Stephanie's practice focuses primarily on patent litigation. She has experience handling all phases of patent litigation, including written discovery and document production, fact and expert witness depositions, Markman briefing and hearings, dispositive motion briefing and hearings, trials, appeals, and mediation/settlement. Stephanie has represented both patent owners and accused infringers in patent infringement suits in federal district court and before the International Trade Commission. She also has experience litigating patent-related appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and representing clients in patent validity trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Stephanie has represented clients in a wide variety of technological fields, including wired and wireless networking, wireless telecommunication networks, power-over-ethernet, e-commerce systems, internet marketing, oil and gas tools and systems, heavy machinery, and computer systems (including software and hardware).
In addition to her patent litigation experience, Stephanie has tried seven jury trials to verdict as a Deputy Prosecutor for the City of Austin as part of the firm's attorney loan program. Before attending law school, Stephanie worked as an engineer for a semiconductor equipment manufacturer. Following law school, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
JD, with honors, University of Texas School of Law, 2010
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2003
While in law school, Stephanie was a member of the Texas Law Review and served as the Managing Director of the Legal Research Board. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Stephanie is admitted as a patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.
- Defended a large computer company in patent litigation in federal district court involving patents related to power-over-ethernet technology. The case settled favorably a few days before trial.
- Defended a large telecommunicatios company in patent litigation in federal district court involving patents relating to mesh-network technology. Obtained a dismissal shortly before the Markman hearing.
- Represented a large equipment manufacturer in patent infringement and trade secret litigation before the International Trade Commission. The team obtained a 10-year exclusion order for products utilizing the patented and trade secret technology.
- Represented e-commerce companies in appeals to the Federal Circuit from post-grant review proceedings. Obtained affirmance of favorable ruling and reversal of unfavorable ruling from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
- Texas State Bar
- US Patent & Trademark Attorney
Rankings and recognitions
- Texas Rising Star, Intellectual Property, Thomson Reuters, 2018
- "Legacy of the Supreme Court--Is Anyone Really Listening?", AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute, January 2018
- "Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Year In Review", Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, February 2017
Memberships and activities
- Federal Circuit Bar Association
- Honorable Lee Yeakel IP Inn of Court
- Austin Intellectual Property Law Association
- Pro Bono attorney for American Gateways
- Volunteer for GirlStart
SAS Institute, Inc.対 ComplementSoft,LLC の事件において、連邦巡回控訴裁判所(Federal Circuit)は、USPTO特許審判部(PTAB)がクレーム解釈をIPR手続中に変更したとして批判し、当該新解釈に基づいて特許権者のソフトウエア特許のクレームの一つが有効であるとしたPTABの決定を無効とした。.
September 19, 2016