Steve is a seasoned intellectual property trial lawyer who has successfully represented clients in District Courts across the United States, the US International Trade Commission and international tribunals. Currently, he is preparing for an ITC trial relating to high-speed memory modules.
His practice emphasizes patent litigation, representing patent owners and accused infringers in cases involving telecommunications, semiconductors, software, and biotech diagnostics. His experience handling both enforcement and defense representations informs his approach to developing and deploying successful strategies for his clients.
Clients have entrusted Steve to handle cases against some of the biggest technology companies in the world, enforcing patent owner rights and helping them to secure individual settlements of more than a hundred million dollars. In his representation of accused infringers, Steve has achieved successes in the form of trial victories, summary judgment, and early settlements for nuisance amounts.
Clients look to Steve for his relentless and pragmatic approach to problem-solving. One to always see the big picture, he takes a practical approach to highly complex legal and technical issues, finding critical strengths in his clients’ cases and weaknesses in their opponents’ positions.
His insights and views on intellectual property issues are frequently sought and have been featured in publications such as the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, PC World, Red Herring, IP Law & Business, and Law360. Most recently, Steve has published and presented on the topic of damages and the Federal Circuit’s current approach to the Entire Market Value Rule.
He has been listed among the top IP litigators in Silicon Valley by The Legal 500 and has also been recognized multiple times as one of the Top 50 IP litigators in California by the Daily Journal. He was also previously recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top “40 Under 40” litigators in the country.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Stephen J. Akerley