MIKE BETTINGER is a partner in Sidley’s San Francisco office and heads the firm’s West Coast Technology and Life Sciences Transactions practice. Mike is a leading national trial lawyer for patent and intellectual property cases. He has tried 30 cases to verdict, securing notable jury trial wins in Federal courts throughout the U.S. for premier technology companies in the telecommunications, computer, software, semiconductor and healthcare industries.
Representative trial wins
Mike delivered a jury verdict of non-infringement and invalidity for Microsoft in a patent case involving Xbox video technology filed by competitor Biscotti in the Eastern District of Texas. He secured a defense jury verdict for Baxter Healthcare in a patent case involving intravenous drug pump technology filed by Carefusion in the Southern District of California. That 2012 win was selected by the Daily Journal as a “California Top Ten Defense Verdict.” Mike chalked up a jury defense verdict of non-infringement and no trade secret misappropriation for Microsoft in a patent secret case involving videoconferencing technology filed by competitor Placeware in the Northern District of California. He has also scored jury defense verdicts of non-infringement for Varian subsidiary Z-Axis in a medical device patent case filed by competitor Nomos in the District of Massachusetts, and for Novatel in a modem technology case filed by competitor DNT in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Mike’s trial wins reach beyond patent cases. He notched a landmark jury defense verdict for Abercrombie & Fitch in a trademark case filed by Levi Strauss & Co in the Northern District of California, involving Levi’s “famous” trademark for its back-pocket stitching design. The Daily Journal selected this first-of-its-kind trial win as a “California Top Ten Defense Verdict” in 2009.
Mike’s patent trial wins also extend to the International Trade Commission where, as lead counsel, he has obtained Initial Decisions of non-infringement, all affirmed by the Commission, for Amazon in a patent case filed by TPL involving semiconductor technology; Kodak in a patent case filed by Apple involving digital camera technology; STMicroelectronics in a patent case filed by Rambus involving semiconductor technology; Nanya in a patent case filed by LSI/Agere involving semiconductor fabrication technology; and Silicon Motion in a patent case filed by SanDisk involving semiconductor technology.
Mike’s trial successes have resulted in a wide range of recognitions.
Mike is consistently recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leader in Intellectual Property, having garnered the award every year from 2013 – 2021. The Daily Journal has recognized Mike as one of “California’s Top 100 Lawyers” on three separate occasions, in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and as one of the “Top 50 IP Litigators” every year since 2007. Mike has been named among The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2015 and among Best Lawyers in Northern California for Intellectual Property Litigation every year since 2004 as well as Patent and Trademark Law in 2022. He has also been recognized as one of the world’s leading patent professionals by IAM Patent 1000 annually since 2012.
In 2019, the Daily Journal named Mike among its “Top Trade Secrets Lawyers” and Managing IP labeled Mike as a “Patent Star” in the Medical Devices category. The 2019 edition of IAM 1000 The World’s Leading Patent Professionals wrote, “Of Michael Bettinger, one source comments: ‘I love working with him – he’s the consummate professional with a lot of common sense and an everyman touch.’ In 2020, The Best Lawyers in America named Mike “Lawyer of The Year” for Trademark Law.