Michael S. Connor - Alston & Bird LLP

Michael S. Connor

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 704-444-1022

Mike Connor is a partner in the firm’s IP Litigation Group. He is a recent co-chair of the firm’s national Intellectual Property Practice and a past chair of the national IP Litigation Group. He handles patent infringement and other IP disputes and counseling.

Mike has experience in technologies such as cardiovascular implants and other medical devices, mobile telephony, high speed computer networks, financial services, diagnostic imaging, music downloads, robotics, textile machinery, orthopedics, fiber optic data transmission, electric power systems, RFID and semiconductor manufacturing. He has led trial teams in federal courts across the United States and before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), has argued appeals at the Federal Circuit and has handled IPR and CBM trials at the PTAB.

Mike is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for 2016 in Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation. He is recognized among the world’s leading patent lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2016. He is ranked in the 2015 IAM Patent 1000 – World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, the international Legal 500 for IP Litigation and Intellectual Property Law and in Chambers USA for 2016, and in 2015 he was named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

Clemson UniversityThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillJ.D. 1987
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle (FICPI) Association International pour la Protection de la Propriete Intellectuelle (AIPPI) American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Federal Circuit Bar Association International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association (ITCTLA)

Case History

  • Global-Tech Appliances v. SEB S.A., Case No. 10-6 at the United States Supreme Court: Brief of Amicus Curiae; The Clearing House and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, December 6, 2010.
  • Lead counsel for defendants in patent infringement case concerning mobile telephone networks in 2010. Celltrace LLC v. Sprint Nextel et al. (E.D.Tx)
  • Lead trial counsel for the defendant in an infringement suit in the Northern District of California concerning metallurgical properties of minimally invasive cardiovascular implants. Mike and his team took over the case from another firm in the middle of discovery, developed a new defense and presented that defense in a bench trial held solely on that issue in December 2009. Before the court entered its judgment, the case was settled in early 2010. Medtronic, Inc. v. AGA Medical, Inc. (N.D.Ca.).
  • Defended a maker of medical injector pumps against a motion for preliminary injunction in 2010. Mallinckrodt Inc. v. E-Z-Em Co. et al. (D.Del.)
  • Defended the maker of RF ID printers in a patent infringement suit in 2010. Raylon v Zebra, Inc. (E.D.Tx.)
Part 2
  • Defense counsel for a Korean company in a patent infringement suit concerning components for medical x-ray machines in 2010. Sedecal v DRGEM Corp. (S.D. Fla. and W.D.N.C.)
  • Defense counsel for a major bank in a patent infringement suit in 2010. Phoenix v. BB&T Corp. (E.D.Tx.)
  • Counsel for the defendant in an infringement suit concerning a patent for “Funds Distribution System Connected with Point of Sale Transactions.” The court granted summary judgment of noninfringement. Every Penny Counts, Inc. v. First Data Corp. et al. (M.D. Fl.) Affirmed on appeal by the Federal Circuit. (Fed. Circ. (M.D. Fl.) No. 2008-1434). The U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari, thus ending the case in our client’s favor.
  • Counsel for the defendant in a patent infringement suit and a related International Trade Commission Section 337 investigation concerning nitrile gloves. Tillotson Corp. v. Cardinal Health, Inc. (N.D.Ga. and U.S. I.T.C.).
  • Counsel for a patentee concerning infringement of patents for medical ultrasound imaging equipment. Volumetrics Medical Imaging, LLC v. General Electric and related cases (M.D.N.C. and N.D.Ca.).
Part 3
  • Counsel for the plaintiff in cases concerning Internet-linking technology. Picture Patents v. Aeropostale, et al. (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Counsel for the plaintiff in cases concerning dental appliances. Medtech Products, Inc. v. Ranir LLC et al. (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Counsel for a patent exclusive licensee in an infringement suit concerning orthopedic devices. Banyan LC v Collections, Inc., et al. (S.D. Fla.)
  • Lead counsel for the defendant Lowe’s concerning alleged infringement of a patent for a “merchant specific debit card verification system.” The court entered judgment of non-infringement in Lowe’s favor, and the Federal Circuit affirmed in 2008. Realsource, Inc. v. Lowe’s Companies, Inc., et al. (W.D. Tx., and Fed. Cir.)
  • Counsel for the defendant concerning patents for automated call center systems. RAKTL v. Duke Energy et al. (D.Del.)
  • Counsel for defendant accused of infringing patents for bulk dispensing closure device. The district court entered a judgment of non-infringement in favor of our client and the Court of Appeals affirmed in 2008. Spiroflow Systems v. Flexicon, Inc. (W.D.N.C. and Fed. Cir.)
Part 4
  • Counsel for the defendant in a patent infringement claim concerning mobile telephony. Thomas v. Nokia Inc. et al. (W.D.N.C.)
  • Lead counsel for the plaintiff in a declaratory judgment action concerning a patent for RFID technology. Zebra Technologies Corp. v. Datacard Corp. (N.D. Il.).
  • Counsel for the plaintiff concerning the infringement of patents for automated paint control systems. Dürr Systems, Inc. v. Fanuc Limited (E.D. Mi.)
  • Trial counsel for the respondents in this case for alleged infringement of patents for electric robots. The case was tried in September 2005. In February 2006, the ITC issued a Final Determination holding that our clients did not infringe. In re Certain Electric Robots and Components Thereof (U.S. ITC and E.D. Mi.; Fed. Cir.)
  • Lead counsel for the defendant. In January 2005, the court granted summary judgment that our client’s accused product did not infringe. Swimways v. Overbreak (E.D. Va.)
  • Lead trial counsel for the respondents concerning gas powered electromechanical fluid systems. Following a trial in June 2004, the ALJ ruled that our client’s products did not infringe. American Biophysics Corp. v. Blue Rhino/Ferrelgas (U.S. ITC and D. R.I.).
Part 5
  • Trial counsel for the plaintiff in this case for unfair and deceptive trade practices concerning cardiac ultrasound imaging technology. After a two-week jury trial, the court awarded a judgment for $318.75 million in favor of our client. VMI v. ATL Ultrasound, Inc. (M.D.N.C.).
  • Lead counsel for the plaintiff in actions concerning a patent for an orthopedic device. Obtained summary judgments of infringement and patent validity. Banyan Licensing v. OrthoSupport, TempurPedic, et al. (M.D.Fl., N.D.Oh. and other federal courts; Fed. Cir.) 134 F.Supp.2d 903. Affirmed on appeal. 2002 U.S.App. LEXIS 4983.
  • Patent litigation counsel for a subsidiary of media giant Bertelsmann AG against claims for patent infringement concerning Internet music downloading. Sightsound v. NTK and CDNow (W.D. Pa.)
  • Counsel for the defendant in this case for alleged infringement of three patents concerning robots. FANUC Robotics America v. Behr Systems et al. (E.D.Mi.)
  • Counsel for the defendant concerning a patent for semiconductor manufacturing. The case was settled following our filing of a motion for summary judgment. HDL, Inc. v. Shin-Etsu Handotai America, Inc. (D.Or.)
  • Lead counsel for the defendant concerning alleged infringement of patents relating to breathable polyolefin film and nonwoven composites. The plaintiff’s claim was dismissed. Kimberly-Clark Corp. v. Clopay and Kappler USA, Inc. (D.Del.)
Part 6
  • Lead counsel for the plaintiff in this infringement suit relating to spread spectrum multiplexing in electronic brake systems. Vehicle Enhancement Systems, Inc. v. Intellon Corp. (D.S.C.)
  • Defended Tripath in patent, antitrust and Lanham Act cases relating to cervical cancer screening systems and cell preservative fluids. Cytyc, Inc. v. TriPath, Inc. (D. Del., D. Mass.)
  • Successfully defended accused infringers in an international case involving patent infringement and antitrust claims. Groz-Beckert KG v. Fukuhara Indus. & Trading (S.D.N.Y.; Fed. Cir.)
  • Represented the plaintiff in a patent infringement case concerning coaxial cable technology. Comm Scope v. Trilogy Inc. (D.N.J.)
Part 7
  • Counsel for the plaintiff concerning the infringement of a patent for a golf ball imaging system. Accu-Sport International, Inc. v. Swing Dynamics (M.D.N.C.)
  • Counsel for the defendant in a case for alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices and other claims concerning computer software. Kaplan Inc. v. Revere Group (M.D.N.C.) .
  • Defended patent infringement claims concerning optical fiber connectors. ADC Telecom v. Siecor (W.D.N.C.)
  • Counsel for the plaintiff in infringement action concerning three patents for television set top boxes. Superguide v. EchoStar and DirecTV (W.D.N.C.)
  • Counsel for the plaintiff in this case for asphalt compactor systems. Troxler v. Pine (E.D.N.C.)
  • Counsel for the defendant in this case for patent infringement concerning kerosene heaters. Sengoku Works v. Lowe's (C.D.Ca.)
  • Counsel for the defendant in a case concerning web technology. Keithly v. Homestore.com, Inc. (N.D.Ca.)
Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Office Location

Bank of America Plaza, Suite 4000
101 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28280-4000
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent