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Michelle Dawson

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Biography

Protecting your technology is key, but you also have other business goals and challenges. I enjoy crafting a plan to achieve your goals that is in line with your business objectives. It can be daunting consulting with a technology lawyer, but I focus on putting you at ease and making you comfortable with all the relevant aspects of the law that should inform your path forward. I will help you understand the legal jargon and strategic considerations in crafting a solution, so you are sure you are making the best decision for your company and your future.

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Winner, Giles S. Rich National Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition
  • University of Minnesota
    • M.S.
    • Major: Health Services Research Policy & Administration
  • University of Minnesota
    • B.A.
    • Major: Biology, English and Latin

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • IP Contracts & Licensing
  • IP Consulting
  • Prosecution
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board Proceedings

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan

Honors

  • Rising Stars – Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2013-2018
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer – for Pro Bono Service, 2013-2014

Representative Matters

  • Representing a company with MRI technology that the purchaser failed to commercialize post-acquisition
  • Representing a company in patent infringement actions against 2 multinational companies relating to gaming technology
  • Represented life sciences company pursuing trade secret misappropriation claims relating to cell culture devices;
  • Obtained multi-million-dollar jury verdict in favor of client, prevailing on all counts, in patent infringement action relating to inkjet dark fabric transfer technology;
  • Represented accused infringer in a patent infringement action related to USB storage devices;
  • Represented plaintiff in infringement matter relating to formatted magnetic data storage tapes; settled during trail;
  • Won summary judgment of non-infringement on patent relating to self-nanoemulsified drug delivery system; affirmed on appeal;
  • Represented plaintiff in an action involving a patent directed to electronic braking systems; successfully secured a Federal Circuit ruling of infringement and validity;
  • Represented plaintiff in actions against several defendants involving a patent directed to the physical chemical structure of an animal nutrition product; obtained a jury verdict of willful infringement and obtained treble damages;
  • Represented plaintiff in an action involving patents directed to decision-making software; case settled on terms favorable to client;
  • Represented defendant in an action involving a patent related to internet software; obtained a summary judgment of non-infringement;
  • Represented defendant in action relating to patent on computer storage systems; obtained favorable settlement and dismissal;
  • Represented defendant in an action involving a patent related to fertilizer formulations; plaintiff stipulated to noninfringement based on the Court’s Markman order;
  • Represented defendant in action involving patents relating to decision making software; case settled on terms favorable to client;
  • Represented patent owner in an infringement action relating to LED light technology;
  • Represented patent owner in an infringement action relating to point of sale (POS) systems;
  • Represented accused infringer in a patent action and co-pending IPR relating to precision agriculture technology. Successfully invalidated all claims of the three asserted patents in IPR and ultimately a stipulated dismissal of the litigation

Classes & Seminars

  • Taught patent law at University of St. Thomas