Education

Michigan State University College of Law, J.D.
  • cum laude
  • Detroit College of Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
University of Michigan, B.A.

Prior Employment

  • Butzel Long, Vice President and Shareholder, 1984-2010

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

  • President, 2013-2014

American Bar Association

  • Litigation Section
  • Intellectual Property Section
    • Committee on Internet and Domain Names, Past Chair

International Trademark Association

  • Projects Editorial Board, Past Member

State Bar of Michigan

  • Intellectual Property Law Section
Overview
Experience
Community
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Mike Huget is one of Michigan’s leading intellectual property litigators. He has appeared as counsel in more than 250 cases in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, including numerous cases in which he has served as lead trial counsel. Mike is chair of the firm’s Litigation department.

  • Represents a range of clients, from top Fortune 100 companies to individual entrepreneurs in industries as varied as automotive, pharmaceutical, media, consumer goods, software, and manufacturing
  • Possesses significant appellate experience, particularly in the Federal Circuit and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • Engages in high-stakes emergency litigation remedies such as preliminary injunction motions and seizures of infringing goods
  • Litigates cases in federal courts throughout the country, including in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia
  • Serves as a member of the firm’s Media industry group

Experience

  • Successfully defended Viacom Inc. in a trademark dispute involving Viacom’s “Bubble Guppies” television show; summary judgment ruling by the district court was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Successfully defended Little Caesar Enterprises in a series of class actions alleging that Little Caesar’s falsely advertised the availability of halal pepperoni and instead served pork pepperoni; all suits dismissed in favor of Little Caesar’s

  • First to argue the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s calculation of Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) on behalf of a client and received a favorable judgment that secured additional “B Period” PTA for the client and future patent holders
  • Obtained summary judgment for Johnson Controls Inc. in a matter brought by an engineer who claimed to be the sole inventor of patents related to universal garage-door opener technology; summary judgment was affirmed on appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Successfully defended a Fortune 100 automotive supplier in a three-week patent trial before the Chief Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Was lead attorney on behalf of a major motion picture studio in a six-week Eastern District of Michigan copyright infringement trial
  • Defended an automotive wheel supplier accused of patent infringement in multi-district patent lawsuits
  • Served as lead trial counsel in a patent infringement case in Texas against counterfeiters of a patent owner's fuel pump technology; case settled after successfully obtaining a verdict on liability 
  • Served as lead trial counsel for an advertising agency accused of service mark infringement
  • Served as trial counsel for a pharmaceutical company seeking damages for a breach of licensing agreement related to topical analgesic compounds
  • Served as trial counsel for a leading university seeking a determination of patent rights against a major pharmaceutical company
  • Served as lead trial counsel for Sony Corporation in a fraud and misappropriation matter
  • Served as trial counsel for a leading fiberglass manufacturer during the six-week damages phase of a patent infringement case
  • Served as trial counsel for a leading Detroit newspaper in a defamation action
  • Served as trial counsel for an automotive supplier accused of defamation by a customer’s employee
  • Has significant appellate experience, particularly in the Federal Circuit and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals where, among other matters, he has handled:
    • An appeal after an adverse trial verdict in a multimillion-dollar patent infringement case involving grit-free slip-resistant coatings
    • An appeal of the summary judgment obtained for a music company and songwriter accused of copyright infringement
    • Defense of a successful trial verdict in patent infringement cases involving wheel-cladding technology
  • Is often involved in emergency matters such as preliminary injunction motions and seizures of infringing goods, including:
    • Lead a successful seizure of knock-off cigarette rolling papers in a case involving copyright and trademark infringement
    • Pursued non-competition claims on behalf of a DNA-sequencing software manufacturer
    • Defended preliminary injunction claims in a patent case brought by an automotive trim supplier
    • Pursued a preliminary injunction against a trademark and copyright infringer who improperly sought and obtained take-down notices against Facebook and Home Shopping Network
    • Handled preliminary injunction proceedings on behalf of two automotive suppliers in a case that involved rolling code encryption technology for garage door openers

Community

Ann Arbor Film Festival

  • Board of Directors

Leadership Ann Arbor

  • Class of 2003 Graduate

News & Resources

News

Press Releases

Publications

Seminars & Events

Honors

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2017
    • Recognized as one of three lawyers in Band 1 for Intellectual Property in Michigan; Chambers USA adds:
      • 2017 – "Mike Huget is a highly respected IP litigator with a great deal of experience representing clients at both trial and appellate level ... Clients describe him as 'a brilliant strategist with as much command of the psychology of the opponent as he has of the legal issues.'"
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2003-2018
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Copyright Law
      • Litigation - Intellectual Property
      • Media Law
      • Patent Law
      • Trademark Law
    • Ann Arbor Litigation - Intellectual Property "Lawyer of the Year," 2012, 2016, and 2018
    • Ann Arbor Copyright "Lawyer of the Year," 2015
    • Ann Arbor Trademark "Lawyer of the Year," 2014
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS, 2013-2017
    • Recognized as a Patent Star and Trademark Star
    • Named Michigan's IP Litigator of the Year, 2014
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2011 and 2013-2017
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, and Copyright & Trademark Law
  • Intellectual Asset Management, Recognized as one of the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2016