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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

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


B.S., University of Minnesota 2000
Mechanical Engineering
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, “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 

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)

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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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April 1, 2016
USPTO Finalizes New Rules for Post-Grant Proceedings
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September 13th, 2018 | 4:00 pm CDT
Patents on Tap | The Upcoming Supreme Court Decision in Helsinn v. Teva: Can Secret Sales Invalidate a Patent?
Patents on Tap | The Upcoming Supreme Court Decision in <i>Helsinn v. Teva</i>: 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?
Webinar | <em>Berkheimer v. HP</em>: A Favorable Shift for Software and Medical Methodology Patents?
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June 21st, 2018
Patents on Tap | Berkheimer v. HP: A Favorable Shift for Software Patents and Medical Methodology Patents?
Patents on Tap | <i>Berkheimer v. HP</i>: A Favorable Shift for Software Patents and Medical Methodology Patents?
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March 15th, 2018 | 4:00 pm EDT
Patents on Tap | Do IPR Proceedings Violate the Constitution?
Patents on Tap | Do IPR Proceedings Violate the Constitution?
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January 19, 2018
Fish & Richardson Named #1 PTAB Law Firm in the U.S. for 2017 by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
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December 14th, 2017 | 4:00 pm CST
Patents on Tap | What Judicial Law Clerks Wish You Knew: Lessons and Cautionary Tales from Recent Clerks in the District of Minnesota
Patents on Tap | What Judicial Law Clerks Wish You Knew: Lessons and Cautionary Tales from Recent Clerks in the District of Minnesota
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September 14th, 2017 | 4:00 pm CDT
Patents on Tap | Legal Implications and Key Lessons from Building Two Med-Tech Start-Ups
Patents on Tap | Legal Implications and Key Lessons from Building Two Med-Tech Start-Ups
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August 19, 2013
Fish Principal Michael Hawkins Named 2013 “Up & Coming” Lawyer
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