Michael E. Anderson

Partner

Washington, D.C.
T +1.202.861.1575
F +1.202.861.1783

Overview

Michael Anderson is an intellectual property attorney who focuses his practice on technology-based litigation and patent infringement cases in particular. Michael's goal is to obtain prompt and cost-effective relief for his clients through strategic planning. Although his practice today focuses on intellectual property, Michael has broad litigation experience. He has litigated commercial torts, contract disputes, fraud cases and bid protest actions, and has practiced in courts across the U.S. as well as before administrative agencies. Michael has particular experience in the Eastern District of Virginia (known as the "Rocket Docket") and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). He also lectures on patent litigation before the ITC at the University of Washington School of Law's Center for Advanced Study & Research on Intellectual Property.

Michael's experience includes litigation, portfolio assessment, licensing negotiation and counseling on matters pertaining to a wide array of technologies, including navigation systems and software, intrusion detection software, firewalls, semiconductors, LCD televisions, cellphones, DVD recorders and media, construction and ground-engaging equipment, laser range finders, fluid coolers, LEDs, semiconductor mask repair, computer security software and devices, medical devices, wireless communication devices, VoIP systems, robotics, pharmaceuticals, and molecular diagnostics.

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  • Defended a manufacturer of fluid coolers in patent infringement actions filed by a competitor. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict finding no liability based on its finding of noninfringement of one set of claims and invalidity of a second set of claims of the asserted patent. 
  • Providing representation to defendants/counterclaim plaintiff in a patent infringement action involving eight patents related to heavy-construction and earthmoving technology. The matter is ongoing.
  • Represented one of the largest publicly traded companies in Japan and its foreign subsidiaries in multiple patent infringement lawsuits involving LCD modules before the ITC and in the Eastern District of Texas. Resulted in the negotiation of a settlement after several years of contentious litigation, including two separate ITC hearings.
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Experience

  • Defended a manufacturer of fluid coolers in patent infringement actions filed by a competitor. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict finding no liability based on its finding of noninfringement of one set of claims and invalidity of a second set of claims of the asserted patent. 
  • Providing representation to defendants/counterclaim plaintiff in a patent infringement action involving eight patents related to heavy-construction and earthmoving technology. The matter is ongoing.
  • Represented one of the largest publicly traded companies in Japan and its foreign subsidiaries in multiple patent infringement lawsuits involving LCD modules before the ITC and in the Eastern District of Texas. Resulted in the negotiation of a settlement after several years of contentious litigation, including two separate ITC hearings.
  • Representing a defendant technology company in a patent infringement action in the Southern District of Ohio related to systems for playing music and messages remotely. The matter is ongoing. 
  • Representing a government contractor in a lawsuit brought against the Army involving laser range finders. The matter is ongoing. 
  • Defended a technology company in a series of litigations involving allegations of patent infringement, breach of contract and various commercial torts. Obtained dismissal of a patent infringement action with attorneys' fees.  
  • Represented a technology company in the Eastern District of Virginia in an action alleging infringement of a patent related to electronic books. Summary judgment of noninfringement was rendered at the outset of discovery.
  • Represented a technology consulting firm in the Court of Federal Claims in an action alleging patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. The client was a government contractor working with the Joint Armed Forces, which was alleged to have infringed a patent covering certain business methods. The case was dismissed by the plaintiff after a Markman hearing. 
  • Represented a client technology company in an Eastern District of Virginia case in which the scope and number of products accused in the patent infringement action were limited through motions practice, resulting in significantly decreased damages exposure to the client and prompt dismissal of the client from the litigation.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2016)
    • Recommended in Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation - Full Coverage

Memberships

  • Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court

Pro Bono

  • Represented a client in an insurance dispute regarding denial of payment of death benefits, resulting in the negotiation of a settlement. 
  • Represented a client in a veteran's appeal, resulting in remand of a decision denying claims of disability. 
  • Has prepared wills and advanced medical directives for low-income elderly clients.

Prior Positions

  • Exxon Mobil: Engineer

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 46,520
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2000
  • B.S.E., Princeton University, 1995, with honors