Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Michael Best is a full service firm with more than 250 lawyers who provide our clients with the exceptional legal service and business acumen that have defined our firm for generations. Our practice is broadly organized into the following areas, each with its own sub-practices: Banking & Financial Services; Corporate & Transactional; Energy Law; Environmental & Natural Resources; Government Relations & Public Policy; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment Relations; Litigation; Privacy & Data Security; Real Estate; and Tax.

Sales of Digital Tokens & ICOs – Securities, Litigation, and Tax Concerns Join Michael Best Cryptocurrency and Securities attorneys for a complimentary one-hour live webinar from 12:00 – 1:00 PM CST on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. 2018 was (and 2019 continues to be) a challenging time for parties engaged in sale of digital tokens and conducting initial coin offerings and other cryptocurrency offerings (collectively ICOs). The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made it clear that…
Blockchain technology continues to garner the attention and trust by the federal government, recognizing that the technology can make our government more efficient, transparent, and secure. In fact, some federal agencies are leading in the adoption of blockchain rather than falling behind the private sector. Such interest and embrace of blockchain technology is largely because of innovative leaders in government who recognize the problems with legacy systems and are willing to change them in order…
How the Sale of Florida Orange Groves 75 Years Ago Established Securities Law Compliance Standards for Cryptocurrencies and Other Digital Tokens Today Michael Best Partner and Chair-Elect of the Securities Section of the Utah State Bar Brad Jacobsen, and Michael Best Associate Hunter Reynolds published an article which was featured in the March/April Issue of the Utah Bar Journal, titled, “75 Years of Howey: How the Sale of Florida Orange Groves 75 Years Ago Established…
We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Best Patent Blog! This blog will provide the “Best” updates and timely information on legal developments and issues related to patents – from prosecution to commercialization to litigation. Our authors will offer expert insights, guidance, and analyses to help individuals and businesses navigate the ever-evolving patent landscape—including decisions and guidelines issued by the USPTO and court system, along with the latest news and issues…
Previously featured on Michael Best’s Software and Section 101 blog on January 29, 2019, Michael Best IP attorney Greg Helding wrote: In 2014, the Supreme Court’s Alice took computer-implemented inventions down the rabbit hole. Since then, lower courts, the USPTO, practitioners, and applicants all have struggled to come to consensus on what constitutes an abstract idea, and what it means for claims to be “directed to” an abstract idea. This has resulted in the Alice/Mayo…
In a recent game of jurisdictional tennis, the Fifth Circuit returned a case involving a Walker Process claim, sending it back to the Federal Circuit. Xitronix Corp. v. KLA-Tencor Corp., No. 18-50114 (Feb. 15, 2019). In Xitronix, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant was enforcing a fraudulently obtained patent for anti-competitive behavior in a violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act and Sections 4 & 6 of the Clayton Act. The district court granted…
Previously featured on Michael Best’s Federal Circuit Weekly blog in March of 2018, Michael Best IP attorney A.J. Bianchi wrote: The Federal Circuit issued a non-precedential decision delineating between patent-eligible and patent-ineligible improvements in technology related to taking a person’s temperature using a computerized thermometer. On March 8, 2018, the Federal Circuit affirmed that U.S. Patent Nos. 6,292,685 (‘685 patent) and 7,787,938 (‘938 patent) related to a body temperature detector that calculates a person’s core…
Previously featured on Michael Best’s Federal Circuit Weekly blog in February of 2018, Michael Best IP attorney A.J. Bianchi wrote: The Federal Circuit issued another precedential decision adding to its line of cases delineating between patent-eligible and patent-ineligible improvements in computer-related technology. On February 8, 2018, the Federal Circuit affirmed that U.S. Patent No. 7,447,713 (‘713 patent) related to eliminating redundant storage of common text and graphical elements to improve system operating efficiency and to…
Previously featured on Michael Best’s Federal Circuit Weekly blog in February of 2018, Michael Best IP attorney Ken Albridge wrote: On February 14, 2018, the Federal Circuit issued a precedential decision providing important guidance regarding the circumstances under which dismissal on patent eligibility grounds is appropriate at the pleadings stage. In Aatrix Software, Inc. v. Green Shades Software, Inc., the Federal Circuit ruled that “patent eligibility can be determined at the Rule 12(b)(6) stage…
Previously featured on Michael Best’s Software and Section 101 blog in June of 2016, Michael Best IP attorney Greg Helding wrote: In May 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp and TLI Communications LLC v. A.V. Automotive. These decisions, along with related guidance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), may help clarify the law of software patent eligibility. The law regarding patent…