceedings, Mr. Hawkins was recognized as an “Up & Coming” lawyer by Minnesota Lawyer and as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (Minnesota 2016).

Education

University of Minnesota Law School 2004
J.D.
Managing Editor, Minnesota Law Review
magna cum laude


University of Minnesota 2000
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
with high distinction

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2015
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2005
  • Minnesota 2004

Other Distinctions

Selected Publications and Mentions

Quoted in Law360, “PTAB Rulings Show Potential New Way To Defeat AIA Reviews” (April 9, 2019).

“What the PTAB Precedent Panel Said in Its First Decision,” Law360 (April 2, 2019).

Quoted in Law360, “Checking In On SAS Institute 6 Months Later” (November 30, 2018).

Quoted in Law360, “6 Weeks After SAS Institute: Here’s What We Know” (June 8, 2018).

Named in Law360, “PTAB Agrees to Review Part of Polaris ATV Patent” (July 5, 2017).

Named in Law360, “PTAB Invalidates Claims In Polaris ATV Patent” (January 31, 2017).

Named in Law360, “Law360‘s Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs” (December 1, 2016).

Named in Law360, “Fed. Circ. Backs Google, Samsung PTAB Win On Graphics IP” (November 29, 2016).

Named in Law360, “Apple, Google, Samsung Get Mapping Patent Win At PTAB” (September 21, 2016).

Named in Law360, “Arctic Cat Wins Ax of Rival’s ATV Patent Claims at PTAB” (February 4, 2016).

Named in Law360, “Google, Samsung Get Graphics Patents Axed in AIA Review” (June 17, 2015). 

Quoted in Daily Journal, “Apple, Samsung, Lead Charge to Kill Infringement Lawsuits by Going to Patent Office” (June 4, 2015).

Named in Law360, “Google, Samsung Get Another Micrografx Patent Axed” (July 22, 2015).

Named in Law360, “PTAB Nixes Warsaw Spine Implant Patent in AIA Review” (December 22, 2014).

“Implementing Strategies for an Offensive Patent Portfolio,” Journal of Industrial Biotechnology, Vol. 6, No. 3 (2010) pp. 141-43.

“Prosecution Laches in the Wake of Symbol Technologies: What is ‘Unreasonable and Unexplained’ Delay?” 87 Minn. L. Rev. 1621 (2003).

Awards

Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (Minnesota, 2016-2017).

Recognized as “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Minnesota Lawyer (2013).

Presentations 

“How Do Supreme Court Decisions Really Affect Patent Applicants? A Statistical Analysis” Speaker, Patents on Tap (November 29, 2018)

“Overview of IPRs and Post-grant Proceedings” Speaker (October 12, 2018)

“The Upcoming Supreme Court Decision in Helsinn v. Teva: Can Secret Sales Invalidate a Patent?” Speaker, Patents on Tap (September 13, 2018)

Berkheimer v. HP: A Favorable Shift for Software and Medical Methodology Patents?” Speaker, Fish Webinar (July 19, 2018)

“Berkheimer v. HP: A Favorable Shift for Software and Medical Methodology Patents?” Speaker, Patents on Tap (June 21, 2018)

“”Overview of IPRs and Post-grant Proceedings” Speaker (April 9, 2018)

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February 17, 2017
Fish & Richardson Named #1 PTAB Law Firm in the U.S. for 2016 by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
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USPTO Finalizes New Rules for Post-Grant Proceedings
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November 5th, 2019 | 8:00 am EST
IAM Patent Litigation 2019
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Patents on Tap | The Upcoming Supreme Court Decision in Helsinn v. Teva: Can Secret Sales Invalidate a Patent?
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July 19th, 2018 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar | Berkheimer v. HP: A Favorable Shift for Software and Medical Methodology Patents?
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Patents on Tap | Do IPR Proceedings Violate the Constitution?
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Patents on Tap | Legal Implications and Key Lessons from Building Two Med-Tech Start-Ups
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