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Michael K. Kelly Elected to the Executive Council for the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Arizona

Michael K. KellyPHOENIX, Ariz. (August 18, 2015) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that Michael K. Kelly has been elected to the 2015-2016 Executive Council for the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Arizona.

The Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Arizona was established in 1984 with a mission to maintain the highest ethical standards in the practice of intellectual property law, and to facilitate communication among Arizona’s patent, trademark, and copyright practitioners.

“Technology companies need a robust Intellectual Property community to thrive,” stated Michael Kelly, Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Jennings Strouss. “The IP section provides an effective venue for Arizona practitioners to leverage that community.”

Kelly is Chair of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has over twenty-seven years of experience in all areas of intellectual property, including the procurement, enforcement, and defense of patents; trademarks, copyrights, and all aspects of trade secrets and unfair competition; international dispute resolution; Internet and new media; and related mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and IP asset acquisitions. Kelly is intimately familiar with the rules and procedures of U.S. patent and trademark prosecution, as well as the evolving protocols in Europe and Asia.

Mr. Kelly’s transactional and litigation intellectual property experience extends to a wide-range of areas and industries, including encryption, cybersecurity, medical imaging, software architecture, data cache and database systems, microprocessors, optics, semiconductor processing and wafer fabrication technologies, cloud computing, advanced weapons systems, medical devices, supersonic aircraft design, automotive systems, business methods, avionics, credit and financial services, mobile devices, smart phone applications, and consumer electronics.


On May 12, 2015, Michael K. Kelly authored an article for Intellectual Property magazine titled “Smartflash v. Apple,” in which he explains the lessons the tech community should learn from the $533 million jury ruling in Smartflash LLC’s favor against Apple, Inc. for patent infringement.


On May 5, 2015, Michael K. Kelly was interviewed for the InsideCounsel Magazine article, “What to do if someone is infringing on your patent.” The article discusses the Smartflash LLC win of $533 million from Apple Inc. for patent infringement, and why these types of lawsuits are on the rise.


On May 4, 2015, Michael K. Kelly contributed to the DigialGuardian.com article, “Data Security Experts Reveal the Biggest Mistakes Companies Make with Data & Information Security.” Kelly describes five mistakes, including:

  • heavily relying on technologies, such as firewalls, to prevent security breaches
  • failure to adequately appreciate the company’s exposure to a breach.
  • failure to adopt a response plan prior to a breach.
  • Wholesale delegation of data security to the Information Technology Department.
  • Failure to persistently patch vulnerabilities.

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Expands Intellectual Property Department with the Addition of Michael K. Kelly


Michael K. KellyPHOENIX, Ariz. (January 5, 2015) –
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that Michael K. Kelly has joined the firm as Chair of the Intellectual Property department.

“Michael’s experience makes him the ideal person to lead our intellectual property practice,” stated Scott Rhodes, Managing Attorney at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. “We are excited to have Michael on the Jennings Strouss team to expand and enhance the intellectual property services we offer our clients.”

Mr. Kelly has extensive experience in all areas of intellectual property, including the procurement, enforcement, and defense of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and all aspects of trade secrets and unfair competition, international dispute resolution, Internet and new media, and related mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and IP asset acquisitions.  He is intimately familiar with the rules and procedures of United States patent and trademark prosecution, as well as the evolving protocols in Europe and Asia.

Mr. Kelly assists clients in transactional and litigation related matters, including encryption, cyber security, medical imaging, software architecture, data cache and database systems, microprocessors, optics, semiconductor processing and wafer fabrication technologies, cloud computing, advanced weapons systems, medical devices, supersonic aircraft design, automotive systems, business methods, avionics, credit and financial services, mobile devices, smart phone applications, and consumer electronics.

“As one of Arizona’s pre-eminent business law firms, Jennings Strouss provides an excellent platform for advising companies in today’s dynamic patent climate,” Mr. Kelly noted. “Those companies that navigate successfully are tomorrow’s champions.”

Mr. Kelly earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University (1991), a J.D. from the University of Illinois (1987), and a B.S. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois (1983).  He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and admitted to practice in Arizona, where he currently serves on the executive council of the State Bar’s Intellectual Property Section.


October 3, 2014 — Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney, Andy Chambers, discusses the Chase data breach and what to do if you have a Chase account.

“In the event of a breach, a company needs to know that they have legal obligation in terms of notifying the effected customers, or members and taking steps to mitigate the damage to their customers in the form of credit monitoring and things like that, ” stated Chambers.  “But really what a company needs to do is be proactive to assess what type of data are they compiling, how are they keeping it, what security measures do they have in place, how long are they retaining that data, and to have a plan in place developed with their legal counsel, and some preferred vendors that can respond quickly in the event of a breach.”


September 30, 2014 — Jennings, Strouss & Salmon attorney, Andy Chambers, discusses “What Companies Can Do To Prevent Security Breaches” on AZTV’s Morning Scramble.

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