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Micah G. Block


Micah G. Block

IP Litigation
Northern California

Experienced trial lawyer helping leading companies resolve their most important disputes.

Leading companies hire Micah to represent them in must-win cases. He is a seasoned trial lawyer with a deep understanding of technology and a proven track record of success.

Micah litigates major patent, trade-secret, antitrust and other matters for clients including Cisco, Comcast, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Novo Nordisk, Plaid, Taiwan Semiconductor, the United States Golf Association and Verisk.

He is recognized by Chambers USA and IAM for patent litigation. Clients describe him in Chambers as “a very deep and creative thinker who comes up with solutions you would never have thought of” and “really a superstar of the future.”

Micah is the co-hiring partner of our Northern California office. His professional service includes leadership in the Federal Bar Association (where he is currently a chapter VP) and active roles in the ABA Antitrust Section, including its Intellectual Property Committee. His pro bono work includes civil rights, criminal justice and immigration matters.

Experience highlights

  • A major multinational energy corporation in high-stakes commercial litigation regarding offshore decommissioning obligations
  • A leading social media company in various matters asserting anti-hacking, cybersquatting and other claims
  • Comcast in a patent infringement case by WhereverTV, Inc. in the Middle District of Florida related to Comcast’s X1 interactive guide
  • Comcast in numerous patent litigations initiated by Rovi Corporation and its affiliates (now part of Xperi):
    • Obtained findings of no violation, voluntary termination, or clearance of design-arounds of 19 patents by the ITC
    • Secured transfer from the Eastern District of Texas to the Southern District of New York and then pre-trial dismissal on summary judgment on 7 patents
  • The United States Golf Association in competition, commercial and intellectual property matters
  • Trial counsel for plaintiff Magnolia Medical Technologies in patent litigation brought in the District of Delaware against Kurin, Magnolia’s sole competitor in the field of Initial Specimen Diversion Devices. After a one-week trial, the jury found that Kurin infringed Magnolia’s patent, rejected Kurin’s invalidity defenses, and awarded a 17.7% royalty
  • Comcast Corp. in patent infringement lawsuits against Sprint Communications, encompassing over 30 patents asserted in federal courts across the country:
    • Obtained offensive verdict as patent holder in the District of Delaware, which the Federal Circuit affirmed
    • Secured a complete defense victory in the District of Delaware, which the Federal Circuit summarily affirmed
    • Successfully resolved dispute in the District of Kansas, in which Sprint sought close to $1 billion in damages
  • A major content distributor in various private disputes and regulatory proceedings related to compulsory copyright licensing under 17 U.S.C. § 111
  • Various representations of Boards, Committees and Directors in investigations and litigations related to fiduciary duty claims, including:
    • Individual directors of a Fortune 100 technology company in shareholder derivative litigation regarding an interested transaction
    • Fortune 500 tech company Board Committee in an investigation of potential claims regarding a cyber-attack and data breach
  • Innolux Corporation in numerous class actions and opt-out suits involving attorneys general, direct purchasers and indirect purchasers in relation to horizontal price-fixing claims regarding TFT-LCD displays
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Daily Journal – “Top 40 Under 40,” 2020

Chambers USA – Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation, California

Federal Circuit Bar Association – FCBA Global Fellow, 2022-23

IAM Patent 1000 – California

Managing IP – National and California, Patent Star


J.D., Stanford Law School
  • Order of the Coif
B.A., Ethics, Politics and Economics, Yale University
  • magna cum laude


Law Clerk, Hon. Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2009-2010

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2010

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, C.D. California
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. California
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. California
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. California
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