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. Some of his successes include:
- Michael represented an options exchange facing over a billion dollars in alleged damages and 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 and affirmance by the Federal Circuit.
In addition to being a Principal in the litigation practice group, Michael is a registered patent lawyer and counsels startup companies to Fortune 100 companies 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. Utilizing his litigation and prosecution background, Michael has an active post-grant practice and has first-chaired multiple AIA trials.
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.
Moderator, “PTAB Developments: Intersection of Post Grant and Litigation,” Summit on Protecting Innovations in the Financial Services Industry, July 24, 2019.
Moderator, “Embracing Change at the PTAB,” Summit on Protecting Innovations in the Financial Services Industry, July 25, 2018.
Moderator, “Apply Best Practices in Oral Arguments Before the PTAB,” Patents for Financial Services Summit, July 19, 2017.
Moderator, “Strategies that Effectively Prepare Your Case for a District Court Trial,” Patents for Financial Services Summit, July 20, 2016.
Mr. Zoppo is a contributing author to Fish’s IP Law Essentials.
Watching the Sun Set on Covered Business Method Review, co-author, Law360 (September 14, 2020).
The Patent Litigation Process: The Complaint, co-author, Fish IP Law Essentials Blog (July 13, 2020).
INSIGHT: Financial Services Patents Surviving Roller Coaster From 2014 High Court Decision, Bloomberg Law (June 6, 2019).
INSIGHT: Patents as Weapons in the Financial Services Industry—A New Era, Bloomberg Law (March 22, 2019).
Quoted in, “Patent Holders Tear Devices Down to Build Infringement Cases Up,” Bloomberg Law, April 3, 2018.
Quoted in, “Swelling Docket Pushing Delaware Judges to Transfer Patent Cases,” Bloomberg Law, September 20, 2017.
Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | Stopping Further Leaks: Protecting Trade Secrets While Litigating Misappropriation, Fish Litigation Blog (August 23, 2017).
What Patents Can Be Challenged in the Patent Office as “Covered Business Methods”?, Fish Litigation Blog (February 24, 2017).
Quoted in, “Wall Street is Trying to Beat Silicon Valley at Its Own Game,” Bloomberg Businessweek, February 11, 2016.
Quoted in, “7 Ways To Survive an Alice Patent Challenge,” IP Law360, December 15, 2015.
Quoted in, “IP Boutiques Adjust to Client Use of Patent Office Reviews,” New York Law Journal, October 5, 2015
Interviewee, “Protecting IP Innovation in the Financial Services Sector,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Vol. 23 No. 3., March 2015.
Technological innovation in financial services, Fish Litigation Blog (March 10, 2014).
Quoted in, “How They Won It: Fish Torpedoes $400M Patent Suit,” April 24, 2013.
Interviewee, “Fish & Richardson Scores Patent Victory with Motions in Limine,” IPWatchdog, April 8, 2013.
“eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C.: New Standard for Permanent Injunctions in Patent Cases,” with C. Sandhu, Bright Ideas, 15, 2 (Fall 2006).
USAA v. Mitek Systems Inc. (W.D. Tex.): In a landmark case focused on remote deposit capture technology, Michael served as lead patent counsel for USAA, defending against Mitek’s allegations of patent infringement. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement for all asserted patents. Also represented USAA on claims of trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, defamation, and fraud.
Asghari-Kamrani v. USAA (E.D. Va.): Served as lead counsel for USAA, defending against allegations of infringing a patent relating to two-factor authentication. Obtained order invalidating the patent-in-suit under Alice, affirmance from the Federal Circuit, and denial of certiorari from the Supreme Court.
Smart Authentication IP v. USAA (E.D. Tex.): Served as lead counsel for USAA, defending against allegations of infringing a patent relating to two-factor authentication.
St. Isidore v. USAA (E.D. Tex.): Served as lead patent counsel for USAA, defending against allegations of infringing patents relating to two-factor authentication.
Annuitek LLC v. USAA Life Insurance Company (E.D. Tex.): As lead counsel, represented USAA in patent litigation concerning the pricing of annuity contracts.
Unified Messaging Solutions, LLC v. USAA (N.D. Ill. and W.D. Tex.): Represented USAA in patent litigation concerning cross-platform messaging. Final judgment entered in USAA’s favor, and obtained attorneys’ fees.
Novozymes A/S and Novozymes North America, Inc. v. C T E Global, Inc., (N.D. Ill.): Represented plaintiff-patentee Novozymes in litigation against U.S. importer of glucoamylase industrial enzymes (used in the manufacture of fuel ethanol) and obtained permanent injunction.
Chicago Board Options Exchange v. International Securities Exchange (N.D. Ill.): As co-lead counsel, represented the Chicago Board against ISE in litigation concerning a patent on a fully computerized exchange. ISE consented to judgment in CBOE’s favor right before opening statements were to begin. Judgment of non-infringement was affirmed by the Federal Circuit, and the district court awarded over six million dollars in attorneys’ fees to CBOE.
Realtime Data v. Chicago Board Options Exchange (S.D.N.Y.): As lead counsel, represented the Chicago Board against Realtime Data in a litigation concerning patents on data compression, particularly regarding financial data.
C2 Options Exchange v. International Securities Exchange (N.D. Ill.): Represented the C2 Exchange in a litigation concerning a patent on a fully computerized exchange.
Layne Christensen v. The Purolite Company (D. Kan.): Represented water purification company in litigation involving allegations of patent infringement and breach of contract.
Certain Disc Drives, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same (USITC 337-TA-516): Represented hard disk drive manufacturer in investigation involving servo technology, magnetic media, and mechanical structures contained in micro-disc drives.
Seagate Technology LLC v. Cornice, Inc. – (D. Del.): Represented hard disk drive manufacturer in investigation involving servo technology, magnetic media, and mechanical structures contained in micro-disc drives
Represented a semiconductor manufacturer in multiple litigations concerning doping of wide band gap semiconductors, commonly used in light emitting diodes and laser diodes.
Represented a DRAM manufacturer in litigation concerning patents directed to increasing bandwidth.
Recognized in “The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” by IAM Patent 1000 (2017-2020).
Selected by his peers as a Super Lawyers New York Rising Star from 2013-2018 for IP litigation, a recognition that less than three percent of the attorneys in New York receive.
Selected as a 2017 “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal.
“For a litigator in New York, look to Michael Zoppo, an experienced first-chair trial lawyer with a glittering track record representing insurance companies, banks and exchanges in commercially consequential patent duels.”
— 2019 IAM Patent 1000
“Michael Zoppo has been firing on all cylinders advocating for rights holders in the financial sector. He really understands how sophisticated and innovative financial services companies do business, which gives him an edge in many ways…”
— 2018 IAM Patent 1000
Fish’s “New York office is a vital resource pool in terms of staffing trial teams, but in Michael Zoppo it also has someone to fill a lead role.”
— 2017 IAM Patent 1000
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J.D., Rutgers School of Law - Newark (2004) Managing Editor, Rutgers Law Review
B.E. with honors (First in major), Materials Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology (2001)
B.A. with honors, Philosophy, Stevens Institute of Technology (2001)
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- New Jersey
- New York
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
September 15, 2020
Fish Attorneys Author Law360 Article, "Watching the Sun Set on Covered Business Method Review"
August 12, 2020
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Litigation Practice; National Rankings in the Plaintiff Firm and Prosecution Firm Categories
July 13, 2020
The Patent Litigation Process: The Complaint
Authors: Adil Shaikh, Michael T. Zoppo
October 15, 2019
Fish & Richardson Prevails in Three PTAB Rulings for MIAX
July 24th, 2019
Protecting Innovations in the Financial Services Industry
June 20, 2019
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
June 6, 2019
Michael Zoppo Authors Article in Bloomberg Law, “INSIGHT: Financial Services Patents Surviving Roller Coaster From 2014 High Court Decision”
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
September 13, 2017
Fish & Richardson Principal Michael Zoppo Named a 2017 “Rising Star” by New York Law Journal
February 24, 2017
What Patents Can Be Challenged in the Patent Office as “Covered Business Methods”?
Authors: Michael T. Zoppo, Thomas Rozylowicz