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Michael T. Renaud

Member / Chair, Intellectual Property Division

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Michael is a highly regarded intellectual property litigator and patent strategist who helps clients protect and generate revenue from their patent holdings. Intellectual Asset Magazine has repeatedly recognized him in its select IAM Patent 1000 and IAM Patent Strategy 300 publications. Clients rely on his counsel regarding sensitive licensing agreement negotiations, acquisitions, and other technology transactions. He leads a team known for its ability to translate complex technology and its value to non-technical professionals — in court and business negotiations.

Michael is Division Head for the Intellectual Property Section at Mintz and serves as a member on the firm’s Policy Committee. He is an experienced litigator known for his business approach to creating value in patent assets. His success on behalf of clients comes from his ability to identify the value drivers in a portfolio and communicate that value to competitors, investors, purchasers, licensees, counsel, judges, and juries.

With a background in mechanical engineering and nearly 20 years’ experience practicing law, he has the combination of technical and legal skills essential to a strategic patent practice. He has achieved courtroom victories and negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of both patent owners and accused infringers in complex negotiations and protracted litigation.

Michael develops strategies for and guides clients through monetization programs for complex technology portfolios. Several recent monetization programs have each returned tens of millions of dollars through litigation, licensing, and sale activities.

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.

He has particularly deep experience litigating Section 337 matters before the International Trade Commission and has also achieved significant success in Federal District Courts, including the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware, Northern District of California, District of Massachusetts, and numerous others.

Michael’s technology experience includes electromechanical systems, digital cameras, embedded microprocessors, telecommunications and network software, cellular phones, and e-commerce, among others.

Michael rejoined Mintz from Pepper Hamilton LLP in 2012.

Education

  • University of Connecticut (JD)
  • Duke University (BS, Mechanical Engineering)

Recognition & Awards

  • Selected for the 2015 – 2018 editions of IAM Strategy 300 – The World's Leading IP Strategists
  • Identified in the IAM Patent 1000, a listing of the “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners,” as a “go-to attorney for technology patent litigation" (2015-2019)
  • Included on the Managing Intellectual Property: Patent star - Massachusetts list (2018)
  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts – Intellectual Property (2015 – 2017)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation - International Trade Commission (2017-2018)
  • Included on the Super Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys in Massachusetts list (2016)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers – Intellectual Property Litigation list (2007, 2011 – 2018)

Involvement

  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association

Recent Insights

News & Press

Events

Viewpoints

Viewpoint General

Commission Reverses Apple Infringement Finding, Thereby Mooting the Public Interest Inquiry...For Now

March 27, 2019 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, James Wodarski, Sandra Badin, Rithika Kulathila

Yesterday afternoon, the International Trade Commission issued its Final Determination in Certain Mobile Electronic Devices and Radio Frequency and Process Components Thereof, 337-TA-1065. The 1065 Investigation is one of several actions Qualcomm has brought against Apple both here and abroad.
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FRAND Licensing of Global Portfolios – Who Gets to Set Worldwide Rates?

March 26, 2019 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, James Wodarski, Sandra Badin

A key issue in the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs) is whether national courts have jurisdiction to determine what constitutes a global fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) license rate.  The Court of Appeal in England recently held that its patent courts have such jurisdiction.  In Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. v Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL, the Court of Appeal affirmed the jurisdiction of the High Court of Justice to try a claim for the infringement of UK-designated European SEPs against Chinese as well as English defendants and to issue an injunction for the unauthorized use of the SEPs at issue.  In the process, it also affirmed the High Court’s jurisdiction to determine a worldwide FRAND rate. 
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PanOptis Patent Management, LLC (“PanOptis”) was recently awarded enhanced damages and ongoing royalties as a result of Huawei Technology Co. Ltd. (“Huawei”) infringing five of its patents, four of which were alleged to be essential to the 4G LTE technology standard.  Despite the successful legal outcome, the size of PanOptis’ cumulative damages award for its standard-essential patents was less than some observers anticipated.  This result emphasizes the importance of taking a global enforcement approach—leveraging international fora—to recoup meaningful compensation for standard-essential patents.
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Designing Around a Monopoly: the Public Interest Dispute between Qualcomm and Apple Takes a New Turn

March 12, 2019 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, James Wodarski, Sandra Badin, Matthew Galica

As we mentioned in December, the International Trade Commission issued a notice to review the Final Initial Determination and Recommended Determination issued by Administrative Law Judge Pender in Certain Mobile Electronic Devices and Radio Frequency and Process Components Thereof, 337-TA-1065 (“Certain Mobile Electronic Devices”), in which, despite finding that a valid patent was infringed and all jurisdictional requirements met, ALJ Pender had recommended that no exclusion order be issued against Apple because such an order would be contrary to the public interest.
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The Tall Tale of the Domestic Industry

March 4, 2019 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, James Wodarski, Marguerite McConihe, Courtney Herndon

There is a common misconception the domestic industry economic prong requirement is insurmountable and an unknowable factor in a patent infringement action at the International Trade Commission (“ITC” or “Commission”), especially for foreign-based companies or non-practicing entities (“NPEs”). This could not be further from the truth. Those in the trenches at the ITC have seen recent trends that show with effective and strategic pre-suit diligence, creative thinking, and experienced counsel, the domestic industry requirement is no bar to a successful investigation.
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Key Strategies for Obtaining Patents Under the EPO’s New AI Guidelines

January 23, 2019 | Advisory | By Michael Renaud, Ralph Nack, Marguerite McConihe

Read about patenting strategies for the European Patent Office’s new artificial intelligence and machine learning guidelines and European Patent Convention requirements.
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ITC to Review Controversial Apple-Qualcomm Decision

December 13, 2018 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, James Wodarski, Aarti Shah, Marguerite McConihe

As anticipated https://www.mintz.com/insights-center/viewpoints/2231/2018-10-alj-pender-apple-infringes-no-exclusion-order-qualcomm, on December 12, 2018, the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) issued a notice to review the Final Initial Determination and Recommended Determination (“FID”) issued by Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Pender in In the Matter of Certain Mobile Electronic Devices and Radio Frequency and Process Components Thereof, 337-TA-1065 (“Certain Mobile Electronic Devices”), where ALJ Pender, despite finding that a valid patent was infringed and all jurisdictional requirements met, recommended that no Limited Exclusion Order be issued against Apple because it would be contrary to the public interest.
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Efficacy of Preliminary Injunction Against Apple Called into Question

December 12, 2018 | Alert | By Michael Renaud, Adam Rizk, Robert Moore, Catherine Xu

Read about the preliminary injunction issued by the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China against Apple for its infringement of two Qualcomm patents.
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European Patent Office Issues New Guidelines on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

November 7, 2018 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, Marguerite McConihe

On November 1, 2018, the European Patent Office (“EPO”) issued new guidelines for the patentability of artificial intelligence (“AI”) and machine learning (“ML”) inventions which indicate that applications within this subject matter may be treated as largely unpatentable. The new guidelines, G-II 3.3.1, provide that AI and ML are “based on computational models and algorithms for classification, clustering, regression and dimensionality reduction, such as neural networks, genetic algorithms, support vector machines, k-means, kernel regression and discriminant analysis.” These “computational models and algorithms” are, according to the guidelines, “per se of an abstract mathematical nature.”
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ITC Provides Clarity on the Meaning of a Section 337(a)(2) “Article”

October 31, 2018 | Alert | By Michael Renaud, James Wodarski, Aarti Shah, Marguerite McConihe, Serge Subach

This article examines a recent International Trade Commission decision that opens up the ITC to complainants in an earlier phase of product development.

News & Press

Here's Advice From Patent Attorneys For Innovators

October 4, 2019 | Boston Business Journal

Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Division Michael T. Renaud was quoted in an article published by the Boston Business Journal featuring advice from top patent attorneys for innovators.
An article published by Law360 reported that following the U.S. International Trade Commission’s initial decision that Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH’s imports infringe a Glycosyn LLC patent on human milk oligosaccharides, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied Jennewein’s petition for post-grant review of a related patent.

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.
Law360 featured a Mintz patent litigation team as “Legal Lions” in its weekly list of the top verdicts for its representation of Elm 3DS Innovations, a patent licensing entity.

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.

DOJ sensibly returns to antitrust fundamentals on patent licensing

November 23, 2018 | https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/417833-doj-sensibly-returns-to-antitrust-fundamentals The Hill

A team of Mintz attorneys - Mike Renaud, Rob Kidwell and Rob Moore - authored this issues response op-ed discussing the Department of Justice's (DOJ) statements on intellectual property rights, "the New Madison Approach." This approach marks a return to the core principles on which the patent laws are predicated.
This column notes that with the legal landscape surrounding SEPs shifting in many countries, it has never been more important to take a global view of patent assertion – but any cross-border litigation strategy needs careful consideration. A team of Mintz intellectual property attorneys including Members Mike Renaud and Jim Wodarski and Associate Rob Moore authored this column.
Member and Chair of the Intellectual Property Division Mike Renaud provides commentary in this feature article. The piece is part of Law360’s ongoing series highlighting important patent venues. Mike and other IP leaders discuss Germany as an area of focus for IP litigation in Europe.

Is SEP Licensing Up To Standard?

June 4, 2018 | IAM Issue 90

This feature article includes commentary from leading intellectual property industry sources to discuss how the standard-essential patents (SEPs) landscape has changed throughout recent years. Members Mike Renaud and Jim Wodarski are quoted among the IP insiders providing insight.
This article notes that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has denied Samsung’s request to challenge a patent it has been accused of infringing – resulting in a final win in a series of victories for Mintz client, Elm 3DS Innovations.
Mintz Members and intellectual property attorneys Mike Renaud, Aarti Shah and Jim Wodarski collaborated on an article published by Financier Worldwide Magazine discussing standard-essential patents.
A team of Mintz attorneys has successfully defended 105 of 107 patent claims across 14 instituted Inter Partes Reviews in a series of decisive wins for client Elm 3DS Innovations, LLC.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found decisively in favor of Mint and client Straight Path IP Group, Inc. in a long-fought battle over three of the licensing firm’s patents. The court upheld a prior 2016 decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Mintz attorneys have saved sixty-three of sixty-five challenged patent claims across eight patents in a series of sweeping Inter Partes Review victories for their client, Elm 3DS Innovations, LLC, victories that may pave the way to Elm prevailing in other pending invalidity challenges. 
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has announced it's launching an investigation into whether thermoplastic parts used in certain BMW, Honda, and Toyota vehicle models have infringed five patents owned by Intellectual Ventures LLC.
Mintz IP attorneys Michael Renaud, Michael Newman, James Wodarski, and Sandra Badin are among industry sources in this article assessing a Texas ruling that "asserted claims of patent covering medical technology are invalid as abstract and not inventive" under Alice Corp v. CLS Bank International. 
This Boston Business Journal feature article highlights Mintz’s intellectual property team in Boston. The piece notes that while other law firms move away from patent prosecution work, Mintz has continued to excel in that area and expand the team as well.
Mintz announced a victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The court affirmed an Eastern District of Texas ruling from May 2016 that held unpatentable a medical records patent asserted by Preservation Wellness against NextGen Healthcare.
This piece, co-authored by Mike Renaud and Sandra Badin, discusses two notable decisions by the Federal Circuit and the ITC that impact standard essential patents and shape the incentives of technology innovators.
Mintz attorneys Michael Renaud, Robert Kidwell, and Robert Moore discuss the FTC’s suit against Qualcomm in the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California as well as the timing of the lawsuit and specifics of the FTC’s complaints against said company. 
A team of Mintz attorneys author this column discussing the Korean Fair Trade Commission’s steep fine against Qualcomm for antitrust violations and the continued antitrust concerns raised by Qualcomm’s licensing practices.
Mintz has bolstered its nationally recognized, bicoastal Intellectual Property Practice with the addition of veteran Silicon Valley attorney Stephen J. Akerley, who will serve as a Member in the San Francisco office.
Division Head of the firm’s IP Section Michael Renaud and Special Counsel Sandra Badin authored this Massachusetts Lawyers Journal column on the recent decisions to opt out of standards-setting patent policy introduced by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE).
Michael T. Renaud, Division Head for Mintz's Intellectual Property Section, is speaking on a panel at the 2016 IP Dealmakers Forum. The event is taking place November 17 at the Apella Event Space at Alexandria Center in New York City.
IP Division Head Michael Renaud, Member Aarti Shah, and Associate Adam Rizk authored this Financier Worldwide article discussing the ITC's statement that it will treat standard-essential patents the same way it treats all other patents asserted in a Section 337 investigation.
IP Division Head Michael Renaud and Associate Nick Armington authored this Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report column examining the protections and provisions brought about by the DTSA and how employers can fully leverage it to combat trade secret theft.
IP Division Head Michael Renaud and Associate Nick Armington authored this Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report column that examines the DTSA and how employers can fully leverage it to combat trade secret theft.
Fifty-three Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2016 and thirty-one have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2016 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers. 
Mintz Boston Members Michael Renaud and James Wodarski, Washington, D.C. Member Aarti Shah, and Boston Associate Adam Rizk authored this Law360 article on the newly-issued ITC statement discounting the idea that an SEP patent owner cannot bring infringement cases before the commission.
Mintz Members Michael Renaud and James Wodarski and Sandra Badin, Special Counsel and Appellate attorney, authored an Intellectual Asset Magazine column on how U.S. owners of standard-essential patents must be creative in their strategizing to protect the value of their rights.
This Law360 feature article notes Honda’s removal from the U.S. International Trade Commission’s investigation into several foreign automakers’ “importation of vehicles with infotainment systems that allegedly infringed several patents.”
Firm’s National Healthcare Practice, NY Corporate/M&A and Litigation: General Commercial Among Newest Rankings
This article notes that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) upheld claims in a Straight Path IP Group patent matter. The coverage notes that the decision follows a rare reversal by the Federal Circuit that found the PTAB used an incorrect claim construction previously.
This article notes that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has upheld the validity of two Straight Path patents in Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s review.
The 2015 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide names 52 Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.  attorneys as “Leaders in Their Fields.”

Events

Panelist
Sep
10
2019

Patent Masters Symposium

IPWatchdog Institute

Renaissance Arlington Capitol View, 2800 S Potomac Ave, Arlington, VA

Moderator
Nov
7
2018

5th Annual IP Dealmakers Forum

The IP Investment Institute, LLC

New York, NY

Moderator
Sep
18
2018

Patent Licensing 2018

IAM

Golden Gate Club - The Presidio 135 Fisher Loop San Francisco, CA

Moderator
Nov
16
2017

IP Dealmakers Forum

The IP Investment Institute, LLC

New York, NY

Moderator
Sep
20
2017

Patent Licensing 2017

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM)

San Francisco, CA

Panelist
Nov
17
2016

2016 IP Dealmakers Forum

IP Dealmakers

Apella Event Space New York, NY

Speaker
Mar
22
2016

NPE 2016: The Business of Responsible Licensing

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM)

New York City

Moderator
Dec
7
2015

2015 IP Dealmakers Forum

The Apella, New York City