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Michael L. Kiklis

Michael L. Kiklis

Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

Alexandria, VA, USA

Michael L. Kiklis focuses his practice on patent litigation as well as trials at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  He frequently handles high-stakes matters, having been involved in several cases in which over $1 billion was at stake.

Mr. Kiklis has twenty years of experience as an intellectual property attorney and has been involved in numerous intellectual property disputes, ranging from cross-licensing and pre- litigation negotiations to full-blown, bet-the-company litigations.  Mr. Kiklis has extensive experience in both enforcing his clients’ rights as well as defending his clients.  Before joining Oblon Spivak, he was an IP litigation partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP in the firm’s D.C. office.

With a strong background in computer science, Mr. Kiklis also has extensive experience in software patent matters. Prior to entering law school, he worked as a software developer for six years at some of the computer industry’s leading companies.

Mr. Kiklis is a frequent lecturer and author on cutting-edge intellectual property issues, including the Supreme Court’s patent law jurisprudence, patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, as well as the new contested proceedings at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  In fact, he is the author of The Supreme Court on Patent Law, which has been called “a great resource” that fills “a critical gap in our understanding of modern American patent law.”  He is also a co-author of the firm’s Post- Grant Patent practice group.

Mr. Kiklis is also active in pro bono matters. In coordination with the International Senior Lawyers Project, he taught the first-ever intellectual property class in the LLM Program of the National University of Rwanda and served as the thesis advisor to several LLM students.


Represented a software company in the successful enforcement of its patent against virtually an entire industry of over thirty companies—including Microsoft and IBM—in two patent litigations in the Eastern District of Texas, resulting in favorable settlements

Represented a major computer company in its landmark antitrust case against Microsoft, resulting in a $1.95 billion settlement

Co-counsel on the first Covered Business Method Patent Proceeding filed at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Currently representing clients in several Covered Business Method Patent and Inter Partes

Review proceedings before the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Represented a national organization of legal professionals as co-author of a Supreme Court amicus brief in Bilski & Warsaw v. Kappos

Represented a financial services company in defense of a claim of patent infringement on a business method patent, resulting in a favorable settlement

Represented a trade association as co-author of a Supreme Court amicus brief in Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc.

Represented several large software/computer companies in cross-licensing negotiations with IBM and other high technology companies

Represented a large computer company as opinion counsel in defense of a software patent infringement case where over $1 billion was at stake; the plaintiff dropped its willfulness claim.


Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, named to its list of the top 1000 patent attorneys in the world; recognized in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area for his patent Litigation work  (2014)

Listed as one of 2013 and 2014's IP Stars in the United States, as well as Virginia, by Managing Intellectual Property.

Computer Science Distinguished Alumni Award given at the 30th anniversary celebration of Computer Science at Boston University Metropolitan College.

Recipient, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Society's Rossman Award given to the author of the article in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society that makes the greatest contribution to the field of patents, trademarks or copyrights.

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern  District of Virginia


J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, magna cum laude
M.S., Computer Science, Boston University,
B.S., Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Professional  Affiliations American  Bar  Association

Michael L. Kiklis is associated with the following items:
Transcripts  Transcripts Discovery Practice Before the PTAB - Discovery Practice Before the PTAB, Wednesday, April 03, 2013
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters PTAB Trial Mechanics - USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2015, Thursday, March 26, 2015
Web Segment  Web Segment PTAB Trial Mechanics – Discovery, Motion Practice, Amendment - USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2015, Monday, April 20, 2015
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio PTAB Trial Mechanics – Discovery, Motion Practice, Amendment - PTAB Trial Mechanics – Discovery, Motion Practice, Amendment , Monday, April 20, 2015
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg PTAB Trial Mechanics – Discovery, Motion Practice, Amendment - PTAB Trial Mechanics – Discovery, Motion Practice, Amendment , Monday, April 20, 2015
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2015, Friday, May 01, 2015, San Francisco, CA
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