is a Partner in Husch Blackwell LLP’s St. Louis office and belongs to the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry group.. During his 20-plus years as an attorney providing intellectual property consultation and litigation counsel, Mike has represented clients in a number of industries and technologies, including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, agricultural and construction equipment, building materials, consumer products, food and beverage products and processing, as well as electronics and telecommunication systems. Mike leads the firm’s Animal Health team, and the bulk of his work in this area relates to licensing and related disputes, allegations of patent validity and infringement, and false advertising claims.
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Ultimately, the jury’s large damage award might not be the lasting storyline of this case. Apple’s “victory” here shows that well-crafted design patents can offer broad protections against even slight infringements by competitors, and that a well-written design patent and a well-argued case can provide tremendous benefits to the patent owners. Given the relatively inexpensive design patent process and what will only be continued speculation as to how these damages should be calculated, a design patent remains a great defense in the face of even limited infringement by market competitors.