J Keyes

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

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Mike Keyes is a partner at Dorsey & Whitney in Seattle, WA,  with a national litigation and trial practice where he represents a wide array of clients in disputes involving claims of copyright infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition and false advertising.  Mr. Keyes has litigated numerous cases throughout the country including in the U.S. District Courts of Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington.  He has also argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit.

Recently, Mr. Keyes and his team obtained a final judgment and permanent injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on behalf of Rovio Entertainment, Ltd., the creator of Angry Birds®.  The Court entered findings that the Angry Birds® trademark was “widely recognized by the general consuming public of the United States” and that the Defendants’ use of the mark “Angry Clubs” on golf-related merchandise was likely to cause confusion and dilution in the marketplace. 

Mr. Keyes was previously trial counsel in Chicago federal court for Kraft Foods in a highly-publicized false advertising case that was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and also covered by the likes of The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times.  Mr. Keyes was also trial counsel for Abercrombie & Fitch in a high-profile case in California federal court brought by Levi Strauss & Co. involving claims of unfair competition, trademark infringement and dilution.  The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Abercrombie & Fitch on all claims.  The case was profiled in the Daily Journal—California’s largest legal publication—as one of the Top 10 “Defense Wins” in California that year.  

Mr. Keyes’ intellectual property litigation clients have also included the likes of Hall of Fame Major League Slugger George Brett,, Foot Locker, Beats Electronics, LLC (Beats by Dr. Dre), Helly Hansen, The North Face, Nestle, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Novatel Wireless, Esprit, Quest Diagnostics, Red Lion Hotels, Cervecería Modelo (the manufacturer of Corona® beer), Robert Bosch, LLC and Carma Labs.    

In addition to his trial and counseling experience, Mr. Keyes is also an active member of the copyright and trademark litigation bar.  He is the past chair of the American Bar Association Copyright Litigation Committee, the past chair of the Washington State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section and the co-editor of, and contributing author to, the forthcoming American Bar Association Copyright Litigation Deskbook.  He is frequently invited to present on issues involving copyright and trademark law at national conferences sponsored by the likes of the AIPLA, ABA, and PLI.        

Mr. Keyes has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Gonzaga University where he has taught and lectured on trademark law, false advertising and other intellectual property topics.  He has published several articles and papers on intellectual property law including:  6 Consumer Survey Criticisms for Lanham Act Litigators (IPLaw360, 2014); Copyrights in the Courts: Emerging Trends (IPLaw360, 2012); The Expanded Scope of Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction in Trademark Cases After MedImmune v. Genentech (ABA IP Litigation Newsletter, Winter 2008); Musical Musings: The Case For Rethinking Music Copyright Protection (published in the University of Michigan Technology Law Review); The Law of Copyright Damages (presented at a conference sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association); and The Annual Review of Copyright Law Developments (published by the American Bar Association, 2009) (contributing author). 

One of Mr. Keyes’s law review articles was cited extensively and relied upon by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in a case involving allegations of alleged music copyright infringement by Lady Gaga. See Francescatti v. Germanotta, No. 11 CV 5270, 2014 WL 2767231, at *9 (N.D. Ill. June 17, 2014)(Aspen, J.).


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