Steve has substantial first-chair litigation experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property disputes.
Represented Plaintiff/patentee against a direct competitor
Petitioned for ex parte re-examination of his client's patent after Defendant/accused infringer identified substantial prior art not considered during original examination of the patent. After all asserted claims received a final rejection, the patentability of all claims was confirmed on the eve of trial, resulting in a confidential settlement.
Represented Defendant accused of patent infringement
After successfully invalidating all claims in the asserted patent through two separate ex parte re-examinations, the Plaintiff/patentee agreed to pay Steve's client a confidential amount to dismiss counterclaims of false advertising.
Represented a husband and wife accused of trademark infringement by a nationally known company
After establishing that the husband and wife owned superior common law trademark rights, the Plaintiff/registered trademark owner agreed to a confidential purchase of the husband and wife's trademark.
Currently representing client in litigation to determine insurance coverage for claims of copyright infringement
Steve represented a client in the seminal South Carolina case on insurance coverage for trademark infringement and is currently representing another client in litigation to establish insurance coverage for copyright infringement.