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Michael J. Abernathy

K&L Gates LLP
Global Co-Leader, Intellectual Property
Chicago, IL, USA

Michael J. Abernathy concentrates his practice in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and antitrust litigation. He is a Global Practice Area Leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  He has extensive first chair trial experience and is highly sought after by clients facing significant “bet-the-company” litigation. He has successfully tried cases to juries on both coasts and in the Midwest. He also has substantial trial experience with Section 337 investigations in the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Based on his 30 years of litigation experience, Mr. Abernathy frequently advises corporations on the strategic use of IP assets, licensing programs and patent due diligence issues. He also has litigated emergency injunction proceedings involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices, computer software, certification marks, domain names, trademark counterfeiting and industrial espionage.

Mr. Abernathy has extensive involvement with a variety of technologies, including renal, infusion and pulmonary devices, medical diagnostic systems, pharmaceuticals, image processing systems, computer chips, microprocessing clocking, geographical information systems, vehicle tracking systems, network verification systems, stem cells, power tools, crude oil desalting, metrology systems, paper chemistry, security systems, automobile braking systems, network management software programs, computer interfaces, progressive gaming systems and Internet-based business methods.


J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1982 (With Honors)
B.A., Benedictine University, 1979 (magna cum laude)

  • IAM Patent 1000 for District Court and ITC Litigation
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer for Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Illinois Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property Litigation

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