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
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.
• South Texas College of Law (JD, 1992)
• Texas A&M University (BSEE, Electrical Engineering, 1987)
• 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 Publications & Speaking Engagements
• 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
• "You've Just Been Sued For Patent Infringement - The Top 10 Things
xxTo Do Now!" Intellectual Property Today (March 2008).
• "Steps to Defend an Infringement Suit." Texas Lawyer - Executive
xxLegal Advisor (November 2007).
• "Are you (or your boss) Personally Liable for Patent Infringement?"
xxIntellectual Property Today (April 2007), IPLaw360 and
xxCompetitionLaw360 (February 2007).
• "Effective Patent Strategy Requires Thorough Review of Portfolios."
xxTexas Lawyer (April 2007).
• "Patent Audits: Discovering 'New' Uses For 'Old' IP." Intellectual
xxProperty Today (August 2001).
Publications & Speaking Engagements