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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.  Steven also offers strategic advice for companies to strengthen their IP portfolios.

Steven is highlighted in the 2014-2015 editions of The Legal 500 in the “Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation: Full Coverage” practice area, and 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 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).

Steven is serving as an adjunct lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law teaching a patent litigation class focused on Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings.  He previously volunteered in the United States Peace Corps in Morocco from 1993-1996, where he directed health and sanitation programs in remote Berber villages.  He continues to pursue those interests as a member of Rotary International.

Notable Representations

  • Representing developers of intelligent plush toys seeking rescission of asset purchase agreement concerning intellectual property and other assets currently held by Smart Toy Holdings, LLC.
  • Representing Coda Innovations as lead counsel in a trade secret, fraud, and improper inventorship action against The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, relating to misappropriation of Coda's intellectual property for the self-inflating tire.
  • Representing Superior Oil Company Inc. in a patent priority dispute against Solenis Technologies LP relating to corn oil extraction technology in bioethanol production facilities.
  • Defending Tasmanian software company JadeLiquid Software Ptd. Ltd. in multi-jurisdiction patent litigation against Novell, Inc. regarding allegations of patent infringement relating to cloud computing.
  • Representing medical device company RolleSolutions, Inc. in a trade secret and unfair competition suit against a former employee.
  • Argued Markman hearing and successfully defended Cepheid’s PCR-based diagnostics against patents directed to lyophilized reagent spheres.
  • Successfully represented Allergan at trial and on appeal, including presentation of expert testimony in assertion of pharmacological patents for treatment of glaucoma.
  • Winning jury verdict and appeal on behalf of SRI in assertion of patents relating to network intrusion detection systems.
  • Successfully represented Applied Biosystems in assertion of realtime PCR instrument patent; argued Markman hearing and coordinated co-pending litigation in Germany and the Netherlands.
  • Argued Markman hearing for Microsoft and won summary judgment of invalidity of claims for automated spreadsheet technology.
  • Won complete jury trial victory on behalf of Microsoft in patent litigation involving operating system software.
  • Represented Allergan, Endo Pharmaceuticals and Supernus Pharmaceuticals in assertion of pharmacological patents for treatment of overactive bladder.
  • Court adoption of all positions argued in Markman briefing on behalf of CallWave in telecommunications case.
  • 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 on behalf of Cornice in International Trade Commission case regarding hard drive technology.
  • Represented Nassda in 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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