Michael Switzer

Akerman LLP

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South Wacker Drive 71
Chicago 60606 IL US

A registered patent lawyer with a background in electrical engineering, Michael D. Switzer is the chair of Akerman’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He leads a team of highly skilled lawyers and patent professionals practicing at the intersection of technology and law.

Drawing upon experiences gained from a diverse career of over 25 years in intellectual property, Michael supports his clients’ business objectives through intellectual property counseling, licensing, and litigation.

He routinely litigates cases before the federal courts and the United States International Trade Commission, including patent and trade secret matters involving divergent technologies such as medical devices, RAID storage devices, analog and digital circuit designs, and semiconductor architecture and processes.

Additionally, he regularly counsels clients on pathways to market for their research and development efforts, and has led the intellectual property due diligence efforts on numerous middle market transactions, assisting clients in deals ranging from $100 million to $500 million. He also has experience negotiating and drafting agreements regarding patent licenses, joint development, confidentiality, consulting, and material transfer.

Michael began his intellectual property career as a patent examiner at the United States Patent & Trademark Office. In addition to his firm experience, he has twice acted as in-house intellectual property counsel. Early in his career Michael resided in Tokyo, Japan, while serving as the first in-house U.S. patent counsel for Hitachi, Ltd.

As a member of Hitachi’s International Licensing Department, he drafted and negotiated dozens of agreements. More recently, Michael served as in-house counsel for a major multinational medical device company, where he managed all of the intellectual property aspects of certain medical device product lines from initial clearance to market through litigation.

Michael’s diverse technology expertise combined with his in-house experience and broad knowledge of intellectual property provides clients a comprehensive resource to protecting their intellectual property assets.

Notable Work:

  • Patent Litigation: Represented a global healthcare company against patent complaint involving medical stapler technology. Secured a positive settlement after striking the plaintiff’s expert opinion on damages.
  • Patent Litigation: Represented a global healthcare company against well-known non-practicing entity Acacia, obtained favorable settlement after Markmanhearing victory.
  • Patent Litigation: Represented Japanese microcontroller manufacturer in obtaining dismissal of all patent infringement claims in case involving semiconductor memory technology.
  • IP Due Diligence: Represented client in conducting intellectual property due diligence for a $350 million dollar healthcare business acquisition.

Education :

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 1996, cum laude
  • B.S., Union College, Electrical Engineering, 1990

Bar Admissions :

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


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