Michael J. Remington

Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
michael.remington dbr.com
Phone: (202) 842-8839
Fax: (202) 842-8465


Michael J. Remington has over 35 years of experience in intellectual property law (copyrights, trademarks, patents and semiconductor chip mask works), legal reform, government relations and lobbying. For nine years, he was chief counsel of the Judiciary Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration. At Drinker Biddle, Mike was the founding chair of the Intellectual Property Group.

Mike served as counsel to the House of Representatives for enactment of over twenty public laws related to copyrights, trademarks and patents. He was a member of the U.S. Delegation for the Working Groups and the Diplomatic Conference on an International Treaty with regard to Integrated Circuits, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He has served as a consultant to WIPO, The Asia Foundation, USAID and the United Nations on intellectual property matters in Asia (most recently in China and South Korea) and South America. Mike served as staff to the Presidential Clemency Board in the Ford White House and to the National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council in the Clinton Administration.

Mike is the former director of the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal, an entity established by Congress to study and report to the President, Chief Justice and Congress on issues relating to judicial misconduct and impeachment. He also served as counsel to the House of Representatives for numerous laws improving the administration of justice. He was an advisor and liaison to the Federal Courts Study Committee, and has received certificates of commendation from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mike also has been elected secretary of the European Institute, the world’s leading forum for promoting European-American relations. He has testified before Congress on several occasions, including on measures enacted into law.

Mike’s clients include a performing rights organization comprising thousands of songwriters and music publishers, a prominent university foundation involved in technology licensing, major bio-pharmaceutical trade associations, an alliance of inventors and start-ups, a printing industry association, a national association of immigration judges and individual authors and creators. He has served as an expert witness on legislative history in several patent and copyright cases. Mike has taught additionally at George Mason University School of Law and Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, and has received numerous awards and recognitions.


  • Declaration, Revision of the Cable and Satellite Carrier Compulsory Licenses, Dkt. No. 97-1 (Copyright Office).
  • Opinion Letter in the Matter of Satellite Delivery of Broadcast Signals Under The Satellite Home Viewer Act, CS Docket No.: 98-201, RM No. 9335, and RM No. 9345 (Federal Communications Commission).
  • Oral Testimony and Written Statement, Hearing on Operations of the Judicial Misconduct and Recusal Statutes Before the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, 107th Cong., 1st Sess. (2001).
  • Oral Testimony and Written Statement, Hearing on Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) Structure and Process Before the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, 107th Cong., 2nd Sess. (2002).
  • Oral Testimony and Written Statement, Hearing on Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2003 Before the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, 108th Cong., 1st Sess. (2003).
  • White Paper, Background Discussion of Copyright Law and Potential Liability for Students Engaged in P2P File-Sharing on University Networks, American Council on Education (2003), revised (2006).
  • Twenty years of experience in copyright royalty distribution and rate-setting proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Judges and the predecessor copyright arbitration royalty panels (1996-2016).


Commendation, National Association of Immigration Judges (2015)
IP Stars, Managing Intellectual Property (2014-2015)
Who’s Who in America (2012-Present)
Non-Resident Lawyers Division Founder’s Award, State Bar of Wisconsin (June 2011)
Burton Award for Legal Achievement - Legal Writing (with Philip J. Cardinale), presented by the Burton Foundation in association with the Library of Congress and American Bar Association (2010)
Belle Case La Follette Award for Outstanding Professional Achievements, Wisconsin Law Foundation (2005)
Certificate of Commendation, 11th Circuit Judicial Conference (1982)
Fulbright Scholarship (1974-1975, Paris, France)
Who’s Who in American Law
Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)

Invited to the White House on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights under Law, hosted by President Barack Obama (August 1, 2013)

Selected by Secretary of State to deliver accession papers to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works to the World Intellectual Property Organization (Nov. 16, 1988)


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Wisconsin


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1973, cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.S., 1967

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court


  • Association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale
  • Copyright Society of the United States
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • European Institute, Secretary
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Fulbright Scholar Association
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board of Directors
  • Peace Corps, Cote d’Ivoire (Past Volunteer)
  • Union Internationale des Avocats