Michael G. Babbitt is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and Patent Litigation and Counseling Practice. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation involving intellectual property and technology. He has deep experience handling and managing high profile patent disputes in district court and Patent Office proceedings.
Mr. Babbitt has a proven record of success in over thirty Patent Office proceedings and scores of patent litigations. Mr. Babbitt has not lost a Patent Office proceeding involving a patent asserted by or against one of his clients. He has won five completed trials and nine institution decisions before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In 2018, Mr. Babbitt argued before the PTAB as lead counsel in an inter partes review, earning a complete trial victory. Mr. Babbitt led a team that secured a summary judgment victory regarding patent obviousness, leading to the end of litigation in 2018 that had lasted over ten years. Mr. Babbitt has also won four major patent rulings in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, including rare reversals of both a district court jury verdict and a PTAB decision.
Utilizing his background in electrical and computer engineering, Mr. Babbitt regularly confronts complex technologies and has direct experience with power distribution systems, data centers, consumer electronics, wireless networks, semiconductors, video and audio technology, computer hardware and software, industrial machines, food processing equipment, automotive/vehicle systems, as well as other technologies. He is a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Jenner & Block's nationally recognized pro bono program is another important part of Mr. Babbitt’s practice. Mr. Babbitt won a verdict of not guilty as lead trial attorney for a client falsely accused of attempted murder in Chicago. He also has argued a direct criminal appeal before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and has represented clients in multiple civil rights matters in federal court.
Mr. Babbitt is the vice-chair of the PTAB Bar Trials Committee and has served as an adjunct professor for the John Marshall Law School Intellectual Property Trial Advocacy Program.