Steven R. Katz is a principal in Fish & Richardson’s Boston office, where he represents both large and small clients, from fortune 500 companies to startups, in high stakes intellectual property litigation. His practice focuses on patent litigation in federal courts throughout the country and before the International Trade Commission. He also routinely counsels clients on intellectual property issues, and assists clients in intellectual property licensing and resolving intellectual property disputes using alternative dispute resolution.
Mr. Katz is also a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and represents clients in Inter Partes Review procedures before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Mr. Katz has a focus in a variety of technical fields including wireless communications (including HSDPA, LTE, and CDMA), wireline communications (including SONET, T-Carrier, ATM), medical devices (including surgical robots), image processing, communications systems, digital television, seismic survey equipment, enterprise and consumer software, e-commerce systems, cryptography and secure systems, semiconductors, and mechanical and consumer devices.
Mr. Katz routinely argues at claim construction hearings on behalf of his clients and has participated in various jury trials in the federal district courts and hearings before the International Trade Commission. In addition, Mr. Katz was an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law where he taught Trial Advocacy.
Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, he clerked for the Honorable Judge Lourie on the United States Court Of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Katz was a circuit designer and then project manager for Telecommunications Techniques Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high speed telecommunication line analysis equipment.
Certain Network Devices, Related Software and Components Thereof II, 337-TA-945 (ITC) (switches and routers) Representing respondent Arista Networks. Case pending.
SafeNet, Inc. v. Uniloc Luxembourg & Uniloc USA, Inc. (ED.Tex) (software) Represented SafeNet and ten customers in patent suit involving license servers. Case settled favorably after SafeNet filed motion for summary judgment.
Fairfield Industries, Inc. v. Wireless Seismic, Inc (SD.Tex) (wireless communications for seismic detectors) Defended Wireless Seismic. Invalidated one of four patents and obtained favorable claim constructions for remaining three patents. Case settled favorably after claim construction order.
EveryScape, Inc. v. Adobe Systems Incorporated (D. Mass.) Represented Adobe in case involving multiple patents relating to photo editing software. Following jury trial, all claims found invalid.
Symantec Corp. v. Acronis, Inc (ND.Cal) (backup and recovery software) Defended Acronis in multi-patent case, argued at Markman hearing. Case settled after favorable Markman ruling.
Sybase, Inc. v. Vertica Systems, Inc. (ED.Tex) (databases) Defended Vertica in bet-the-company litigation involving two patents and column-oriented databases. Obtained summary judgment of invalidity on one half of one patent and a stipulation of no infringement based on the Court’s claim construction on the other half. Case settled on favorable, but confidential, license terms one week before scheduled invalidity hearing on second patent.
Brooktrout v. Eicon Networks (ED.Tex) (fax servers) Counsel for plaintiff Brooktrout in patent infringement suit against Eicon concerning the automatic routing of faxes over a computer network. Obtained injunction following jury verdict finding patents valid and infringed.
Bellcore v. FORE Systems (D.Del) (high speed digital networking) Defended FORE against assertion of six patents relating to telecommunications technology. Won summary judgment after claim construction.
Control Resources v. Delta Electronics and LSI Logic Storage Systems (D.Mass) (control circuitry) Defended Delta Electronics and LSI Logic Storage Systems in a patent infringement suit by Control Resources on two patents relating to automatic control circuitry for variable speed cooling equipment. Obtained summary judgment of no infringement on one patent. Plaintiff dismissed its remaining claims with prejudice.
Bose Corp. v. Cambridge Soundworks (D.Mass) (control electronics for audio equipment) Counsel for plaintiff Bose in suit brought against Cambridge Soundworks for infringement of patents concerning Wave® radio technology and for false advertising. Case settled.
Bose Corp. v. JBL, Inc. et al. (D.Mass) (audio equipment) Counsel for plaintiff Bose in suit for patent infringement brought against JBL and sister companies concerning loudspeaker and port tube design technology. Judgment for Bose after bench trial. Case affirmed on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
Schawbel Corp. and Helen of Troy v. Conair Corp. (D.Mass) (gas powered personal care appliances, patent infringement, interference with contract) Represented Conair in complex dispute between three parties involving claims of patent infringement related to a gas powered curling iron and claims of breach of contract and interference with contract. Case settled one month before trial.
ATI v. TRW Vehicle Safety Systems (ED.Mich) (airbag construction) Defended TRW in patent infringement suit involving the manufacture of airbags for vehicles. Case settled favorably hours before jury was to be empaneled after the Court granted many of TRW’s motions in limine.
Computer Motion, Inc. v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (CD.Cal) (robotically-assisted surgery) Defended Intuitive Surgical in a nine patent case relating to various aspects of surgical robots, including electrical, mechanical and computer software components, used to perform laparoscopic and thoracic surgery. Case settled.