High Stakes Patent Litigation
Mike brings more than 17 years of litigation experience with an impressive record of winning high-stakes patent litigation cases and non-patent cases other against companies represented by some of the largest law firms in the world, including Jones Day, Hogan Lovells, Morriston & Foerster, Perkins Coie, and Bingham McCutcheon.
Bridges Science & Legal
Mike holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering, with a concentration in mechanical engineering, from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an M.S. in biomedical chemistry. His comprehensive and wide-ranging education in engineering and life science disciplines enables Mike to work on nearly any case on any type of technology.
AmLaw 100 Experience
Prior to joining MWM, Mike worked in the Washington D.C., San Francisco / Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles offices for two AmLaw 100 law firms representing clients in a wide variety of litigation and intellectual property matters.
Michael (Mike) Song is a trial lawyer with a passion for patent litigation. Mike has served as lead counsel in numerous cases both for and against some of the world’s largest technology companies. Eschewing formulaic roadmaps, Mike designs a litigation strategy from initial discovery, to motion practice, and ultimately through trial and appeal, that is tailored to the particular case, client, and facts. Mike works tirelessly to achieve the optimum result for his clients, and whether working by himself or whether leading and managing a team of dozens of attorneys, Mike approaches each case with the same tenacity, while not losing sight of the client’s business objectives.
Drawing from his engineering background, Mike also uses various techniques, including his love for using spreadsheets and pivot tables, to manage and process large volumes of data and enables him to present information to judges, juries, arbitrators, and mediators in a persuasive, effective, and efficient manner. Mike’s approach has led to awards recovering hundreds of millions of dollars and injunctive relief (preliminary and permanent) for his plaintiff-clients and has led to early, pre-trial resolution of claims asserted against his defendant-clients, including pre-answer walkaway settlements, motions to dismiss at the pleading stage, and on early, pre-discovery motions for summary judgment.
Mike has extensive courtroom experience, prevailing for clients in the most patent-heavy dockets in district courts throughout the country, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of California, the Central District of California, and the District of Delaware. Mike also has experience representing clients in appeals to the Ninth and Federal Circuits, ITC proceedings, inter partes review proceedings, and commercial and international arbitrations. Mike’s education in engineering, biochemistry, and the law has allowed him to advise clients and litigate matters in a vast array of technologies, from the most high tech—including telecommunication systems, semiconductor devices, computer hardware, and software, electronic banking, automotive, global positioning systems (GPS), speech recognition and optical character recognition (OCR), light-emitting diodes (LEDs), optics, medical devices, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) cases—to low tech mechanical devices—including toys, video game controllers, lighting systems, sporting goods, baby products, and other consumer goods.
While Mike’s passion is patent litigation, his experience is much deeper. Mike has broad IP and complex commercial litigation experience, including matters related to design patents, trade secrets, trademarks, trade dress, and unfair competition, as well as complex commercial and contractual disputes. Mike also has provided opinions on patent infringement claims as part of a client’s or third-party’s due diligence, counsels clients on patent portfolio management, and has negotiated pre-lawsuit licensing deals and negotiated resolution of other contractual disputes on behalf of major semiconductor companies and cell phone manufacturers.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Korean American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2016
Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2009
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit