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Michael Dowler is resident in our Houston, Texas office located at 5847 San Felipe, Suite 1700, Houston, Texas 77057.

For over 20 years, Mr. Dowler has specialized in litigation and trial of highly complex IP matters, while also devoting a portion of his practice to IP acquisition, licensing, validity/infringement/enforceability opinions, portfolio management, and patent and trademark prosecution. He has served as lead counsel for clients in district courts all across the United States and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as well as the Ninth Circuit.

Last year, Mr. Dowler solely and successfully tried a three-week patent infringement case to a jury in Boise, Idaho. The jury found both asserted patents valid and infringed, and awarded substantial damages.

Mr. Dowler’s undergraduate background in electrical engineering enables him to handle highly technical cases, including matters
involving digital and analog circuits, microprocessor architecture, memory device designs, microcontrollers, graphics accelerators, memory modules, chipsets, large-scale data storage systems, KVM switches, computer interfaces and protocols, television and DVD circuitry, tape and disk drives, and the firmware/software that runs many of those hardware designs. Mr. Dowler also has worked extensively on cases related to computer system architecture, complex semiconductor fabrication processes, chemical delivery systems, telephone networks (including 2G and 3G), electromagnetic transmission systems, and business methods, including financial accounting software processes and database management systems.

Mr. Dowler also has litigation and practical experience with issues involving trademark, trade dress, copyright, unfair competition, domain name disputes and legal issues unique to Internet service providers.

Education

•  South Texas College of Law (JD, 1992)
•  Texas A&M University (BSEE, Electrical Engineering, 1987)

Representative Matters

•  Wisconsin Technology Venture Group, LLC v. FatWallet, Inc.,
xx3:12-CV-326 (W.D. Wisconsin) (2012).
•  Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network, Inc. v. BitTorrent, Inc. and Kontiki,
xxInc., 3:11-CV-2917-WHA (N.D. Cal.) (2011).
•  PakSense, Inc. v. American Thermal Instruments Co., 1:10-CV-325-WBS
xx(D. Idaho) (2010).
•  Fleming v. Escort, Inc. and Beltronics USA, Inc., 1:09-CV-105-BLW
xx(D. Idaho) (2009).
•  Rose Electronics v. Rose Electronics Ltd. and Paul Naish, 2008-18480
xx(D. Ct. Harris County, Texas, 334 Judicial District) (2008).
•  Avocent Redmond Corp. v. The United States, 1:08-CV-00069-LSM
xx(Ct. Fed. Cl.) (2008).
•  Quest Software, Inc. v. BBS Technologies, Inc. 2:07-CV-485-TJW
xx(E.D. Texas) (2007).
•  Thomson Inc. v. Guardian Media Technologies, Ltd. 07 CV 1613 WQH
xx(S.D. California) (2007).
•  Guardian Media Technologies, Ltd., v. Daewoo Electronics Corp. and
xxDaewoo Electronics America Inc. CV07-08220 AHM
xx(C.D. California) (2007).
•  Avocent Redmond Corp. v. Rose Electronics, et al. C06-1711 MJP
xx(W.D. Washington) (2006).
•  Guardian Media Technologies, Ltd. v. Kenwood Corp. and Kenwood
xxU.S.A. Corp. 06 C 0170 S (W.D. Wisconsin) (2006).
•  Epicenter Inc. v. Aten Technology, Inc., et al. 2:05-CV-8767-CJC
xx(C.D. California) (2005).

Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
•  United States Patent and Trademark Office
•  Supreme Court of Texas
•  United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
•  United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
•  United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
•  United States District Court for the District of Colorado
•  United States District Court for the District of Utah
•  United States Court of Federal Claims
•  United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Affiliations
•  Member, American Bar Association
•  Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association
•  Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
•  Member, Houston Bar Association
•  Member, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • You’ve Just Been Sued For Patent Infringement – The Top 10 Things
    To Do Now!” Intellectual Property Today (March 2008).
  • Steps to Defend an Infringement Suit.” Texas Lawyer – Executive
    Legal Advisor (November 2007).
  • Are you (or your boss) Personally Liable for Patent Infringement?
    Intellectual Property Today (April 2007), IPLaw360 and
    CompetitionLaw360 (February 2007).
  • Effective Patent Strategy Requires Thorough Review of Portfolios.”
    Texas Lawyer (April 2007).
  • Patent Audits: Discovering ‘New’ Uses For ‘Old’ IP.” Intellectual
    Property Today (August 2001).