Michael J. Sacksteder

Chair, Patent Litigation at Fenwick & West LLP

Michael J. Sacksteder

Michael J. Sacksteder

Chair, Patent Litigation at Fenwick & West LLP

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Michael Sacksteder is Chair of the Patent Litigation Group at Fenwick & West – a team of than 50 top-notch litigators with diverse legal and technical backgrounds at one of the foremost technology law firms in the country. Mr. Sacksteder has led patent litigation teams for high- clients such as Intuit, Symantec, Supercell, and Silver Peak Systems. He has successfully served as trial counsel in some of the most active patent litigation courts around the country, including the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the Northern District of California, and he has successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition to his work in district courts and the Federal Circuit, Mr. Sacksteder has substantial experience with post-grant proceedings, such as inter partes review proceedings (“IPRs”) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Clients have relied on him in litigation matters in a wide variety of technological fields, including computer hardware, software, networking, and security, semiconductors and semiconductor processing, polymer chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.

Notable engagements have included:

* Representing Supercell Oy, maker of the popular mobile game “Clash of Clans” in two separate patent infringement suits in the District of Delaware. In both cases, Mr. Sacksteder successfully brought motions to dismiss for failure to claim patent-eligible subject matter, securing an early and efficient resolution of each lawsuit. In the second of these cases, Mr. Sacksteder also represented, and obtained the same result for, mobile game makers Rovio, ngmoco, and Glu Mobile.

* Winning a jury verdict in favor of Silver Peak Systems against competitor Riverbed Technology in the District of Delaware. Riverbed initiated the suit and ultimately alleged infringement of five Riverbed patents. After two of those patents were found invalid through an inter partes reexamination, Riverbed’s claims were stayed, and the case went to trial on two patents asserted by Silver Peak. The jury found that both Silver Peak patents were infringed, and sustained the validity of the one Silver Peak patent that had been challenged on that basis.

* Obtaining transfer of a multi-defendant patent lawsuit from the Eastern District of Texas to the Northern District of California. The ruling allowed than a dozen defendants to fight the lawsuit – brought by a non-practicing entity – in their home forum. Mr. Sacksteder settled the matter favorably for his clients shortly after transfer.

* Winning a rare favorable defense damages verdict in the Eastern District of Texas. After initially announcing itself deadlocked on infringement and invalidity, the jury returned a verdict awarding less than 2% of the damages sought by the plaintiff, a notorious patent “troll.”

Mr. Sacksteder graduated magna cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Northwestern University Law Review. Before going to law school, Mr. Sacksteder worked as a broadcast journalist.?

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May 23, 2017
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June 5, 2013
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BA with Honors

Indiana University is a major multi-campus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services. Indiana University seeks to create dynamic partnerships with the state and local communities in economic, social, and cultural development and to offer leadership in creative solutions for 21st century problems. Indiana University strives to achieve full diversity, and to maintain friendly, collegial, and humane environments, with a strong commitment to academic freedom.

JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

The Northwestern University School of Law is an elite, private American law school in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the North Side's Streeterville, it is one of the twelve constituent schools of Northwestern University. The law school was founded in 1859 as the Union College of Law of the Old University of Chicago. The first law school established in Chicago, it became jointly controlled by Northwestern University in 1873 and fully incorporated into Northwestern in 1891. Northwestern Law is a member of the "T-14" law schools, a prestigious group of 14 schools that have national recognition.

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Founded in 1897, AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

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The Mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. To promote the American Inns of Court mission by encouraging members of the legal profession to participate in an American Inn of Court. To help ensure the vitality and continuity of local Inns. To communicate a culture of excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and skills to the legal community and generally. To ensure the long-term financial viability and growth of the American Inns of Court.

Editor-in-Chief
Prior
Career History
Chair, Patent Litigation
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Fenwick & West LLP is a national law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. The company's practice areas include antitrust and unfair competition, appellate, complex business litigation, copyright, corporate and securities, employment & labor, executive compensation & benefits, intellectual property and IP litigation. It offers legal advisory services in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, patent prosecution, privacy and information security. Fenwick & West was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA.

Political Donations
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2005

Member, Board of Regents at University of California

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