Steve Pepe is an accomplished trial lawyer who focuses on patent litigation in nearly every significant patent jurisdiction, including the International Trade Commission, the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the PTAB. Steve has litigated patent cases for over 20 years, including as lead or co-lead counsel in over a dozen lawsuits. He specializes in complex infringement cases and has achieved numerous successes for companies in the fields of computer technology, semiconductors, telecommunications, consumer products, and mechanical systems. Steve is experienced in managing and coordinating multi-jurisdictional disputes that involve parallel actions in U.S. district courts, the International Trade Commission, and foreign jurisdictions. Steve works with diverse clients and cases that range from high-profile, “bet-the-company” litigations for Fortune 500 companies to smaller litigations for rapidly growing start-up technology companies.
Steve has been involved in multiple PTAB proceedings and has been at the forefront of the law relating to standard essential patents and FRAND. Steve has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2013.
- Co-lead counsel representing StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. in a series of district court actions involving the assertion of its patents relating to out-of-band authentication techniques and systems. Current pending cases include actions in the District of Massachusetts (Gemalto, Inc.; Vasco Data Security) and the Eastern District of Virginia (SecureAuth Corp.; Entrust, Inc.). Also representing StrikeForce in defense of one of its patents in inter partes review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
- Certain L-Tryptophan, L-Tryptophan Products, and Their Methods of Production (337-TA-1005) – Counsel defending CJ CheilJedang adverse to its competitor Ajinomoto in a two-patent dispute relating to genetically-modified bacteria for the production of L-tryptophan.
- Imperium IP Holdings (Cayman), Ltd. v. Samsung Electronics: Co-lead counsel in a case relating to three patents directed to functionality of image sensors and camera modules. The case involved a six-day trial in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Certain Wireless Devices with 3G and 4G Capabilities: Co-lead counsel on behalf of Samsung Electronics in an ITC investigation, including an eight-day trial, brought by InterDigital relating to seven patents directed to 3G and 4G standards.
- Certain Devices Containing Non-Volatile Memory and Products Containing the Same: Represented Spansion in an ITC investigation, including a five day trial, brought by Macronix relating to three patents directed to flash memory.
- Certain Devices Containing Non-Volatile Memory and Products Containing the Same: Lead counsel on behalf of Spansion in a second ITC investigation brought by Macronix relating to 3 patents directed to flash memory.
- Motorola Mobility LLC v. Microsoft: Managed and co-led the Motorola team in multiple litigations against Microsoft involving over 30 patents, including patents essential to the 802.11, H.264 and 3G standards, asserted in various jurisdictions including the International Trade Commission, the Southern District of Florida, the Western District of Wisconsin, and the Western District of Washington. The dispute involved novel FRAND issues and included three trials, including two in the International Trade Commission.
- Certain Television Sets, Television Receiver, Television Tuners and Components Thereof: Defended Samsung Electronics in an ITC investigation relating to two patents directed to television tuners. Led a team that successfully obtained summary determination of non-infringement for a design-around product.
- Certain Wireless Communication System Server Software, Wireless Handheld Devices and Battery Packs: Co-lead counsel on behalf of Motorola in an ITC investigation against RIM relating to five patents, including a patent essential to the 802.11 standard, directed to features of wireless devices. RIM settled with Motorola shortly before the Markman hearing as part of a global settlement of all litigation between Motorola and RIM.
- Motorola v. Research in Motion: Managed and co-led the Motorola team in multiple litigations against RIM involving of over 20 patents, including patents essential to the 802.11 standard, asserted in various jurisdictions including the International Trade Commission, the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas.
- Visual Content IP, LLC v. HTC America, Inc.: Lead counsel for Samsung Electronics in a case filed in the Eastern District of Texas relating to three patents directed to image capture and processing.
- Certain Digital Televisions and Certain Products Containing Same and Methods Using Same: Lead counsel on behalf of Polaroid in a successfully concluded ITC litigation relating to two patents directed to digital televisions and the ATSC standard.
- Praxair, Inc. v. Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.: Represented Praxair in multi-district litigation against ATMI relating to systems for the controlled discharge of toxic gases. The Federal Circuit affirmed the Southern District of New York’s summary judgment ruling that ATMI’s patents were invalid. In a separate case, a federal jury in Delaware, after an eight-day jury trial, found that ATMI infringed two Praxair patents.
- Syndia Corp. v. The Gillette Company: Represented Gillette in a three-week jury trial on four patents relating to a plasma-enhanced PVD process used in manufacturing the MACH3 razor blade.
- Motorola, Inc. v. VTech Communications, Inc. et al.: Co-lead counsel in a successfully concluded litigation relating to five patents covering telecommunication products and features.
- DataSci, LLC v. e Trials Worldwide, Inc.: Co-lead counsel in a successfully concluded litigation relating to a patent directed to centralized collection of data using the Internet.
- Akrion, Inc. v. Solid State Equipment Corporation: Co-lead counsel in a successfully concluded litigation relating to six patents directed to semiconductor processing.
- Co-author, “Promega: Can Inducer And Infringer Be The Same Party Now?,” Law360 (March 16, 2015)
- Cited, “Spansion Targets Macronix Patents In PTAB Review Petitions,” Law360 (July 22, 2014)
- Moderator, “Cross-Jurisdictional IP Litigation Interplay - Pet Peeves from the Bench on Timing, Discovery, Evidence, Claim Construction and the Management of Joint Proceedings, Practice Recommendations for Counsel from the Federal District Court, PTAB and ITC Bench” (December 2016)
- Presenter, “Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2016: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing,” (June 2016)
- Presenter, “Recent Issues and Trends in IP Disputes in the U.S. and Korea,” Seoul, Korea (May 2016)
- Presenter, “Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2015: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing,” (June 2015)
- Presenter, “Patent Drafting & Prosecution: A Trial Lawyer’s Perspective,” PLI Patent Prosecution Boot Camp (June 13, 2014)