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Palo Alto, CA – Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Michael A. Molano has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Intellectual Property practice in Palo Alto. Previously, he was a partner with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.

Mr. Molano’s practice focuses on patent and trade secret litigation in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission (ITC), with particular emphasis on software and the electrical arts.  An experienced patent prosecutor, he also counsels clients regarding IP aspects of corporate transactions; patent infringement, validity and clearance opinions; patent and trade secret audits; and IP due diligence studies.

“Mike is an immensely talented and versatile patent litigator with a proven track record of success in the technology space,” said Edward (Ward) Johnson, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s Palo Alto office. “His deep knowledge and experience across a broad range of intellectual property issues will enhance our ability to serve the needs of our clients in the Silicon Valley and beyond.”

Mr. Molano was a partner in Mayer Brown’s Palo Alto office from 2003-2009. “I welcome the opportunity to work once again with a truly exceptional group of lawyers at Mayer Brown, both in Palo Alto and across the firm,” he said.  “The growth of Mayer Brown’s IP practice, most recently through the addition of 13 IP lawyers from the highly regarded practice at Howrey, is truly impressive.  I look forward to adding my experience and skills to this outstanding global platform.”

Mr. Molano’s representative cases include:


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology v. Still River Systems, Inc. (D. Mass.) Representing Still River Systems, Inc. against assertion of a high-energy particle accelerator patent (pending);
  • IpVenture v. Prostar Computer, et al. (C.D. Cal.) Represented computer manufacturer Prostar  against assertion of a patent related to methods for thermal and power management (favorable settlement);
  • Xpoint Technologies, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., et al. (D. Del.) Representing Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. against assertion of a client/server data traffic patent (favorable settlement);
  • Koninklijke Philips Electronics N V et al v. Poso Media Llc (C.D. Cal.) Represented Phillips in assertion of patents related to manufacturing of optical information carriers (won summary judgment);
  • Koninklijke Philips Electronics N V et al v. Power Media Cd Tek Inc et al (C.D. Cal.) Represented Phillips in assertion of patents related to manufacturing of optical information carriers (won summary judgment); and
  • IBM v. Conner Peripherals (N.D. Cal.) Represented Conner Peripherals in patent action related to disk drive technologies.


  • Investpic LLC v. Algorithmics (U.S.), Inc. et al. (D. Del.) Representing Calypso Technology, Inc. against assertion a patent related to the delivery of financial information (pending);
  • Curriculum Associates LLC v. LetsGoLearn, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) Representing Curriculum Associates LLC in breach of contract action related to electronic educational programs ( pending);
  • Cryptography Research, Inc. v. Visa Service International Association (N.D. Cal.) Represented Visa against an assertion of seven cryptography patents related to smartcards (favorable settlement);
  • Digital Choice Of Texas, LLC v. Sichuan Changhong Electric Co., Ltd., et al (E.D. Tex.) Represented Coby Electronics Corporation against assertion of patents related to methods of screening content (favorable settlement);
  • Innovative Biometric Technology, LLC v. Lenovo (United States), Inc. and Fujitsu America, Inc. (S.D. Fla.) Representing Lenovo against assertion of a biometric matching patent (favorable settlement);
  • IPLearn, LLC v. Ask Jeeves, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) Represented IPLearn in patent action related to natural-language searching processes;
  • Electronics for Imaging, Inc. v. Compose Systems, Inc. et al. (N.D. Cal.) Represented Compose in patent action related to color management and processing between color devices; and
  • Hilgraeve v. Symantec Corporation (E.D. Mich.) Represented Symantec in patent action related to antivirus software.

Mr. Molano speaks frequently at legal and industry conferences and writes extensively for trade journals and legal publications. He received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and a JD degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law.