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Michael Lennon

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Intellectual Property




Michael’s practice focuses on complex litigation, licensing and business transactions relating to intellectual property rights. 

Over his more than three decades of practicing law, Michael has represented and acted as an advisor to numerous multinational technology companies in industries ranging from medical devices to wind power systems. In transactional matters, Michael acts as both legal counsel and as a strategic advisor to his clients, and he has negotiated numerous agreements relating to the acquisition, licensing and monetization of intellectual property. He has appeared as trial counsel in more than 100 patent infringement, trade secret, licensing and patent-antitrust lawsuits in the United States federal district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, representing, among other clients, Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Ltd.; Boston Scientific Corporation; Daimler AG; Hewlett Packard; Intel Corp.; Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC; Siemens AG; and the Robert Bosch Group and Volkswagen Group companies.

Michael’s accomplishments and experience as a leading IP litigation attorney and strategic advisor have been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property (a New York “IP Star”), The US Legal 500 (a “leading lawyer,” “hugely experienced,” “first-rate trial lawyer,” and an elite "Leading Lawyer"), Chambers & Partners USA (“universally recommended as ‘a professional of high standing in the IP world’”), U.S. News and World Report - Best Lawyers in America®, IAM 250: The World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers, and IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, as well as IAM 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists

Michael is the author of many articles on the subject of intellectual property licensing and litigation and the development and implementation of IP strategies, and the treatise Drafting Technology Patent License Agreements published by Wolters Kluwer. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the Licensing Executives Society, among others.


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Licensing Executives Society


  • JD, 1974, Fordham University School of Law
  • BS, 1969, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn

United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage

Within: Patent litigation: full coverage

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is particularly experienced in district court litigation, but also shows strength in appellate work; Hatch-Waxman litigation is another key area. Washington DC’s John Hutchins is defending Apple in litigation against Limestone Memory Systems and is also representing the client in the corresponding IPR proceeding. In New York, Michael Lennon successfully assisted defendant Volkswagen Group of America in an infringement litigation involving multiple IPRs against West View Research regarding patents on a wireless apparatus and a display apparatus. Susan Smith in Washington DC and John Flock in New York are also noted. Clients include Kawasaki Rail Car and Volusion.

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Patents: licensing

Within: Leading lawyers

Michael Lennon - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Within: Patents: licensing

The ‘very responsive’ team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is ‘willing to go the extra mile’ and has in-depth experience in technology licencing matters. Jeff Dodd and Edward Colbert, based in Houston and Washington DC respectively, direct the team which includes the ‘creative’ and ‘thorough’ Washington DC-based Ping Wang who has ‘deep understanding of drug patenting’. Other practitioners to note are Gary Abelev and Michael Lennon in New York, Shawn O’Dowd in Washington DC and Gregory Porter in Houston. In a recent highlight, the group advised Dr. Jack Arbiser and his company Natuderm on the negotiation of several licences and option agreements with pharmaceutical companies in the dermatology sector. Sean Wooden joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Michael Ye joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.

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