Michael E. Attaya

Partner

e: mattaya@c-m.com

p: 617-951-3030

f: 617-951-3927

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Industries

Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law (J.D., 1986)

  • Texas A&M University (B.S.E.E., 1983)

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1986

  • District of Massachusetts 1987

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 1991

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1985

Michael is a registered patent attorney and a former managing partner of the firm.  His practice is concentrated litigation, infringement/validity investigations and opinions, product clearance/freedom to operate investigations and opinions, IP litigation, patent prosecution, IP aspects of transactions, inter partes review and ex parte reexamination, and client counseling.

He has significant experience with a wide range of technologies including home automation, smart energy management, electronics, software, wireless and wireline communications, digital signal processing including GPS, data storage systems, graphical programming environments, and consumer products. 

Representative Matters

  • Lead outside IP counsel for a client’s acquisition of a large lighting business.  Focused on due diligence regarding substantial patent and trademark portfolios transferred with the business, negotiation of a long term trademark license under marks retained by the seller, and IP aspects of third party financing.

  • Led a multi-year, national enforcement campaign for a client who licensed consumer product patents.  The campaign resulted in accused infringers withdrawing from the market, turning over or destroying their remaining inventories, and compensating the client for past infringement.

  • Represented a client who engaged the firm on a short deadline to seek reexamination of four patents, all related to wireless communications, which had already been asserted against the client in district court.  Located a highly relevant prior art reference that was unavailable on the web except for a single copy in the records of the PTO.  Reexaminations led to settlement on favorable terms.

  • Represented a client who filed a declaratory judgment action on multiple patents, all related to graphical programming environments, owned by a litigious, much larger competitor.  In an early stage of the litigation identified two patents owned by a third party which were infringed by the declaratory judgment defendant.  Assisted the client in approaching the third party and acquiring the patents which were then added to the case, leading to settlement on highly favorable terms.