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DLA Piper LLP (US)
444 WEST LAKE STREET
SUITE 900
CHICAGO, IL 60606-0089
United States
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Work Department

Intellectual Property and Technology; Patent Litigation; Antitrust and Competition; Appellate Advocacy; Cross-Border Litigation; International Arbitration; Commercial Contracts Disputes; Technology

Position

Partner

Career

Paul Steadman, an experienced first-chair trial lawyer, represents global companies in complex patent, trade secret, and other IP-related litigation.

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.

Memberships

Federal Circuit Bar Association; Fifth Circuit Bar Association

Education

J.D., The University of Chicago Law School; B.S., Rice University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s patent litigation team is ‘an amazing group of exceptionally talented and hardworking lawyers.‘ The ‘great, dedicated and responsive‘ team has experience across the gamut of patent litigation, including matters in the district courts and the Federal Circuit, the PTAB and the ITC. Following the merger with Liner LLP on the West Coast in autumn 2017, the practice further bolstered its life sciences offering on the East Coast with the arrival of Michael Dougherty and Tony Pezzano in New York, both of whom joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP. Technology-related instructions remain a core focus for the group, with a major recent highlight including practice head Mark Fowler successfully defending Toshiba against Intellectual Ventures, averting infringement claims for ten patents covering semiconductor memory chips and consumer electronics. Clients also include Samsung Electronics, Nike and BASF. Other names to note are ‘outstanding strategist‘ John Guaragna in Austin, the ‘awesome‘ Steven Park in Atlanta, San Diego quartet Sean CunninghamErin GibsonRichard Mulloy and Stan PanikowskiStuart Pollack in New York, Carrie Williamson in Silicon Valley, Boston’s Larissa Bifano and Michael Strapp, and Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell in Chicago. Clayton Thompson and Jake Zolotorev joined in Silicon Valley from Feinberg Day LLP and Tamany Vinson Bentz joined the Los Angeles office from Venable LLP. Additionally, Eric Hagen arrived from McDermott Will & Emery LLPPatrick Park, also in Los Angeles, was promoted to of counsel, while former of counsel Vincent Crowley joined TiVo and John Garvey joined Noria Therapeutics. Lawrence McClure and Gerald Sekimura retired. Todd Paterson also left the firm.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

The ‘amazing group of litigators‘ at DLA Piper LLP (US) are ‘responsive, prepared, easy to work with and down-to-earth‘ and impress with ‘an excellent work product and top-notch service and communication‘. Sean Cunningham, who ‘deserves exceptional mention for his commitment to the client‘, defended ResMed against a patent infringement complaint filed by Fisher & Paykel regarding five patents for sleep apnea masks, the second of two investigations filed against ResMed by Fisher & Paykel. Techtronic Industries and Home Depot instructed the team to defend against a complaint filed by Walbro, which involved infringement allegations regarding five patents for outdoor equipment and power tools. Practice head Mark Fowler, who ‘always provides the right strategic advice‘, and Chicago duo Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell are also noted.

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s trade secrets team was significantly strengthened by the addition of Eric  Hagen, who joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Recent mandates of his included acting for Seagate Technology, which was accused of misappropriating over 50 trade secrets relating to disk drive technology. Elsewhere, Rajiv Dharnidharka defended BuildingConnected in a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit brought by its competitor JB Knowledge Technologies. Litigator Paul Steadman is also highly recommended. All lawyers are based in California except Steadman who is based in Chicago.