Michael T. Zoppo focuses his practice on the IP needs of financial services companies nationwide, whether that means taking a case to trial, developing an IP portfolio, or strategic counseling.
As a trial lawyer with first-chair experience and versed in a broad range of technologies, Michael frequently serves as lead counsel in high profile cases with millions of dollars at stake. Because cases between competitors often give rise to more than just patent claims, Michael has also litigated trade secret, Lanham Act, breach of contract, defamation, and fraud claims.
Michael has scored big wins for major financial institutions, including insurance companies, banks, and national exchanges. In a case where Michael represented an options exchange facing over a billion dollars in alleged damages, he led pre-trial proceedings that forced the patentee to consent to adverse judgment moments before opening statements. The Federal Circuit affirmed the judgment and the District Court awarded over six million dollars in attorneys’ fees to Michael’s client. The National Law Journal profiled this win in its selection of Fish & Richardson to its 2015 Intellectual Property Hot List.
In a case where an insurance company faced both patent and non-patent claims leading to a nine-figure damages model, Michael obtained complete summary judgment of non-infringement leading to an extremely favorable settlement of all claims against his client. When that same insurance company faced another allegation of patent infringement—this time with an eight-figure damages model—Michael was called on again to lead the defense, obtaining the invalidation of the asserted patent.
In addition to being a Principal in the litigation practice group, Michael is a registered patent lawyer and counsels national exchanges, insurance companies, and banks regarding 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 focusing his practice on litigation and counseling, Michael spent several years prosecuting patent applications in technical disciplines such as power systems, chemistry, aircraft propulsion, and semiconductors. Prior to entering the legal field, Michael founded a startup that offered web-based auction services.
Michael lives in Cedar Grove, New Jersey with his wife and their twin sons.
September 13, 2017
Fish & Richardson Principal Michael Zoppo Named a 2017 “Rising Star” by New York Law Journal
October 4, 2018
Fish & Richardson Wins Federal Circuit Affirmance for USAA
June 14, 2018
Fish Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
July 25th, 2018
World Congress' 15th Annual Summit on Protecting Innovations in the Financial Services Industry
Fish Litigation Blog
February 24, 2017
What Patents Can Be Challenged in the Patent Office as “Covered Business Methods”?
Authors: Michael T. Zoppo, Thomas Rozylowicz
February 17, 2017
Fish Files Amicus Brief in Support of Challenge to Immigration Executive Order
December 14th, 2016 | 10:00 am EST
Webinar | IP Perspectives - Comparative Review: US and China's Trade Secret Laws
July 14, 2016
Fish & Richardson Wins Dismissal of Patent Infringement Case Against USAA Over Patent for Verifying Online Transactions
April 4, 2016
Fish & Richardson Wins Over $6 Million in Attorneys’ Fees for Chicago Board Options Exchange in Multi-Year Patent Dispute With ISE
March 1, 2015
Q&A with Michael Zoppo: Protecting IP Innovation in the Financial Services Sector
Author: Michael T. Zoppo
February 12, 2015
Principal Michael Zoppo Featured in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel’s “Protecting IP Innovation in the Financial Services Sector”