Areas of Practice
Languages
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Tamil
Education
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 2000, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Senior Submissions Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
  • Oberlin College, B.A., Biology, concentration in developmental and molecular biology, 1993
Judicial Clerkships
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Victor Marrero, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2001-2002
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
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Washington DC 20036
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Paul D. Lall is of counsel in Steptoe’s Washington office, where he is a member of the Intellectual Property Group.

Mr. Lall has more than 14 years of experience litigating in federal courts across the country, including patent matters related to software, relational databases, semiconductor chip design, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products.  Mr. Lall also represents clients in inter partes review proceedings before the UP Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Lall has represented Fortune 100 and large foreign companies in complex civil litigations involving trade secrets, antitrust and securities laws, as well as contractual disputes related to corporate acquisitions.

Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Lall served as a trial attorney in the Environmental Division of the US Department of Justice, defending agency decisions in federal courts throughout the country.  While in law school, he served as a judicial extern at the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, who is currently an associate justice of the US Supreme Court.  In addition, Mr. Lall served as a law clerk to US District Judge Victor Marrero in the Southern District of New York and practiced law for several years in the litigation department of a prominent New York law firm.

Representative Matters

Patent Litigations in Federal Court

  • Skyhook Wireless, Inc. v. Google, Inc. (D. Mass.) – Defending Google in litigation related to 8 patents related to Wi-Fi and location based services.
  • Beacon Navigation GmbH v. Hyundai Motor Company, et al. (E.D. Mich.) – Representing Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai Motor America, and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama LLC in patent litigation brought by Beacon Navigation GmbH regarding six patents related to Global Positioning System (GPS) technology; successfully transferred case to E.D. Mich. and obtained stay pending completion of inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Autoliv v. Hyundai Mobis (M.D. Ala.) – Defending Hyundai Mobis in litigation related to passenger airbag patents; obtained stay of litigation after filing petition for inter partes review with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • American Honda Motor Co., Inc. v. Cruise Control Technologies LLC (2014), IPR2014-00289, -00279, -00280, -00281, -00291 -  Successfully represented petitioner, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in inter partes review proceedings involving a single patent relating to cruise control products and services.  The patent owner filed a preliminary response and a motion for joiner in each of the proceedings.  The Board denied the motion for joinder and instituted all five inter partes review proceedings.
  • American Honda Motor Co., Inc v. Vehicle Operation Technologies, LLC (2014), IPR2014-00600, -00601, -00594, -00602, -00603 -  Representing petitioner, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in inter partes review proceedings involving a single patent relating to systems and methods for displaying the operating conditions of a vehicle.
  • Affinity Labs v. General Motors (E.D. Tex. 2012) – Representing General Motors in a patent infringement suit relating to automotive sounds systems and portable audio players.
  • Azure Networks, LLC v. LG Mobilcomme U.S.A., Inc., et al. (E.D. Tex. 2012) – Represented LG Electronics, Inc., LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. and LG Electronics Mobilecomm U.S.A., Inc. in a patent infringement suit relating to smartphones and Bluetooth technology.
  • ORG Structure Innovations, LLC v. Allen Systems Group (D. Del. 2012) – Represented Allen Systems Group in a patent infringement suit relating to identity management software.
  • Pfizer v. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al., (D. Del. 2011) – Defended Sandoz in ANDA trial related to three patents directed to the active pharmaceutical ingredient pregabalin and methods of use (Lyrica®).
  • Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al. (N.D. Cal. 2011) – Represented Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC in a patent infringement litigation involving user interfaces, and product and packaging design of phones and computer tablets. 
  • Stragent, LLC, et. al. v. Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., et al. (E.D. Tex. 2011) – Represented American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in a patent infringement suit brought by Stragent and SeeSaw Foundation regarding a patent for voice recognition technology.
  • Stragent, LLC, et. al. v. Amazon (E.D. Tex. 2010) Represented Amazon in a patent infringement suit brought by Stragent and SeeSaw Foundation regarding a patents related to creation and management of database-backed websites.
  • Iris Corporation v. Japan Airlines Int’l Co., Ltd. (Fed. Cir. 2010) – Representing Japan Airlines (JAL) in an appeal of judgment determination of non-infringement on a US patent involving a method for manufacturing e-passports.  Japan Airlines filed a suggestion of bankruptcy, which was treated as a motion to stay.  The motion was granted and the appeal has been stayed pending bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Parallel Networks, LLC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Co., et al. (E.D. Tex. 2010) – Represented Toyota against allegations of patent infringement involving dynamically generated applets in Internet software applications.
  • MHL Tek v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2008) – Represented American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in patent litigation involving tire pressure sensor monitors.
  • Vonage v. Nortel (D. Del. 2007) – Represented plaintiff Vonage in Declaration Judgment action with respect to three Nortel patents covering VoIP technology. Case settled.
  • Simpleair Holdings, Inc. v. m-Qube, Inc. et al. (E.D. Tex. 2007) – Represented m-Qube (a subsidiary of VeriSign, Inc.) in patent litigation involving telecommunications and Internet technology.
  • Gillette v. Schick, (D. Mass. 2005) – Represented plaintiff Gillette to assert patents against major competitor.

Other Litigations in Federal Court

  • Sumitomo Corp. v. J.P. Morgan Chase, (S.D.N.Y. 2002) – Represented Sumitomo Corporation in RICO civil litigation seeking to recover losses from unauthorized trading of commodity derivative and futures contracts.
  • Sardanis v. Sumitomo Corp., (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2001) – Represented Sumitomo Corporation in cases alleging bribery, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and unjust enrichment.  Obtained sanctions against adversary and opposing counsel.  Case dismissed.
  • In re Copper Antitrust, (W.D. Wis., 2001) – Represented Sumitomo Corporation in multiple cases consolidated by the MDL alleging antitrust conspiracy to manipulate the price of copper and copper derivatives.

Section 337 Investigations before the US International Trade Commission

  • Certain Integrated Circuit Packages Provided With Multiple Heat-Conducting Paths and Products Containing Same (2012), USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-851 - Represented LG Electronics in a patent infringement investigation brought by ITRI alleging LG’s LCD televisions contain integrated circuit packages provided with multiple heat-conducting paths that infringe one or more claims of the asserted patent. ITRI withdrew their complaint and requested that the ITC terminate the investigation. The complainant also indicated that it would not refile the case at the ITC.
  • Certain Automotive GPS Navigation Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing The Same (2011), USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-814 – Represented respondents Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. against allegations of patent infringement by Beacon Navigation GmbH. The four patents at issue related to Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Beacon Navigation GmbH was seeking exclusion of cars containing infringing automotive GPS units from the United States, which could have affected up to thirty percent of our clients’ US business. After we notified the complainant of an intent to file a motion regarding discovery related to licensing and its domestic industry allegations, complainant withdrew its complaint and the investigation was terminated.
  • Certain Electronic Digital Media Devices and Components Thereof (2011), USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-796 – Representing respondent Samsung against allegations brought by Apple Inc. of patent infringement related to mobile phone handsets and tablet computers.
  • Certain Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music And Data Processing Devices, And Tablet Computers (2011), USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-794 – Representing complainant Samsung to assert the infringement of five patents related to certain electronic devices, including smart phones, portable music and data processing devices, and tablet computers.
  • Certain Semiconductor Chips and Products Containing Same (2011), USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-753 – Representing respondent Seagate Technology against allegations brought by Rambus Inc. of patent infringement involving six patents covering memory controller and chip-to-chip interface technologies.

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Selected Publications

  • Note: Immigrant Farmworkers and the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation
    2000, 31 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 597