Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
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Stephanie's practice focuses on patent litigation and appeals. She has handled cases in federal district courts across the country, and is experienced in day-to-day management of complex patent litigation, including development of litigation strategy, coordinating written discovery and document production, taking and defending depositions, working with experts, drafting and arguing claim construction and dispositive motions, and mediation/settlement. Stephanie also regularly practices in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, having briefed and argued patent appeals on behalf of a wide variety of clients.
Stephanie has represented clients in a broad range of technological fields, including wired and wireless networking, network security, telecommunications, Internet and e-commerce systems, distributed computing systems, fintech, manufacturing systems, oil and gas tools and systems, and nutritional supplements.
In addition to her patent litigation experience, Stephanie tried seven jury trials to verdict while serving as a Deputy Prosecutor for the City of Austin in conjunction with the firm's attorney loan program. Before attending law school, Stephanie worked as an engineer for a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, and 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.
Stephanie is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and all United States District Courts in Texas. She is also licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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 all United States District Courts in Texas.
- New York State Bar
- Texas State Bar
- US Patent and Trademark Attorney
- Defended a leading financial services provider in patent litigation involving authentication technology; settled favorably shortly after the Markman hearing.
- Defended leading movie-theater companies in patent litigation involving patents related to digital rights management; settled favorably less than a month before trial.
- Defended a large computer company in patent litigation in federal district court involving patents related to power-over-ethernet technology; settled favorably a few days before trial.
- Defended a large telecommunications company in patent litigation in federal district court involving patents related to mesh-network technology; obtained a dismissal shortly before the Markman hearing.
- Defended a large telecommunications company in patent litigation in federal district court involving patents related to messaging protocols in telecommunications networks; settled favorably following 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.
- Profiles in Diversity Journal, Women Worth Watching in STEM, 2023
- Legal 500 US, Recommended Lawyer, Patents: litigation (full coverage), The Legal 500, 2022-2023
- Best Lawyers - Appellate Practice, Best Lawyers, 2024
- Best Lawyers - Litigation - Intellectual Property, Best Lawyers, 2024
- Best Lawyers - Litigation – Patent, Best Lawyers, 2021 - 2024
- Texas Rising Star, Intellectual Property, Thomson Reuters, 2018 - 2020
- Moderator for panel discussion on Settlement of IP Cases, Texas Bar CLE, Advanced Intellectual Property Law Conference, February 2021
- Moderator for Judges Panel including Judge Alan Albright of the Western District of Texas and Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo of the Southern District of California, Institute for Law and Technology's 58th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, November 2020
- "Damages, Apportionment, and Lost Profits in Patent Cases", University of Texas Advanced Patent Law Institute, November 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
- Federal Circuit Bar Association
- Pro Bono attorney for American Gateways
- Volunteer for GirlStart