Rounds, Michael D.
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Michael D. Rounds

Reno, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California

Founding partner, Watson Rounds

Mike Rounds chairs the Intellectual Property Department at Brownstein and has 30 years of experience litigating high profile patent and intellectual property cases in District Courts in Nevada, California, Delaware, Texas and throughout the United States. Mike has a knack for making the complex simple and for determining what issue(s) will decide the outcome of a case from its outset. He has prevailed for his clients in numerous multi-million dollar cases, often against the best intellectual property trial attorneys in the United States.  Specific to Nevada, there is no lawyer that can match his experience in litigating and trying patent infringement cases, and he has two of the largest plaintiff and defense verdicts in District of Nevada history, both affirmed by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mike’s success and experience at the district court and appellate level includes numerous reported decisions for clients in the internet, cell phone, gaming, pharmaceutical, computer hardware and software, disc drive, database management, and heavy equipment industries.

Prior to joining Brownstein, Mike co-founded his own firm, Watson Rounds, a firm Brownstein acquired on September 1, 2015. He also practiced IP law at Townsend and Townsend and Crew (now Kilpatrick, Townsend and Stockton) in San Francisco. He works with a strong team of patent attorneys with ties to numerous technology industries that support his patent and intellectual property litigation practice.

Previous Experience

Founding partner, Watson Rounds

Representative Matters
  • Represented Wynn Resorts against Resorts World in trade dress and copyright case involving world famous architectural design for Wynn properties. Case settled following TRO hearing.

  • Represented NewDay Financial in a declaratory judgment action against United Services Automobile Association (“USAA”) in the District of Maryland involving USAA’s allegations of copyright and trademark infringement.  A motion to dismiss USAA’s first-filed complaint in the Northern District of Texas was granted for lack of personal jurisdiction. Case settled

  • Represented Frontier Water Systems against General Electric in multi-patent declaratory judgment action in the District of Utah, as well as in IPR proceeding, involving technology for the removal of selenium in coal-fired power plant wastewater.  The case also involved the enforceability of non-compete contracts under Ontario, Canada law.  Case settled.

  • Represented Pulse Health, LLC in its Complaint against Akers Biosciences, Inc. in the District of Oregon for breach of an exclusive license agreement. The licensed technology involved chemical formulations for measuring oxidative stress in exhaled breath. Case settled and permanent injunction entered.

  • Represented Galaxy Gaming in AAA arbitration proceeding involving table game High Card Flush. Prevailed on issues of intellectual property ownership, willful infringement, permanent injunction and attorneys’ fees.

  • Represented Unwired Planet in multi-patent case against Google involving mobile device location and communication protocols.

  • Represented telecommunication and social networking companies in multi-patent case involving voice over internet protocols.

  • Represented gaming cabinet maker VSR in inter partes review in which the PTAB found all patent claims invalid and the Federal Circuit affirmed.

  • Counsel to former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival in licensing royalty and trademark cases against record label and John Fogerty in Northern and Central Districts of California.

  • Represented ESCO against Caterpillar in complex multi-patent and antitrust case.

  • Represented generic pharmaceutical company in several ANDA patent infringement actions, including trial.

  • Represented GraphOn in Northern District of California and on appeal in one of the first reported cases involving computer inventions and 35 U.S.C. § 101. MySpace, et al. v. GraphOn, 672 F.3d 1250 (Fed. Cir. 2012).

  • Represented Nanoptix in patent infringement case involving gaming device promotional printers in Central District of California. Summary judgment of invalidity granted and affirmed on appeal.

  • Represented gaming manufacturer in multi-patent case in District of Mississippi and before Patent Office. Settled after inter partes review instituted.

  • Represented Japan Cash Machine in multi-patent case involving bill validators for gaming devices. $11.4 million jury verdict affirmed on appeal.

  • Represented gaming manufacturer in $150 million patent infringement case involving computer electronics for stepper motor slot machines. Defense verdict affirmed on appeal.

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    • J.D., 1987, Golden Gate University School of Law
    • B.A., 1984, California State University-Chico
    • California
    • Nevada
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

    IAM Patent 1000, Recommended Expert - Patent Litigation, Intellectual Asset Management, 2019

    Legal Elite, Nevada Business Magazine, 2017

    AV Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell, 2002-present

    Best Lawyers in America, 2020


    American Bar Association

    Nevada Trial Lawyers Association

    Washoe County Bar Association