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Michael K. Heins



  • J.D., George Washington University, 2013, with honors
  • B.S./B.A., Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy, University of Missouri, 2010, summa cum laude and honors scholar
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • *Not admitted in California
Thought Leadership


Mike Heins is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's San Diego (Del Mar) office.

Areas of Practice

Mike is a registered patent lawyer. His practice focuses on patent and trademark litigation before federal courts, the Patent Office, and the International Trade Commission. Mike also advises clients on due diligence and IP portfolio issues.

Mike counsels clients to achieve positive outcomes in an efficient manner. He has experience at trial; taking and defending depositions; managing discovery; developing litigation claims and defenses; and drafting motions as well as appellate briefs. Mike has litigated disputes involving mobile phones (LTE/Bluetooth standards and implementation patents); semiconductors, software, online transactions, food packaging machines, online gaming, 3D projection systems, mobile payment applications, paper shredders, vacuum cleaning machines, pet carriers, split-top beds and mobile phone cases.

Mike recently represented a system-on-a-chip, semiconductor company before the International Trade Commission regarding alleged infringement of three patents. The Commission returned a finding of no violation based on non-infringement of each of the asserted patents and invalidity as to certain asserted claims.

Thought Leadership


  • "Selling Congress on eBay: Should Congress Force the ITC to Apply the eBay standard?" 22 Fed. Cir. B.J. 589, 2013
  • "Common Interest and Joint Defense Privileges and Agreements in Patent Litigation," Patent Litigation and Strategies Handbook, 4th ed, 2015 (including 2016-2019 cumulative supplements)