Intellectual Property


Michael Murphy is a partner in the intellectual property and technology transactions practices at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Mike's practice focuses on strategic counseling for technology companies regarding intellectual property, technology licensing and partnering arrangements, and patent prosecution and counseling. Representative clients include public and privately held companies in software applications and services, networking and telecommunications, storage systems, EDA software, and semiconductor design and manufacturing.

Prior to law school, Mike was a research and development engineer in the Information Networks Division at Hewlett-Packard in Cupertino, California. During his tenure at Hewlett-Packard, he worked on UNIX-based networking products, including the HP OpenView network management platform.

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1993
    Order of the Coif; Recipient, John M. Olin Award for Law and Economics
  • B.S., Computer Systems Engineering, Stanford University, 1989
    Recipient, Stanford President's Award for Academic Excellence; Member, Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)
  • Member, Computer Law Association
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society
  • Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Recognized in the 2010-2019 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized in the 2012-2018 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Named in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Intellectual Asset Management 250 – The World's Leading IP Strategists
  • Selected for inclusion in the technology transactions category of The Legal 500 US
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-320-4826

Email | Michael MurphyMMurphy@wsgr.com

Areas of Expertise

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