Intellectual Property Trial Lawyer Michael Kahn Joins Akin Gump in New York

(New York) – Akin Gump today announced that Michael P. Kahn has joined the firm as a partner in its intellectual property practice in New York. Mr. Kahn is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on patent infringement disputes and related claims, such as trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and breach of contract. He comes to Akin Gump from Ropes & Gray, where he was a partner. Mr. Kahn started his career at Fish & Neave, prior to its combination with Ropes & Gray.

“Our IP team has staked out a reputation for consistently winning business-critical cases for our clients, and Michael represents an outstanding addition,” said Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “He is a talented and accomplished trial lawyer whose clients trust him with some of their biggest and most pressing matters, and I know he will fit in seamlessly at Akin Gump.”

Mr. Kahn has worked on cases involving all areas of intellectual property litigation, including discovery, Markman hearings, trial and appeal, and his past work spans a variety of technologies in district courts across the country and before the International Trade Commission and American Arbitration Association. His case experience extends to many industries, including materials science, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, e-commerce, software, consumer products and electrical, chemical, computer science and mechanical engineering.

“With his substantial trial experience, Michael presents a tremendous opportunity for our practice and, in turn, our clients,” said Steven M. Zager, global head of Akin Gump’s intellectual property practice. “Having played a key role in numerous trials, Michael is a high-caliber lawyer, and our clients will benefit greatly from his counsel. I am very excited to have him on our team.”

“Akin Gump’s intellectual property group has a stellar reputation for its sophisticated trial practice, noted high-stakes successes and proven acumen in key current and growing areas of intellectual property. The firm’s familiarity with, and presence in, key jurisdictions also provides a competitive advantage to its clients,” said Mr. Kahn. “This move offers me a fantastic opportunity to work with exceptional trial lawyers and expand my practice. I look forward to teaming up with my many new colleagues and introducing my clients to the firm’s excellent platform.”

About Michael P. Kahn

In addition to his intellectual property litigation work, Mr. Kahn advises clients on intellectual property licensing, planning and strategy from a portfolio management perspective as well as in anticipation of litigation for both patent owners and potential defendants. He also represents clients in connection with Patent Office inter partes review proceedings.

Mr. Kahn is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to developing and cutting-edge areas of intellectual property law. He also has been actively involved in pro bono representations throughout his career, working most recently on multiple matters concerning asylum applications, petitions before the New York Department of State, and custody and visitation Family Court matters.

Mr. Kahn received his J.D. from Fordham University Law School and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Akin Gump’s Intellectual Property Practice

Akin Gump’s intellectual property team represents companies, large and small, in protecting their intellectual property and defending them in intellectual property disputes. The firm’s lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including litigating complex patent cases in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission, and litigating trademark, copyright, trade secret and trade dress matters. Lawyers in the group also handle transactional matters involving the licensing or transfer of IP rights and counsel clients on the management of global IP portfolios. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, small businesses, universities, research foundations and government agencies.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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