J. Michael Heinlen

J. Michael Heinlen

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Partner

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
    214.969.2539
    214.999.9085
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Michael Heinlen focuses his practice on commercial litigation and appellate matters, specifically focusing on intellectual property and art law. He has significant expertise handling patent litigation matters, particularly matters involving semiconductor and cell phone technology. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Michael received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, his M.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and his B.A. in Art History from Denison University. He taught Medieval and Northern Renaissance Art History for several years at the University of North Texas and served as an art historian. In addition to his intellectual property practice, Michael has a robust art law practice. He is one of the founding members of Arts Counsel Texas, a nonprofit organization aimed at providing a bridge between the legal and artistic communities of North Texas.

Experience

  • Represented a hardware storage manufacturer and one of its customers in proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission related to bond pad technology; obtained initial and final determinations of no violation related to the bond pad patent
  • Represented a leading wireless handset manufacturer and telecommunications infrastructure-equipment company in a patent infringement lawsuit related to cellular-transmission protocols; obtained jury verdict of invalidity of all asserted patent claims; confirmed on appeal
  • Represented client in a patent infringement lawsuit related to online-purchasing software; obtained summary judgment of invalidity
  • Represented a hardware storage manufacturer and one of its customers in proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission related to manufacture of semiconductor devices; obtained initial and final determinations of no violation related to seven patents; confirmed on appeal
  • Represented client in a patent infringement litigation related to graphic-user-interfaces; obtained jury verdict of invalidity; confirmed on appeal
  • Represented client in a patent infringement lawsuit involving alarm-monitoring equipment; obtained take-nothing judgment of noninfringement; confirmed on appeal
  • Represented a software developer in a copyright-infringement action
  • Represented a law firm in legal malpractice litigation related to patent prosecution
  • Represented a major U.S. transportation firm in an insurance coverage dispute over claims arising from the 9/11 disaster
  • Represented an international food manufacturer for business interruption after one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Art History, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 1992-1998; Art History Division Coordinator, 1995, 1997-1998; Professing Women Award, 1995 and 1996

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, Scribes

  • Member, American Bar Association; Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Intellectual Property Section

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Insurance Law Section, Intellectual Property Section, Appellate Section

  • Member, DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar

  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel

  • President, Arts Counsel Texas

  • Former Board Member and President, Housing Crisis Center