Michael J. McKeon is a nationally recognized intellectual property and trial attorney. For more than 25 years, Mr. McKeon has represented the world's most well-known high technology companies in their most complex and significant disputes, often with billions of dollars at stake. He has successfully tried dozens of jury and bench trials leading trial teams in intellectual property matters in U.S. district courts throughout the country and at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Mr. McKeon also regularly appears on behalf of clients at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. McKeon has a long record of success representing clients in district court through jury trial wins, while also working to develop paths to victory before trial. He has successfully represented clients in over fifty ITC cases both as complainants (securing ITC exclusion orders against clients' competitors) and respondents (clearing clients of alleged violation). Mr. McKeon's results for his clients are often victory through complex, multi-forum strategies, including parallel actions in district and state courts as well as the ITC. In addition to his decades of trial work, Mr. McKeon is a highly regarded strategist with a long track record of developing areas of law on behalf of his clients. Some notable examples include his work in the ITC and on appeal in pushing to change the well-entrenched ITC practice of issuing remedies against products of non-respondents, which resulted in the Federal Circuit's Kyocera decision. He has also worked across numerous ITC cases obtaining Commission clarity on the appropriate scope of the domestic industry requirement in ITC proceedings.
After graduation from engineering school in 1990, Mr. McKeon started his intellectual property career as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and continued to work full-time while attending law school at the George Washington University Law School where he graduated in the top 1% of his class. Mr. McKeon was a judicial clerk to the Honorable William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. McKeon has been with Fish & Richardson since completing his clerkship where he has been instrumental in the firm's growth from 120 lawyers in a few offices to over 380 in a dozen offices nationwide. Mr. McKeon is a member of the firm's Management Committee.
Mr. McKeon is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School where he developed and is teaching the highly successful and first law school class in the country dedicated to section 337 cases before the ITC. Mr. McKeon also serves as chair of the intellectual property advisory board at the George Washington University Law School. In 2014, Mr. McKeon was inducted into the University of Connecticut's Academy of Distinguished Engineers and he currently serves as a member of the advisory board for UCONN's school of engineering.
Mr. McKeon was born and raised in Niantic, Connecticut. He now lives with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. McKeon is a music lover and running enthusiast (including completing many marathons) and is passionate about the United States of America and its founding.
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