Michael Jakes
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J. Michael Jakes

Partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP

Mike Jakes is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. He has broad experience in all aspects of patent law, concentrating his practice on patent litigation and related counseling. He has been lead counsel on many patent cases, including trials in federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and before arbitration panels. Mr. Jakes deals mainly with computer, electronics, semiconductor, software, and medical device technologies.


Mr. Jakes has vast experience at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where he has argued more than 30 appeals and prepared and filed briefs in many more. He is a former member of the Federal Circuit’s Advisory Council and previously led the firm’s appellate section.


Mr. Jakes has served as both a special master and technical advisor to various U.S. district courts, assisting with claim construction and summary judgment motions on patents covering a wide variety of subjects, ranging from electronic ballasts for fluorescent lighting to pagers and cell phones, optical networks, mass storage devices, and steel wall systems.