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J. Michael Keyes

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Seattle, WA, USA


Mike Keyes is a partner with a national litigation and trial practice where he represents a wide array of firm clients in cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, unfair competition, and false advertising. Mr. Keyes has litigated numerous cases throughout the country including in the U.S. District Courts of California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Florida, Tennessee, Illinois, Alaska, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

Recently, Mr. Keyes was trial counsel for Kraft Foods in a highly-publicized false advertising case that was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and also covered by the likes of The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times. Mr. Keyes was also trial counsel for Abercrombie & Fitch in a high-profile case in California federal court brought by Levi Strauss & Co. involving claims of unfair competition, trademark infringement, and dilution. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Abercrombie & Fitch on all claims. The case was profiled in the Daily Journal—California’s largest legal publication—as one of the Top 10 “Defense Wins” in California that year.

Mr. Keyes’ intellectual property clients also include the likes of Rovio Entertainment, Ltd (of Angry Birds® fame), Hall of Fame Major League Slugger George Brett, Helly Hansen, The North Face, Nestle, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Novatel Wireless, Esprit, Quest Diagnostics, Red Lion Hotels, and Cervecería Modelo (the manufacturer of Corona® Beer).

In addition to his trial and counseling experience, Mr. Keyes is also an active member of the copyright and trademark litigation bar. He is the past chair of the American Bar Association Copyright Litigation Committee, the past chair of the Washington State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, and the co-editor of, and contributing author to, the forthcoming American Bar Association Copyright Litigation Deskbook. He is frequently invited to present on issues involving copyright and trademark law at national conferences and was once again one of the lawyer panelists featured at the American Bar Association’s Spring Intellectual Property Conference in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Keyes is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Gonzaga University where he has taught and lectured on trademark law, false advertising, and other intellectual property topics. He has published several articles and papers on intellectual property law including: The Expanded Scope of Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction in Trademark Cases After MedImmune v. Genentech, ABA IP Litigation Newsletter, Winter 2008; Musical Musings: The Case For Rethinking Music Copyright Protection (published in the University of Michigan Technology Law Review), The Law of Copyright Damages (presented at a conference sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association), and The Annual Review of Copyright Law Developments (published by the American Bar Association, 2009) (contributing author).

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND


Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mike served as a law clerk for Hon. Chief Justice Gerry L. Alexander of the Washington State Supreme Court from 1999-2000.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • Presenter, Washington State Bar Association IP Institute, “Design and Use of Consumer Surveys in Lanham Act Case--Recent Developments”, Seattle, WA March 2014
  • Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, “Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era”, San Francisco, CA, July 2013
  • Presenter, American Intellectual Property Law Association 2013 Spring Meeting, “Use of Non-Patent Literature During Patent Examination—Fair or Infringing?”, Seattle, WA, May 2013
  • Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, “Understanding Copyright in the Data Era”, San Francisco, CA, July 2012.
  • Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, University of Chicago, “Copyright Enforcement in the Data Era”, Chicago, IL, June 2012.
  • Panelist, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Spring Conference, “Trollings, Take Downs, and Transfers: An Audiovisual Odyssey Through The World of Copyright,”, Arlington, VA, March 2012.
  • Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, Understanding Copyright in the Data Era, San Francisco, California July, 2011.
  • Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, Copyright Litigation, San Francisco, California, July 2010.
  • Panelist, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Spring Conference, “Of Courts and Copyists: The Year in Review,” Arlington, Virginia, April 2010.
  • Panelist, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Spring Conference, “The Year in Copyright,” Arlington, Virginia, April 2009.
  • Presenter, American Intellectual Property Law Association, "Recoveries in IP Litigation: Hotspots and Trends in Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Damages, Online CLE, April 2009.
  • CLE Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Institute, Washington State Bar Association, Spokane, WA, October 2008—Institute featured United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit Chief Judge, The Hon. Alex Kozinski
  • Presenter, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Spring Conference, “An Audiovisual Tour Through The Year in Copyright,” Arlington, Virginia, April 2008
  • Panelist, American Intellectual Property Law Association 2008 Mid-Winter Institute, “A Survey of Licensing Strategies One Year After MedImmune”, Phoenix, AZ, January 2008
  • Presenter, Washington State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Institute, “Trademark Law For General Counsel,” Seattle, WA, October 2007
  • Panelist, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Spring Conference, “Copyright in the Courts: Issues of First Impression,” Arlington, Virginia, April 2007
  • CLE Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Institute, Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, WA, March 2007
  • Presenter, “Copyright Law For The IP Attorney,” Idaho State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, Boise, ID, November 2006
  • CLE Chair, Intellectual Property Developments: Litigation, Machination & Reformation, Washington State Bar Association, Spokane, WA, September 2006
  • Co-Presenter, “Architecture & Engineering in the Digital Age,” Preston Gates & Ellis, Spokane, WA, April 2006
  • Presenter, “Spyware Resolution Debate,” ABA Intellectual Property Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 2006
  • Presenter, “Copyright & The World of Music,” Washington State Music Teachers Association Leadership Conference, Snoqualmie, WA, September 2005
  • Presenter, “Top Ten Trademark Tips,” Coeur d’ Alene Chamber of Commerce, Coeur d’ Alene, ID, June 2005
  • Co-Presenter, “Protecting Your Artistic Creations in the Digital Age,” Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA 2005
  • Co-Presenter, “Pitfalls for the Unwary: Recognition, Protection & Enforcement of IP Rights,” Emerald Education Group, Seattle, WA 2004
  • Presenter, “Copyright Law & The World of Advertising,” Great Falls Advertising Federation, Great Falls, MT, April 2004
PUBLICATIONS
  • Clicking Carefully In Legal Sphere of Social Media, Spokane Journal of Business, Volume 29, Issue 7, March 27, 2014.
  • Minimize Risks When Marketing Through Social Media, Spokane Journal of Business, Volume 28, Issue 7, March 28, 2013.
  • Featured in Spokane Journal of Business Article entitled “It’s true: False Advertising Claims Grow”, September 8, 2011.
  • Contributing Author, American Bar Association’s Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments, 2009.
  • The Expanded Scope of Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction in Trademark Cases After MedImmune v. Genentech, ABA IP Litigation Newsletter, Winter 2008.
  • Register Your Architectural Works Early and Often, Spokane Journal of Business, 2007.
  • Musical Musings: The Case For Rethinking Music Copyright Protection, 10 Mich. Telecomm. Tech. L. Rev. 407 (2004).
  • Has The Duration of Copyright Turned Wrong?, Washington State Bar News, 2003.
  • Whatever Happens To Works Deferred? Reflections On The Ill–Given Deferments Of The Copyright Term Extension Act, 26 Sea. L. Rev. 97 (2002).
  • State v. Rose: The Re–emergence of Colonial Writs?, 32 Gonz. L. Rev. 177 (1996).
PROFESSIONAL/CIVIC ACTIVITIES
  • Board Member, Holy Names Music Center
  • Co-Chair, 2006-2008, ABA Copyright Litigation Committee
  • Past Chair, 2007, Washington State Bar Association IP Section
  • Chair, 2006, Washington State Bar Association IP Section
  • Chair-elect, 2005, Washington State Bar Association IP Section
  • Sec-Treasurer, 2004, Washington State Bar Association IP Section
  • Co-founder, Spokane County Bar Association IP Section, 2003
  • Coach of National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team, Gonzaga University School of Law, 2002-present
  • Adjunct professor of law, “Internet and the Law,” “Trademark Law,” and “Legal Research & Writing,” Gonzaga University School of Law, 2002-present
  • Member, Copyright Society of the USA
  • Member, Supreme Court Historical Society
ADMISSIONS
  • California
  • Idaho
  • Washington
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
EDUCATION

LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, 1999 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

J.D., Gonzaga University, 1998 (magna cum laude; “Best Oralist,” National Moot Court Competition, Regional Finals 1997; Associate Editor, Law Review, 1997-1998)

B.M., piano performance, Loyola University of New Orleans, 1993

Graduate piano student, Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Former Soviet Republic of Georgia, 1993-1994

ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Named to Best Lawyers® in America
  • Named a “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics since 2005.

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