Michael T. Zoppo focuses his practice on the IP needs of financial services companies nationwide, whether that means taking a case to trial, developing an IP portfolio, or strategic counseling.
As a trial lawyer with first-chair experience and versed in a broad range of technologies, Michael frequently serves as lead counsel in high profile cases with millions of dollars at stake. Because cases between competitors often give rise to more than just patent claims, Michael has also litigated trade secret, Lanham Act, breach of contract, defamation, and fraud claims.
Michael has scored big wins for major financial institutions, including insurance companies, banks, and national exchanges. Some of his successes include:
Michael represented an options exchange facing over a billion dollars in alleged damages and led pre-trial proceedings that forced the patentee to consent to adverse judgment moments before opening statements. The Federal Circuit affirmed the judgment and the District Court awarded over six million dollars in attorneys' fees to Michael's client. The National Law Journal profiled this win in its selection of Fish & Richardson to its 2015 Intellectual Property Hot List.
In a case where an insurance company faced both patent and non-patent claims leading to a nine-figure damages model, Michael obtained complete summary judgment of non-infringement leading to an extremely favorable settlement of all claims against his client. When that same insurance company faced another allegation of patent infringement—this time with an eight-figure damages model—Michael was called on again to lead the defense, obtaining the invalidation of the asserted patent and affirmance by the Federal Circuit.
In addition to being a Principal in the litigation practice group, Michael is a registered patent lawyer and counsels startup companies to Fortune 100 companies regarding their intellectual property portfolios. He has been brought in to oversee the prosecution of key patent applications as well as to guide portfolio development and monetization. Utilizing his litigation and prosecution background, Michael has an active post-grant practice and has first-chaired multiple AIA trials.
Before focusing his practice on litigation and counseling, Michael spent several years prosecuting patent applications in technical disciplines such as power systems, chemistry, aircraft propulsion, and semiconductors. Prior to entering the legal field, Michael founded a startup that offered web-based auction services.
Michael lives in Cedar Grove, New Jersey with his wife and their twin sons.
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