Michael Heim

[ partner ]

Michael Heim

Michael Heim is the founding partner and managing director of the firm. He possesses a unique breadth of experience in the patent industry with more than 25 years of litigation experience, experience examining and prosecuting patents at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and a scientific background. Mike’s principal focus is intellectual property litigation, and he is known in the industry as a skilled litigator of patent cases. He has led litigation teams from complaint to judgment in federal district courts in the Eastern District of Texas and across the country, winning favorable settlements and judgments for his clients.

Mike has a degree in electrical engineering, and early in his career, served three years as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he specialized in electrical communications and computer software and hardware. He often litigates cases involving technology related to his expertise in the electronics field, including computer hardware and software and wireless communications. Particularly, he has handled cases in fields ranging from microprocessors to antenna technology to on-line gaming systems to wireless LAN. Mr. Heim has also litigated class action antitrust lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies misusing intellectual property laws to maintain exclusive rights to brand-name drugs in order to keep generic products from entering the market.

Mike has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Forbes Magazine, Thomson-Reuters’ Super Lawyers, Chambers USA, H Texas Magazine and IP Law & Business, among others. He has served as past President of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section and the Houston Intellectual Property Law Section. Mr. Heim has frequently lectured on litigation and intellectual property matters.

Representative Cases

  • MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc. v. Apple, Inc. et al (representing plaintiff)
  • Fractus, S.A. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al (represented plaintiff, obtained favorable settlements from defendants and a $23 million jury verdict against Samsung)
  • PalTalk Holdings, Inc. v. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. et al (represented plaintiff, obtained favorable settlements shortly before trial)
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation v. Lenovo (United States) Inc. et al (represented plaintiff, obtained favorable settlements shortly before trial)
  • Interval Licensing v. AOL, Inc. et al (representing plaintiff)
  • MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc. v. Intel Corporation and Dell, Inc. (represented plaintiff and obtaining a confidential settlement of the case one month before trial, which Intel disclosed in its 2005 Q3 10-Q as $300 million)
  • SuperSpeed, LLC v. IBM Corp. (represented plaintiff and obtained a favorable confidential settlement)
  • UniRAM Technology, Inc. v. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (represented plaintiff and obtained a jury verdict of $30.5 million in damages)
  • Two-Way Media vs. AOL (represented plaintiff and obtained a favorable settlement during trial, and after a successful Markman ruling)
  • In re Buspar (represented the Direct Purchaser class of plaintiffs and obtained a $220 million settlement)
  • In re Cardizem (represented the Direct Purchaser class of plaintiffs)
  • In re Remeron (represented the Direct Purchaser class of plaintiffs and obtained a favorable settlement)
  • In re Hytrin (represented the Direct Purchaser class of plaintiffs and obtained a favorable settlement)
  • Pavilion Technologies v. Computer Associates (represented plaintiff and obtained a favorable confidential settlement)
  • Vari-lite v. High End Systems (represented plaintiff and obtained a favorable confidential settlement)

Awards & Honors

  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, as published in Texas Monthly, 2004-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America (U.S. News & World Report), 2005-2017
  • Chambers USA Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2017
  • H Texas Magazine, Best Lawyers in Houston, 2004, 2006-2017
  • IP Law & Business, Best IP Lawyers in America, 2007-2017
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Texas by Forbes Magazine, 2007
  • Preeminent AV Rated by Martindale Hubble

Professional Affiliations

  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (Past President)
  • State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Association (Past President)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section)
  • Houston Bar Association