Michael is recognized as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists by Intellectual Asset Magazine, appearing in its 2021 inaugural edition of the Strategy 300 Global Leaders guide and repeatedly appearing in its annual IAM Strategy 300 publication. He is an experienced litigator and the central tactician in developing and implementing multinational enforcement, licensing, and litigation strategies for global corporations. Michael and his teams help clients realize significant value by identifying patent assets which can be enforced to protect clients’ competitive positions and generate licensing revenue. He also represents clients accused of infringement, and his success in these matters is informed by his full understanding of how plaintiff cases are developed and, in turn, how to strategically attack them.
As firmwide Chair of the Intellectual Property Division, Michael leads an international team of IP prosecutors, litigators, and transaction specialists. As an engineer with 20 years’ experience in intellectual property, Michael achieves success both in and out of the courtroom stemming from his uncommon combination of sound legal judgment, strong business acumen, and experience with and sensitivity to changing market conditions. Michael is driven to help his clients attain their business objectives and has years of experience evaluating and valuing diverse patent portfolios. His cutting edge work on SEP valuation and enforcement is supported by his unmatched ability to identify untapped assets and value drivers.
Clients rely on Michael to develop multinational strategies tailored to their specific needs. He is known for his experience with developing comprehensive monetization strategies; conducting IP due diligence; counseling investment firms on implementing strategies for leveraging patent value; negotiating deals and generating revenue through strategic partnerships; and prosecuting coordinated international enforcement actions.
Most successful enforcement and licensing efforts today require an attorney like Michael who can manage parallel litigations in U.S. Federal District Courts, in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission, and in global jurisdictions including China, Europe, and the UK. Recent successful Mintz-coordinated global efforts have involved regional IP courts in Shanghai, China, and in Dusseldorf and Mannheim, Germany, in addition to multiple U.S. venues.
Michael also advises clients on patent portfolio assessment and conducts IP due diligence in connection with transactions. He counsels private equity firms and venture capital funds on IP assets and patent value. He also helps patent owners develop and implement strategies for identifying and leveraging untapped assets in their patent portfolios.
According to a client interviewed by IAM Patent 1000 editors, “Mike is extremely good at developing cases, budgeting appropriately and assessing the scope and shape of the risk confronting his clients. Plenty of lawyers have the technical ability to handle complex patent matters, but Mike has a special understanding of and sensitivity to business issues that sets him apart.”
- University of Connecticut (JD)
- Duke University (BS, Mechanical Engineering)
Recognition & Awards
- Included by Intellectual Asset Management in its inaugural edition of the Strategy 300 Global Leaders guide in 2021.
- Selected for the 2015 – 2021 editions of IAM Strategy 300 – The World's Leading IP Strategists
- Named a finalist for Managing Intellectual Property's "Practitioner of the Year (Litigation) - Massachusetts" award (2021) and identified as a "Patent Star - Patent Contentious - Massachusetts" (2018 – 2021)
- Identified in the IAM Patent 1000, a listing of the “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners,” as a “go-to attorney for technology patent litigation" (2015 – 2021)
- Recognized in Chambers USA: Nationwide – International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337) (2021)
- Recognized in Chambers USA: Massachusetts – Intellectual Property (2015 - 2017, 2021)
- Recognized among the most active International Trade Commission Section 337 practitioners (2021) and Inter Partes Review practitioners (2018 - 2020) by Patexia in its annual surveys
- Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers – Intellectual Property Litigation list (2007, 2011 - 2020)
- Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation - International Trade Commission (2017 - 2018, 2021)
- Included on the Super Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys in Massachusetts list (2016)
- International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Standards Setting Committee
News & Press
The Standard Does Rule Them All: Federal Circuit Panel Finds Standard Sufficient to Prove Infringement for SEP Compliant Products
August 5, 2020 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, James Wodarski, Daniel Weinger, Kara E. Grogan
IPR and Fast-Moving District Court Litigation: PTAB Formalizes the Analysis for Balancing Efficiency and Fairness
July 17, 2020 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, Daniel Weinger, Adam Rizk, Serge Subach
IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO: The German Federal Supreme Court Acknowledges That Infringer Hold-Out is a Real Problem
July 16, 2020 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, James Wodarski, Matthew Galica
The Standard May Rule Them All: Federal Circuit Panel Appears Prepared to Find Standard Is Sufficient to Prove Infringement for SEP Compliant Products
July 9, 2020 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, James Wodarski, Daniel Weinger, Kara E. Grogan
June 25, 2020 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, Adam Rizk, Daniel Weinger, Serge Subach
No Fishing Allowed: Discovery of Litigation Funding Requires Articulation of Relevance Beyond Speculation
June 18, 2020 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, Andrew DeVoogd, Daniel Weinger, Catherine Xu
June 2, 2020 | Blog | By Matthew Hurley, Michael Renaud, Nicholas Armington
Better Early Than Never: PTAB Confirms Willingness to Deny Institution In Light of Advanced State of Parallel Litigation
May 18, 2020 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, Daniel Weinger, Serge Subach
Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Germany’s Highest Court tells SEP implementers that simply saying that you are willing to license is not enough, and hold-out will not be tolerated
May 12, 2020 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, James Wodarski, Matthew Galica
Steps Your Company Should Consider Now to Protect Value with a Wave of Trade Secret Litigation on the Horizon Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, Economic Downturn, and Jobless Claims
April 17, 2020 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, Nicholas Armington
News & Press
September 16, 2021
September 13, 2021
July 30, 2021
January 5, 2021
December 22, 2020
December 17, 2020
A Critique of Glory Days and How Reports of Anticompetitive Risks of Pools Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
November 4, 2020
October 15, 2020
September 24, 2020
August 10, 2020
July 16, 2020
July 10, 2020
Joint Policy Statement and Recent Cases Confirm That Injunctive Relief on SEPs is Available at the ITC
March 19, 2020
January 10, 2020
October 30, 2019
October 22, 2019
The article noted that the Mintz team representing Netlist includes Member and Chair of the Intellectual Property Division Michael Renaud, along with Members James Wodarski, Drew DeVoogd, Steve Akerley, Aarti Shah, and Associates Kristina Cary, Matthew Galica, and Tiffany Knapp.
October 4, 2019
September 18, 2019
The Mintz team representing Glycosyn at the ITC includes Michael Newman, Thomas Wintner, Michael Renaud and James Wodarski; and the Mintz team representing Glycosyn at the PTAB includes Michael Newman, Thomas Wintner, Peter Cuomo and Daniel Weinger.
In a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed decisions upholding the validity of nearly a dozen Elm patents on semiconductor technologies that accused infringers challenged at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
The Mintz team representing Elm includes Member and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Division Michael Renaud, Members William Meunier, James Wodarski and Michael Newman, Special Counsel Sandra Badin, and Associates Kevin Amendt and Matthew Galica.