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Michael D. Downs

Fincham Downs LLC

Ridgefield, CT, USA


Prior to co-founding Fincham Downs, Michael Downs served as Counsel and Vice President, Intellectual Property of Walker Digital Management, LLC, an innovation laboratory whose business is to develop, protect, and commercialize IP. Walker Digital, best known for developing Priceline.com, has a portfolio of more than 300 issued U.S. and international patents. While at Walker Digital, Mr. Downs co-managed a large in-house IP legal group with Ms. Fincham. Previous to his experience at Walker Digital Management, Mr. Downs held the positions of computer programmer and analyst at Watson Wyatt Worldwide in Washington, D.C. and computer programmer at Federated Mutual Insurance Company in Owatonna, MN.

Mr. Downs' legal career has focused on US and foreign intellectual property rights. His representative patent arts include smartphone and mobile device applications, E-commerce and financial services systems, data-processing, client-server system architecture, retail POS systems, computer software, mechanical (including vending and gaming machines), telecommunications and language learning/assistance. Mr. Downs has also negotiated and developed IP licenses and acquisitions for industry leading companies and provided validity, freedom-to-operate and infringement opinions.

Along with his partners, Mr. Downs is skilled at advising top executives on legislative, judicial and regulatory developments, including Congressional patent reform initiatives, critical court cases, and proposed and final USPTO rules and how such developments and current framework impact business goals and strategies. Mr. Downs is committed to aiding business owners and managers to make intelligent and informed decisions that maximize their company's IP value.
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