Michael A. Morales
Michael A. Morales joined Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property litigation group in 2019. Michael represents clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including patent, copyright, false advertising and trade secret disputes. His experience includes pre-suit investigations; drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs; drafting written discovery requests and responses; preparing for and conducting depositions; and preparing for hearings.
Michael has worked on litigation in federal district courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the International Trade Commission. In addition to litigation matters, Michael advises clients on issues including standard-essential patents and licensing. His experience covers a range of technical fields, including image sensor technology, consumer entertainment devices, network architectures and devices, ridesharing services.
Michael also maintains a pro bono practice spanning various areas of the law, including wrongful conviction, immigration, adoption, and copyright infringement
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, and during law school, Michael worked as a patent agent, prosecuting patents related to semiconductor and computer networking technology. Michael also worked as an electrical engineer for an industry leader in aerospace and defense technology and satellite communication systems. Michael was the editor-in-chief of the Touro Law Review and graduated summa cum laude. He also served as a judicial intern for the Eastern District of New York.
- Certain Electronic Devices, Including Streaming Players, Televisions, Set Top Boxes, Remote Controllers, and Components Thereof (337-TA-1200) – Defending Roku Inc. against claims of infringement in a six-patent case relating to remote control programming technology.
- Cellect LLC v. Samsung Electronics (D. Col., Reexaminations 90/014,452 – 457 ) – Representing Samsung Electronics in a case involving eleven patents directed to cameras in smartphones and tablets. Filed ex parte reexaminations challenging five of the patents on double patenting grounds.
- A Major Multinational Cybersecurity Company v. Packet Intelligence LLC (N.D. Cal.) – Representing one of the world’s leading cybersecurity companies in an action for a declaratory judgment of non-infringement of five patents directed to network monitoring and analysis, which patents had been litigated through trial against others in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Author, Note, “Solving the Riddle! Bridging the Gap in the Federal Circuit’s Definition of ‘Regular and Established Place of Business’ to Prevent Patent Trolls from Forum Shopping,” 34 Touro Law Review, 569 (2018)
- JD, summa cum laude, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, 2019; Editor-in-Chief, Touro Law Review
- BS (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2014
Admissions / Qualifications
- New York, 2019
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office