Patrick Michael

Patrick Michael

Office Managing Partner
San Francisco

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 415 374 2319

Fax +1 415 374 2499

Practice groupIntellectual Property, Media, and Technology

The largest technology companies regularly rely on Patrick Michael to represent them in high-stakes intellectual property (IP) disputes. As a leading trial lawyer and technology litigator, Patrick has a proven track record of winning patent, copyright, and trade secret cases for both defendants and plaintiffs across the United States.

Patrick's practice focuses on a wide range of technologies, including integrated circuits, electronic design automation, software, semiconductor fabrication processes/tools, computer networking, and medical devices. He has significant trial experience, including serving as lead trial counsel for a world-renowned laboratory in a trade secret dispute where he obtained a unanimous defense verdict for the client after a three-week jury trial.

Patrick also led the team that won two trials, including a multi-million copyright infringement verdict, for one of the world's largest software companies, a victory that was named among the Daily Journal's "Top Verdicts of 2016." In 2018, and for the second consecutive year, the Daily Journal also recognized Patrick as one of the "Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California."

Patrick is committed to his community and pro bono matters, representing clients in political asylum, guardianship, and school discipline matters, and has received the Pro Bono Advocate Award from Legal Services for Children.

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Intellectual Property: Patents: Litigation (Full Coverage), Recommended
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, cum laude, 1993

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1989


Member, Business Law and Intellectual Property Sections, California Bar Association

American Bar Association

Bar Association of San Francisco

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Representative experience

Representing a software company in NDCA in patent and copyright infringement and breach of contract action involving electronic design automation technologies for integrated circuits.

Representing software company in Massachusetts Superior Court for alleged trade secret misappropriation and claims of reverse engineering relating to vulnerability databases and related technologies.

Representing major software company in multipatent infringement action in Northern District of California relating to electronic design automation technologies and tools.

Obtained plaintiff verdict of copyright infringement, US$30.4m judgment, and permanent injunction in a 3-week jury trial in NDCA involving technology for designing integrated circuits.

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