Steve is the firm's managing partner since its inception in 1999. His practice's focus is technology and intellectual property law, specializing in trade secret and innovation protection, litigation and IP audits. He has been involved in the specialty chemical industry for nearly 10 years, working as attorney, Chief Innovation Officer, and CEO of a paint and coatings company. His technical expertise includes organic chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology.
Admissions and Litigation Experience
- University of Texas
1974 B.S., Biology
- Texas A&M University
1976 M.S., Genetics
- Texas A&M University
1985 Ph.D., Biochemistry
- Baylor College of Medicine
1986-1988, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Biochemistry
- University of Houston
Steve is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern, Western, Eastern and Northern Federal District Courts of Texas and the Texas State Courts. He litigation experience includes cases tried in Federal Courts in the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas, the Texas State District Courts, the U.S. Patent Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Additionally, Steve provided expert testimony before the Texas legislature related to the legislative overruling of that decision and the establishment of a "discovery rule" in Texas trade secret jurisprudence.
- Texas A & M University System v. Genomic FX, L.P.,aka GeneticFX, L.P.; GenomicFX Holdings, Inc.; GenomicFX Inc.; Thomas Burnell; Jeremy Taylor; Scott Davis; Sara Davis and Jay Hetzel, Cause No. GV-101913, in the District Court of Travis County, Texas; 250th Judicial District. Steve represented Defendant Jeremy Taylor in this alleged misappropriation of trade secrets involving intricate genetic and genomic analyses of beef cattle.
- Computer Sciences Corp. v. Policy Management Systems Corp, Neuronworks Pty., Ltd., Paul John Edward Beinat, dba Beinat Consulting Pty., Ltd., Beinat Investments Pty., Ltd.; Graham Stanley Bartholomew, dba Bartholomew Consulting Pty, Ltd., Goodwords Pty., Ltd.; Nicolas Alvin Townsend dba Townsend Software Pty., Ltd.; Barry James Hornery dba Hornery Investments Pty., Ltd., Noworks Pty., Ltd., Case No. A 00CA033SS in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Steve litigated in a misappropriation of trade secrets case, involving sophisticated insurance software. The case ended in a settlement favorable to CSC as a result of a mini-trial outcome.
- Zachry Construction Corp. and H.B. Zachry Company v. The Shaw Group, Inc., Ralph Wilson, and Joseph St. Julian, In the District Court of 288th Judicial District, Bexar County, Texas, removed to federal court. On behalf of The Shaw Group, Inc., accused of misappropriation and theft of trade secrets involving construction industry software. Steve attorney for The Shaw Group, Inc.. This case was settled favorable for our client.
- Choice! Energy (NE), Limited Partnership, Choice! Power & Light, Inc. and choice! Energy, L.P. v. Samuel C. Kilpatrick, William H. Tompkins, Prebon Financial Products, Inc., Arthur Hughes and Carmine Capobianco, Civil Action No. H-99-0370, in the United State District Court for the Southern District Court, Houston, Division. Steve represented an ex-employee accused of trade secret misappropriation.
- Little Saigon Radio Broadcasting, Inc. v. Douglas Broadcasting, Inc. et al., District Court of Harris County, Texas, 190th Judicial District, C.A. 97-45719. This case was a trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation case. Steve successfully assisted lead attorneys in securing a preliminary injunction against competitive radio station that had taken over broadcast frequency and was using same name as our client.
- Baylor College of Medicine v. Taghi Manshouri, District Court of Harris County, Texas, 165th Judicial District, C.A. 93-037411. A biotechnology trade secret misappropriation case in which Steve was successful in obtaining an ex parte TRO.
Steve has procured patents for the Texas Heart Institute, Aronex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ceres Technologies, Inc., California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sulzer Medica, Inc., Intermedics Orthopedics, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and NASA-JSC, among others.
- American Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- Austin Intellectual Property Law Association
(Serving on their trade secret and biotechnology law committees)
- National Paints and Coatings Association
- American Coatings Association