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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Paul Steadman

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Intellectual Property




With a degree in Materials Science Engineering and a strong background in the materials, mechanical and electrical arts, Paul is comfortable in almost any technology. His ability to understand and present technology is reflected in his work on behalf of clients in diverse technical fields, including: GPS and related navigation system technology, medical products, medical imaging, inverter controller integrated circuits, automotive safety systems and sensors, diesel fuel injectors and injection systems, lawn and garden and compact-utility tractors, high-tech glass, disposable and re-usable ear plugs, healthcare networks, consumer electronics, various semiconductors and integrated circuits, voltage protection, monolithic valves, computer software, digital compression, high-definition television, InGaN LEDs, DRAMs, MP3 players, hard disk media, and auto parts manufacturing.


Federal Circuit Bar Association; Fifth Circuit Bar Association


JD, The University of Chicago Law School; BS, Rice University

United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage

Within: Patent litigation: full coverage

DLA Piper LLP (US) provides ‘high-quality legal services in an effective and efficient way’ and ‘fully understands the management and decision-making processes in large corporations’. Washington DC-based Joseph Lavelle is ‘bright, responsive and well versed in patent litigation’ and ‘evaluates the merits of a case at the very beginning, developing a strategy based on its strengths and weaknesses’. Key figures in the Chicago office include technology expert Matthew Satchwell, who is ‘highly reliable for clients and formidable to opponents’, and Paul Steadman, who has a strong engineering background and is ‘an outstanding trial lawyer’. San Diego-based John Allcock currently represents Sophos, a network security provider, in an eight-patent infringement action brought by Finjan.

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Patent litigation: international trade commission

Within: Patent litigation: international trade commission

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ITC practice stands out for its expertise in public interest and domestic industry issues, and its impressive client list includes a number of consumer electronics and engineering sector clients, such as Samsung, Toshiba and Netlist. The team successfully defended Silicon Laboratories and Samsung in an ITC investigation following a patent infringement claim by Cresta Technology relating to the components used in the respondents’ television products. Silicon Valley-based Mark Fowler is a well-regarded first-chair trial lawyer and chairs the firm’s US patent litigation practice. Chicago-based Matthew Satchwell and Paul Steadman, San Diego’s Sean Cunningham and Joseph Lavelle in Washington DC are also key contacts.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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