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Michael V. Young Sr.
+1 571 203 2788

Two Freedom Square
11955 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190-5675

+1 571 203 2700
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • University of Mississippi School of Law
    J.D., cum laude, 2009
  • Mississippi State University
    B.S., Computer Engineering, 2006

Michael V. Young Sr.


Michael Young practices patent law with an emphasis on patent portfolio management, client counseling, U.S. district court litigation, and post-grant proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He also represents clients in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in cases stemming from court actions and post-grant proceedings, including those involving issues of first impression.

Mr. Young has worked on dozens of inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) post-grant review (PGR) proceedings, including the very first CBM review proceeding filed, argued, and decided. He develops offensive and defensive strategies for multiple, related proceedings; prepares and manages the preparation of written submissions; takes and defends technical expert depositions; and argues discovery and substantive issues.

Mr. Young organizes and manages several large domestic and foreign patent portfolios. He has drafted or overseen the drafting of hundreds of patent applications, as well as their subsequent prosecution. He counsels clients from product development through patenting and patent assertion.

Mr. Young's district court experience includes every phase of litigation from filing of the complaint to trial. He prepares non-infringement and invalidity positions, manages fact discovery, works with fact and expert witnesses, drafts substantive briefings, conducts trial witness preparations, and takes depositions.

Mr. Young concentrates his practice primarily on computer-related technologies and has built significant experience in lighter-than-air (LTA) and hybrid airship technologies. Prior to joining Finnegan, he worked on the design of integrated circuits and testing software for printing devices, cash acceptance systems, and other component devices of automated teller machines. His experience includes technical projects involving integrated circuits, very large-scale integration (VLSI), embedded systems, logic design, and microprocessors. He is familiar with computer programming languages such as C, C++, VHDL, PHP, HTML, Java, JavaScript, Visual Basic, and assembly languages.


  • SAP v. Versata Software (PTAB). Lead associate on the team for SAP in the first-ever PGR of a CBM patent; the PTAB ruled that all claims challenged by SAP were invalid under 35 USC § 101, concluding an expedited proceeding requested by SAP that lasted just nine months from petition filing to final written decision cancelling Versata's claims.
  • Checkfree Corp. v. Metavante Corp. (PTAB). Drafted CBM petitions filed by Metavante and FIS, leading to the institution of four CBM review proceedings that each resulted in a final written decision cancelling all patent claims.
  • Ipventure, Inc. v. Fedex Corp. (PTAB). Argued for FedEx in an inter partes reexamination and represented FedEx in an IPR of a related patent; the inter partes reexamination and IPR resulted in decisions cancelling all patent claims.
  • Managed the preparation and prosecution of more than 200 patent applications as part of a strategic growth project to build a client patent portfolio having defensive and monetization value.

Professional Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Virginia Bar Association (IP Section)
  • American Bar Association (IP Section)

Select Publications

  • Regular contributor to Finnegan's AIA blog on PTAB trials and AIA provisions.