Michael V. Dowd

Partner - Boston

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Michael Dowd counsels businesses on day-to-day issues as well as on significant transactions and disputes, and helps clients overcome challenges found at the intersection of law and technology. He also has deep experience in intellectual property matters and working with technology clients in a variety of areas, including data privacy and security.

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  • Cornell University, M. Eng., Electrical Engineering, 1990
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Cornell University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1983

Representative Experience

  • Represented an e-commerce service provider against claims of infringement involving the use of credit cards to make purchases over the Internet
  • Represented Lambda Electronics in defending one of a group of actions brought against leading manufacturers of DC-to-DC power converters; obtained a favorable claim construction ruling and successfully defended it on appeal, leading to a favorable settlement; VLT, Inc. v. Artesyn et al., 2004 U.S. App. Lexis 10188 (Fed. Cir.)
  • Defended a leading manufacturer of mobile satellite dish systems against a competitor’s suit for patent infringement; obtained jury verdict that competitor's patent claim is invalid
  • Represented the defendant in patent suit by Cognex Corporation involving machine vision and software algorithms, obtaining a favorable claim construction decision, Cognex Corp. v. Electro Scientific Industries, 214 F. Supp. 2d 110, modified, 242 F. Supp. 2d 47 (D. Mass. 2003)
  • Defended the developer of an artificial human heart, Abiomed, Inc., in a patent and trade secret case involving the transmission of energy to the implanted device without wires piercing the skin; obtained dismissal of all patent infringement claims and jury verdict for Abiomed on remaining trade secret claims


  • Inventor on U.S. Patent No. 5,596,283 for Continuous Motion Test Apparatus and Method
  • Named a “Kent Scholar” at Columbia School of Law (highest academic distinction)


  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • Boston Bar Association
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  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts