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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Paul Steadman

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Intellectual Property

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Partner

Career

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.

Member

Federal Circuit Bar Association; Fifth Circuit Bar Association

Education

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) visibly strengthened its expertise in the media, sports and entertainment sectors through the merger with Los Angeles boutique Liner LLP and in 2017, was increasingly busy in the electronics, semiconductor, software and life sciences sectors. A recent success was the victory secured for Toshiba in infringement litigation filed by Intellectual Ventures, involving patents on semiconductor memory chips and consumer electronics products. The practice’s experience in the automotive sector showed when defending Mazda, Subaru, Volvo and Robert Bosch against an infringement suit filed by Blitzsafe. Other clients include Samsung, Nike and Lululemon. US litigation practice head Mark Fowler in Silicon Valley, global Intellectual Property and Technology chair John Allcock in San Diego, and the Chicago-based Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell are the main contacts. The ‘responsive, reliable and knowledgeable’ Steven Park is based in Atlanta. In Los Angeles, Douglas Emhoff joined from Venable LLP and Jeremy Elman left for Dorsey & Whitney LLP. In July 2018, the former head of McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s trade secrets practice, Eric Hagen, joined the firm’s Los Angeles office.

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Patent litigation: international trade commission

Within: Patent litigation: international trade commission

DLA Piper LLP (US) ‘understands the management and decision-making processes in large corporations’, provides ‘effective legal service’ and is well versed in high-profile work from the technology, electronics and automotive sectors. ‘Outstanding trial lawyers’ Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell, both in Chicago, represented respondent Denso in a large ITC investigation brought by Intellectual Ventures regarding patents of thermoplastics used in motors and Silicon Valley partner Mark Fowler led advice for Samsung Electronics and Samsung Semiconductor on an investigation following a complaint by ParkerVision targeting radio frequency chips, eventually securing a favourable settlement. Other key practitioners include the San Diego-based Sean Cunningham and Washington DC’s Joseph Lavelle. BMW, Toshiba and Techtronic Industries also feature on the client list.

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