Michael Kientzle's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. He has represented a broad range of technology, media, sports and consumer products companies in intellectual property disputes, including in litigation before the federal courts, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the Copyright Royalty Board. Mr. Kientzle has extensive experience in all stages of litigation, having successfully represented clients in jury trials, bench trials and appeals.

Additionally, Mr. Kientzle's practice includes advising clients on trademark, copyright and related intellectual property matters and assisting clients in managing and enforcing their intellectual property portfolios.

Mr. Kientzle graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Mr. Kientzle served as a law clerk to Senator Amy Klobuchar, and was a judicial intern to the Honorable Judge Block of the Court of Federal Claims.


  • Major League Baseball in trial and appellate proceedings concerning the allocation of statutory royalties paid for the retransmission of broadcast signals.
  • Major League Baseball in rulemaking proceedings before the United States Copyright Office and Copyright Royalty Board.
  • Financial technology companies in branding and trademark prosecution and enforcement strategies for mobile applications, including proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Numerous clients in inter partes litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Numerous clients in negotiating resolutions of royalty disputes.
  • Numerous clients in clearing and enforcing trademark rights.
  • Medical device company in successful two week federal jury trial.


Lit Alerts—December 2021
A Publication of the Litigation Practice Group
Third Circuit: Section 230 Does Not Bar Pennsylvania Statutory Right of Publicity Claim Against Facebook
Federal Circuit Establishes Framework for Government Disputes with Software Companies (pdf)
The Licensing Journal, Vol. 41, No. 6
Fed. Circ. Ruling Establishes Framework for Gov't IP Disputes
Fed. Circ. Ruling Establishes Framework for Gov't IP Disputes
Aerospace & Defense Law360, Appellate Law360, Government Contracts Law360, Intellectual Property Law360, Technology Law360, Trials Law360


The Legal 500 US
Trademarks: litigation (2022)


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2013, cum laude
  • B.A., Luther College, 2010, cum laude
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member, International Trademark Association, Copyright Committee (2022–present)

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