Michael Horikawa is a senior associate in the law firm's Intellectual Property practice and is located in the Los Angeles office. He handles all aspects of patent, copyright, and trademark law, focusing on computer-related technologies and consumer electronics, including hardware, software, computer-implemented business methods, video games, smartphones and wireless communication, networking, storage devices, optical disc devices and multimedia search technology. His experience includes:
- Representing clients in patent and other IP litigation in Federal District Court and the International Trade Commission, and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, most often involving numerous parties and a multitude of patents.
- Preparing patent infringement opinions, validity opinions, and petitions for the Inter Partes Review.
- Counseling clients regarding all IP-related legal aspects, domestic and international, concerning a wide array of technologies.
- Drafting license, software and web site development, and other internet-related agreements.
- Prosecuting trademark and copyright applications.
- Spearheading IP Due Diligence in respect to corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Michael has been involved in a number of patent litigation cases in various jurisdictions including California (C.D. and N.D. Cal.); Delaware; Georgia; New Jersey; and Texas (E.D. Tex.).
Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as a Law Clerk for the Intellectual Property Unit in the General Counsel Division at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. He has also served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Loyola Law School, where he used empirical and statistical analysis to study patent litigation trends.
- Super Lawyers, Southern California Rising Stars (2014-2016)
USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute (Planning Committee Member, 2015-2017), Japanese American Bar Association, Japan America Society of Southern California
Law Clerk for the Intellectual Property Unit, General Counsel Division, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office