Michael P. Boudett

Partner, Co-Chair, Litigation Department - Boston

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With wide-ranging trial experience as co-chair of Foley Hoag’s Litigation Department, Michael Boudett has a particularly strong focus on litigating business tort cases (including defamation and commercial disparagement), contract, licensing and commercial disputes; academic research misconduct matters; employment disputes; and trademark, trade dress, and trade secret matters. He represents major clients from such industries as pharmaceutical, biotech, software, higher education, auto manufacturing, motion pictures and internet/social media. He appears before Massachusetts state courts, federal courts nationwide, and administrative bodies. His intellectual property litigation experience also encompasses copyright, false advertising, and patent disputes, with a focus on federal court proceedings.

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Education:

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1991
  • Yale College, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1988

Representative Experience

  • Defended senior scientists in major research misconduct investigations and parallel proceedings 
  • Represented Honda North America in numerous trademark registration disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Won summary judgment and award of attorney fees against plaintiff in defending major motion picture studio in copyright infringement action in the Central District of California
  • Served as lead counsel in filing the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in the KP Permanent case
  • Represented large electronic equipment manufacturer in action against former trial counsel for malpractice
  • Served as trial counsel for AstraZeneca in multi-district litigation involving average wholesale pricing (AWP)
  • Served as trial counsel to Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. and obtained a multi-million dollar jury verdict for the plaintiff corporation against a group of ex-employees
  • Handles motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in intellectual property-related suits
  • Represented former executive of Bear Stearns in successfully defending against enforcement of a "garden leave" notice provision
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of a high-tech client which brought to a halt another corporation’s “raiding” campaign
  • "Don’t Become a Trade Mark Bully," MANAGING IP MAGAZINE (August 2012)
  • "Conflicts in Trademark Law Among Circuit Courts and the TTAB: Substantive Considerations in Forum Selection," AIPLA webinar, 2006 
  • "IP Year in Review (Trademark issues)," Boston Bar Association, 2006
  • "Trademark Infringement and Related Claims," MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS TORTS -MCLE (2002)
  • "Domain Name Disputes: Cases Illustrate Limitations of ICANN Policy," BOSTON BAR JOURNAL (March/April 2001)
  • "The Goodwill Interest in Non-Competition Cases," BOSTON BAR JOURNAL (September/October 1999)

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Honors

  • Supreme Judicial Court Certificate of Appreciation, and National Lawyers Guild 2007 Daniel Levy Award, for representing immigrants detained in enforcement raids in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Peer-nominated as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” 2004-2012
  • Selected for 1995 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Arc Massachusetts in recognition of pro bono advocacy on behalf of persons with mental disabilities

Involvement

  • Board member, Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project
  • Member (elected), Lexington Town Meeting, and member of town Transportaton Advisory Committee
  • Former chairman, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Trademark Litigation Committee
  • Former member, Litigation Section Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association
  • Former Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the Boston Bar Association’s Litigation Section
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts