About 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 30 years of litigation experience, coupled with extensive experience developing strategies for managing and enforcing patent portfolios. Mike’s principal focus is intellectual property litigation, and he is known in the industry as a skilled litigator of complex 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 also has extensive experience handling appeals in patent cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
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 examining patent applications involving 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 such as microprocessors, video processors, antenna technology, multi-player on-line gaming systems, wireless LANs and Bluetooth technology. 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.