2022 speakers

Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly currently acts as Vice President at WIT Legal, LLC where he consults with law firms and corporations on a variety of licensing and legal issues, including NPE defensive strategies and 4G/5G licensing and litigation strategies. Michael has been in patent litigation for over 20 years – both in private practice and running a successful patent monetization group. He has practiced in front of the International Trade Commission as counsel for both petitioner and respondent, and he has crafted investigations brought by his patent licensing entities. 

Before joining WIT, Michael was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery. He litigated patent and trade secret cases and gained extensive experience presenting in front of the ITC. Over the last decade, he has managed dozens of patent licensing campaigns—overseeing patent litigation strategy and implementation, directing patent prosecution, developing defensive patent strategies, and managing corporate patent programs.

Michael has been involved in 12 ITC investigations in total: nine as an attorney and three as a patent owner, with one of his entities being the subject of the first hundred-day review. He has worked with WIT to develop expert teams in multiple investigations each year and frequently speaks on intellectual property and international trade-related issues.

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