IP Litigation

Steptoe’s IP Litigation team is led by experienced trial lawyers that have litigated a broad array of intellectual property matters ranging from patent, trademark, copyright, and trade dress infringement allegations to patent/antitrust claims.  Our trial lawyers and their teams have significant knowledge of the relevant technology, business issues, commercial markets, and law that allows them to find unique solutions to litigation projects.  By utilizing our attorneys’ and professionals’ specific backgrounds in engineering, science, and technology, we create customized, efficient, winning teams for each client representation.

Our litigators have extensive litigation experience in courts throughout the United States, before the US International Trade Commission and the Supreme Court.  They have tried scores of cases to judgment for Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, and small, emerging high-tech companies, before judges, juries, and administrative panels.  Several of our IP litigators provide first chair trial and appellate representation of corporations in major intellectual property litigation cases in district courts throughout the country and in appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The IP Litigation practice frequently makes use of the firm’s Complex Litigation Discovery Center (CLDC), established in 2003 in Rockville, Maryland.  More than 100 contract attorneys at the CLDC provide a cost-effective way to manage and address all aspects of discovery and litigation including document and electronic file analysis.  This turnkey operation is dedicated to that function and applies tried and true quality assurance protocols. 

Copyright Litigation
Steptoe attorneys have significant experience in copyright litigation.  We have represented telecommunications companies, financial institutions, filmmakers, and artists, among others, on issues relating to ownership, infringement, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and other cutting edge topics.

Patent Litigation
Over the past five years, Steptoe has developed a thriving, national patent litigation practice that operates seamlessly with the traditional litigation strengths of the firm.  Our Patent Litigation team consists of several former in-house counsels who are able to provide a unique perspective on client needs.  We have attracted lawyers and specialists with PhDs and masters degrees in all areas of technology and who help represent clients in all technology areas with expertise and valuable insights.

Trade Secret Litigation
Steptoe attorneys have litigated claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with prospective advantage or contractual relations, employee raiding, and related business torts. We also have litigated claims to enforce or invalidate confidentiality agreements and covenants not to compete. Our attorneys have experience litigating related claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, DMCA, and Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Trademark Litigation
Steptoe represents some of the country’s most well-known brands in the technology, manufacturing, apparel, automotive, entertainment, sports, television, food and beverage, and industrial supply industries, among others.  Our trademark litigators represent companies with in all aspects of trademark matters including infringement, application opposition, enforcement, and anti-counterfeiting issues.  The firm also has represented a wide range of clients in trademark and cybersquatting suits arising from improper registration and use of Internet domain names. 

Section 337/ITC Litigation
Over the course of nearly 30 years, Steptoe attorneys have handled more than 200 Section 337 cases.  These cases have involved a wide range of alleged unfair import practices, including copyright, patent, and trademark infringement; trade dress and trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, labeling issues, designation of origin issues, passing off, and product disparagement, among others. 

Appellate Litigation 
Steptoe IP attorneys regularly represent clients in appellate courts, including successful Supreme Court representations in Dastar v. Twentieth Century Fox, and Cardinal Chemical Co. v. Morton Intl. Inc.  Most recently, Steptoe successfully represented American Honda Motor Company, Inc. in a patent case in District Court and then on appeal, where the Federal Circuit affirmed the lower court decision and issued a precedential opinion. (Felix v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., et al.)