Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP | USA
Michael Rueckheim is a patent litigator with a high-level background in technology. Before becoming a lawyer, Michael obtained nearly ten years of experience focusing on trouble-shooting issues with high-tech instrumentation such as plasma etchers (as a semiconductor process technician) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometers (as an analytical research chemist). Michael has achieved success for his clients across the country and was named “Litigator of the Week” honorable mention by The American Lawyer in connection with obtaining a jury trial win in a competitor patent case that also spanned into multiple PTAB, ITC and CIT matters.
Michael focuses his practice on patent litigation, post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board, ITC actions and related intellectual property and trade secret matters. For example, Michael was recently named a “Litigator of the Week” honorable mention by The American Lawyer in connection with obtaining a jury trial win in a competitor patent case that also included related PTAB and ITC matters. Michael followed this win by obtaining significant post-trial awards for his client, including treble damages, attorneys’ fees and an injunction. With his technology background, Michael practices in a wide variety of industry sectors, including telecommunications and electronics, hardware and software, semiconductors, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and manufacturing processes.
Michael has guided clients through all stages of the litigation and post-grant processes from pre-suit investigations to jury trials and ITC hearings, and through appeals of each up to the Federal Circuit. Michael has had great success in presenting and crossing fact and expert witnesses at trial and deposition, preparing trial strategies, arguing key motions and claim construction (Markman) positions, and advising clients in inter partes review proceedings. Prior to joining Winston, Michael focused on patent litigation at two nationally ranked firms in New York and Texas.