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Steven C. Carlson

Partner | Silicon Valley
T (650) 453-5414
F (650) 368-9326

Steven C. Carlson, the Managing Partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office, is an intellectual property litigator with a focus on patent and trade secret disputes.  He litigates cases through trial in fields across the technology spectrum, representing high-tech, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies before district courts, appellate courts and the International Trade Commission.  He joined Kasowitz in 2013.

Steven served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roderick R. McKelvie in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (1999-2000) and to the Honorable Paul R. Michel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2000-2001).  He was named a “Rising Star” for intellectual property litigation by Super Lawyers from 2009-2011.  He is a co-author of the book Patents in Germany and Europe: Procurement, Enforcement, and Defense, and a co-author of the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, which is published by the Federal Judicial Center and provided to all federal judges as a best practices guide for handling patent cases.

Steven served as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps in Morocco from 1993-1996, where he directed health and sanitation programs in remote Berber villages.

Notable Representations

  • Represented Cepheid in defense of client’s PCR-based diagnostics assays against patents directed to lyophilized reagent spheres; argued Markman hearing; case settled favorably.
  • Won at trial and on appeal for Allergan in assertion of pharmacological patents for treatment of glaucoma against generic drug manufacturers, including presentation of expert testimony.
  • Represented SRI in assertion of patents relating to network intrusion detection systems, winning jury verdict and appeal.
  • Represented Applied Biosystems in assertion of realtime PCR instrument patent; argued Markman hearing; coordinated co-pending litigation in Germany and Netherlands; case settled favorably.
  • Argued Markman hearing for Microsoft and won summary judgment of invalidity of claims for automated spreadsheet technology.
  • Represented Microsoft in patent litigation involving operating system software, prepared damages case, resulting in complete jury trial victory.
  • Represented Allergan, Endo Pharmaceuticals and Supernus Pharmaceuticals in assertion of pharmacological patents for treatment of overactive bladder against generic manufacturers.
  • Prepared Markman briefing in telecommunications case on behalf of CallWave, with court adopting all positions argued.
  • Defended Samsung at trial against patents relating to semiconductor chip packaging technology.
  • Represented third party Celera Diagnostics at trial in patent infringement matter relating to assay for detection of Hepatitis C.
  • Responsible for pretrial preparations and summary judgment briefing in International Trade Commission in hard drive technology case for Cornice.
  • Represented Nassda in California state court trade secret matter relating to electronic design automation technology.
  • Responsible for pretrial preparations and summary judgment drafting on behalf of Applera, in matter relating to DNA forensics technology.

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