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About Michael

​Michael A. Amon is the vice office managing principal of the Southern California office of Fish & Richardson P.C. His practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation, including patent infringement and business litigation. Mr. Amon previously clerked for the Honorable James F. Stiven (2002-2003) and the Honorable Rudi M. Brewster (2003-2004) of the U.S District Court for the Southern District of California.


Mr. Amon is a contributing author to Fish’s IP Law Essentials.

Patent Local Rules: Knowing Them Well Can Make Litigating Your Case Smoother,” co-authored with Ricardo Bonilla, Megan Chacon, Madelyn McCormick, Kayleigh McGlynn, Jason Wolff, Fish IP Law Essentials Blog (April 22, 2020).

Injunction Denied, Sandoz Clear to LaunchFish Litigation Blog (September 2, 2015).​

Amgen v. Sandoz: Federal Circuit Weighs In on the BPCIA Riddle​Fish Litigation Blog (July 22, 2015).
Hot Topics Related to Biosimilars and the BPCIA” Fish Litigation Blog​ (June 18, 2015).

Patent Dance Takes Center Stage in Amgen V. Sandoz Appeal” Law360 (June 4, 2015).

The Dangers of Having Your Expert Not Devote Sufficient Time to Your Case” Fish Litigation Blog (February 9, 2015).​


“Patent Developments at the Supreme Court” and “Ethics:  Common and Emerging Challenges,” Speaker, San Diego Office CLE Event, January 24, 2018.

“Short and Long-Term IP Strategies to Consider in Light of Trends and Pending Decisions,” Association of Corporate Counsel – San Diego Chapter presentation, December 14, 2017.

Moderator, “Inter Partes Reviews: What Have We Really Learned?”  Daily Journal Patent Disputes Forum – South, Beverly Hills, December 6, 2017.

Biosimilars – A Mid-Year Review,” Speaker, Fish & Richardson Webinar, August 16, 2017.

Teaching Positions

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law 2009-present.

Warsaw Orthopedic v. NuVasive, Inc. – Represented NuVasive, Inc. in a series of patent infringement lawsuits filed by Warsaw and its Medtronic affiliate related to spinal access systems, spinal implants, fixation, and biologics.  Mr. Amon was part of the team that successfully petitioned the Federal Circuit to vacate the $101 million damages verdict Warsaw obtained at trial.  In addition, Mr. Amon was involved in a series of inter partes review petitions that succeeded in invalidating several of Warsaw’s asserted patents.

NuVasive, Inc. v. Globus Medical, Inc. – Represented NuVasive, Inc. against Globus regarding Globus’s infringement of NuVasive patents related to medical devices and methods for spine surgery.  Mr. Amon argued claim construction and summary judgment, and was instrumental in positioning NuVasive to negotiate a favorable settlement with Globus.

St. Jude Medical, et al. v. Volcano Corp. – Defended Volcano Corp. in patent litigation and jury trial related to pressure sensing guide wires used to diagnose heart problems. At trial, jury found two St. Jude patents invalid, two not infringed; a fifth patent was declared not infringed by the court on the eve of trial.

Nicholas Colucci v. Callaway Golf Co. — No. 08-CV-288 (E.D. TX.) Successfully defended Callaway Golf at trial against claims of patent and trade dress infringement as to certain golf club products manufactured and sold by Callaway Golf. Tried to a jury in March 2010. The jury found for Callaway Golf on no literal infringement of plaintiff’s asserted patent, and no infringement of plaintiff’s alleged trade dress rights. Post trial motions pending.

Baxter Healthcare Corp and DEKA Prods. Ltd. Partnership v. Fresenius USA, Inc. et al. — (07-1359 (N.D. Cal.) Successfully represented Fresenius at trial against claims of patent infringement related to peritoneal dialysis automated cyclers manufactured and used by Fresenius in the United States. The case was tried to a jury in July 2010. The jury returned a verdict of no infringement in Fresenius’s favor.

Callaway Golf Co. v. Acushnet Co. – No. 06-91 (D. Del.) – Represented Callaway Golf in two-week trial asserting that Acushnet’s popular Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls infringe four Callaway Golf patents on golf ball construction. Tried to jury verdict in December 2007. Acushnet conceded infringement; jury found for Callaway Golf on validity of all four patents. Published at 523 F. Supp 2d 388 (D. Del. 2007).

Data Encryption Corporation v. Microsoft Corp. – No. CV 05-05531 (C.D. Cal.). Part of the team that defended Microsoft against patent infringement allegations related to data encryption technology. Obtained favorable ruling of non-infringement on summary judgment.

AVID Identification Sys., Inc. v. Philips Semiconductors Inc. – No. 2:04-cv-183 (E.D. Tex.). Part of the trial team that represented AVID in two-week trial asserting patent infringement (3 patents) and Lanham Act claims relating to RFID transponders and readers. Obtained favorable mid-trial settlement from two defendants and a complete jury victory against the other two defendants, including a finding of willful infringement and a damages award of over $6 million.

Stonebreaker v. Medical Management Int’l, Inc. – No. GIC 830293 (Cal. Sup. Ct.). Part of the trial team that represented Stonebreaker and AVID in trial asserting unfair competition under California Code Section 17200 and the Lanham Act. Obtained very favorable mid-trial settlement that included recovery of damages and a stipulated permanent injunction against the defendant.

Named one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys by SD Metro Magazine, (2020).

Named to Best Lawyers Litigation – Patent, (2018-2021).

Focus Areas

J.D. cum laude​, University of San Diego School of Law (2002) ​

M.A., International Business Administration, University of San Diego (2001)

B.S., Biology, Trinity University (1995)

  • California 2003
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, The Honorable James F. Stiven, 2002 - 2003

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, The Honorable Rudi M. Brewster (deceased), 2003 - 2004

Memberships & Affiliations

J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court

American Bar Association

Board member, San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Project

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May 20, 2020
Michael Amon and Crystal Culhane Named to San Diego’s Top Attorneys 2020 by SD Metro Magazine
Press Release
April 22, 2020
Patent Local Rules: Knowing Them Well Can Make Litigating Your Case Smoother
Authors: Kayleigh E. McGlynn, Madelyn McCormick, Megan A. Chacon, Jason W. Wolff, Michael A. Amon, Ricardo Bonilla
IP Law Essentials
August 15, 2018
47 Fish Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 List
Press Release
December 6th, 2017 | 8:00 am PST
Daily Journal 2017 SoCal Patent Disputes Forum
Speaking Engagement
August 16th, 2017 | 1:00 pm EDT
Biosimilars – A Mid-Year Review
December 15th, 2016 | 4:30 pm PST
ACC Annual Holiday Mixer & CLE Program
Speaking Engagement
December 4th, 2016
Consero 2016 IP Forum for Life Sciences
Speaking Engagement
March 30, 2016
Fish Principals Land Win in NuVasive Stem-cell Surgical Implant Infringement Case
Press Release
April 21st, 2016 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar: Biosimilars Litigation
November 10, 2015
Fish & Richardson Debunks Patent Myths
Press Release
September 2, 2015
Injunction Denied, Sandoz Clear to Launch
Author: Michael A. Amon
IP Litigation
Life Sciences
Federal Circuit
August 27, 2015
BPCIA Dance Partners Request En Banc Rehearing and Amgen Seeks Temporary Injunction
Author: Michael A. Amon
IP Litigation
Life Sciences
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