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Michael Sawyer
Michael Sawyer
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5257 msawyer@cov.com Download V-card

Michael Sawyer focuses on intellectual property and appellate litigation. He has successfully represented clients in high-stakes patent and trade secret litigation before district courts, the International Trade Commission, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the Federal Circuit. He also counsels clients on intellectual property strategy and portfolio development.

Mr. Sawyer also collaborates on the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide (Third Edition), which is published by the Federal Judicial Center.

  • Representing Knowles Electronics, LLC in two appeals from inter partes reexamination proceedings at the Federal Circuit.
  • Representing Return Mail, Inc. in appeal to the Federal Circuit from a covered business method review.
  • Represented Intercos S.p.A. in complex, cross-jurisdictional patent and trade secret litigation in the Northern District of California and Los Angeles County Superior Court, as well as reissue protests at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Represented The New York Times and CBS Interactive Inc. in an appeal from an inter partes review decision issued by the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB). The Covington team prevailed in the Federal Circuit, obtaining a unanimous ruling in the clients’ favor. Helferich Patent Licensing, LLC v. CBS Interactive, Inc., 599 F. App’x 955 (Fed. Cir. 2015).
  • Represented LifeCell Corp. in patent litigation related to soft tissue grafts in the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Represented AOL, Inc. firm in multiple patent lawsuits involving targeted advertising in the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented multinational electronics company in the International Trade Commission in a Section 337 investigation involving LEDs.
  • Represented HP in a lawsuit involving patents concerning network gateway devices in the Central District of California.

Pro Bono

  • Represent veteran in appeal to the Federal Circuit from the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Previous Experience

  • Hon. Susan Y. Illston, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Extern (2008)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, IP Litigation "Rising Star" (2014-2016)