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Howard Michael

Phone: +1 312.321.4244
455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60611

Howard Michael is a co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Technology & Brand Protection Group. With nearly 25 years of litigation and counseling experience in the fields of trademarks, copyrights, advertising and trade secrets, Howard represents many of the world’s largest companies and supports several of the world’s most famous brands. A seasoned courtroom veteran who advises on transactional and prosecution matters, Howard represents clients in a wide range of industries, including social media, data security and privacy, alternative energy solutions, waste disposal, apparel, banking and finance, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, electrical devices, food and beverage, cargo solutions, and home and consumer goods.

Among his other areas of practice, Howard has a particular focus on high-stakes, fast-moving trademark counterfeiting matters. He works closely with the courts, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Marshals Service to stop counterfeit goods from entering the country, obtains injunctive relief, and coordinates the ex parte seizures of counterfeit goods.

His many other cases involve virtually every area of intellectual property, including trademark, copyright and patent infringement, false advertising, unfair competition, trademark dilution, and trade dress. He manages trademark portfolios for many of the largest brands and appears regularly in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He is also regularly asked to speak on topical trademark issues.

Applying an extremely well-rounded litigation and transactional perspective, Howard thinks forward to identify and avoid potential pitfalls and areas of controversy.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Howard was a shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a famous baking company in trademark infringement litigation involving the national launch of a product line and issues including fair use and geographic rights. 
  • Coordinated the seizure of illegally imported counterfeit goods into the United States; obtained temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, ex parte seizure orders, and final judgments against several defendants. 
  • Coordinated several worldwide trademark clearance projects in the alternative energy fields. 
  • Secured federal trademark protection in connection with iconic athletic footwear. 
  • Coordinated foreign trademark litigation directed to counterfeit cargo goods. 
  • Assisted a not-for-profit client in developing and licensing a groundbreaking online course for Chicago public school students.


  • University of Michigan, B.A. political science (1993)
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D. (1998)


  • International Trademark Association 
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association 
  • Chicago Bar Association 
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association


Admitted to practice: Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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"Protecting Your Brand: Advertising Challenges, Trademark Strategies for E-Commerce, and Cyber Blind Spots," Crowell & Moring, Webinar. (November 4, 2021). Speakers: Lauren B. Aronson, Emily Kappers, Alexander Urbelis, and Howard Michael.
"Unprecedented ‘Meta’ Domain Name Registrations," (November 2, 2021). Contacts: Howard Michael, Alexander Urbelis
Client Alert / Newsletter
ITC Can Protect Trademarks, Not Just Patents, Panel Says; Also Hope For Anti-Counterfeit Legislation International Trade Today (October 27, 2021)
Media Mentions
"2021 Year of the Knockoff - Apparel & Footwear Roundtable," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 26, 2021). Speakers: Preetha Chakrabarti, Joshua Pond, and Howard Michael.
“Boardroom: Trademark Challenges and Opportunities in the Pharmaceutical Industry,” WTR Connect (October 13, 2020). Speakers: Virginia Marino, Howard Michael.
"Allen v. Cooper: Supreme Court Holds States Immune from Copyright Suit," IP Insights (April 2, 2020). Contacts: Howard Michael, Jennifer J. Theis
Client Alert / Newsletter
“Patent Promenade: Intellectual Property Roundtable,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL (November 19, 2019). Speaker: Howard Michael.
“Trademark Policing and Enforcement ” Association of Corporate Counsel, Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL (September 5, 2019). Speaker: Howard Michael.
"Iancu v. Brunetti: Supreme Court Strikes Down "Scandalous Marks" Ban," IP Insights (July 8, 2019). Contacts: Howard Michael, Jennifer J. Theis
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Iancu v. Brunetti: Supreme Court Grants Cert to "Scandalous Marks" Case," IP Insights (January 10, 2019). Contacts: Howard Michael, Jennifer J. Theis
Client Alert / Newsletter

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