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Haynes and Boone, LLP

Michael D. Karson

Michael D. Karson



  • Intellectual Property

WSG Practice Industries


Mike Karson is a trial lawyer in the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone. He has experience in intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret misappropriation cases involving a broad and diverse set of technologies that include mobile device management for wireless devices, wireless smart electricity metering, industrial cooling equipment, data communications including optical network communications, piston coatings for use in internal combustion engines, and LTE cellular communications and equipment, among others.

Mike has been part of numerous trial teams. Recently, he was part of a trial team that obtained a large jury verdict in a case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas involving virtual reality technology and intellectual property. He also helped obtain judgment of non-infringement in a large patent case.

Mike also has experience in complex, multidistrict litigation matters. He was an integral member of the team that handled a large patent multidistrict litigation case.

In addition to his trial experience, Mike has also prepared cases for favorable resolution before trial. In that regard, he has extensive experience in all phases of pre-trial litigation including pre-suit investigations, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, and final pre-trial preparations. He has argued at Markman hearings in multiple jurisdictions and questioned both friendly and hostile witnesses at trial.

In addition to his law degree, Mike holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Bar Admissions

Texas; Illinois; District of Columbia


J.D., John Marshall Law School, 2009, magna cum laude; Managing Editor, The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property; National Winner, Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, 2009; First Place, Dean Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition, 2008; Outstanding Advocate, National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, 2008
Electrical Engineer, M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa, 2006
Electrical Engineer, B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Iowa, 2004
Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Selected Client Representations*

Represented video game maker in copyright, trademark, and breach of contract case involving virtual reality technology. Obtained large jury verdict.

Represented smartphone maker in patent litigation involving mobile device management. Obtained judgment as a matter of law of non-infringement.

Represented owner of certain smart electricity metering patents in multidistrict patent litigation. Cases resolved shortly before first trial.

Represented manufacturer of industrial cooling equipment in patent litigation against industry competitor.

Represented auto manufacturer in patent litigation involving solid film lubricants and engine piston coatings. The court ruled favorably on the vast majority of claim construction issues.

Represented bakery equipment manufacturer in patent litigation relating to equipment for processing bread dough.

Represented commercial real estate companies in patent litigation relating to online geographic searching.

Represented entertainment firm in contract dispute regarding distribution of motion pictures. Obtained mandatory preliminary injunction and defeated motions to stay the injunction. Case settled.

Represented a leading document imaging manufacturer in patent litigation relating to Ethernet technology. Case settled.

Defended smartphone maker in Section 337 Investigation before the International Trade Commission relating to authentication systems in mobile devices. Favorable settlement achieved.

* Some of these representations were handled by Mike prior to his joining Haynes and Boone.

Supreme Court: U.S. Patent Rights May Be Exhausted Notwithstanding Post-Sale Restrictions or International Sales
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that United States patent rights are exhausted by the sale of a product by the patentee or its licensee “regardless of any restrictions the patentee purports to impose or the location of the sale.” Impression Prods., Inc. v. Lexmark Int’l, Inc., No. 15 1189, slip op. at 2 (U.S. May 30, 2017). In so doing, the Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s February 2016, en banc decision...

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