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Steven M. Levitan

Silicon Valley

Steven M. Levitan

Clients and colleagues have praised Steve Levitan for his successful intellectual property litigation practice for over two decades. With an emphasis on patent, trademark, trade secret, and technology contract disputes, his experience with Asia and Silicon Valley companies allows Steve to quickly identify the business issues that can affect their bottom line.

Steve's clients trust him to be lead counsel in numerous litigation matters, he has first chaired trials, and he's also argued before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Steve's intellectual property litigation experience includes numerous cases before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), and cases in federal courts, California, and Oregon state courts, as well as arbitrations conducted by the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association.

In addition to his litigation practice, throughout his career, Steve has negotiated intellectual property license agreements, as well as technology development and transfer agreements.

He has represented national and international clients involved in a wide spectrum of technologies, including semiconductor device design and manufacture, semiconductor fabrication equipment, telecommunications, computer hardware and software, e-commerce, online stock trading, medical devices, nutraceuticals, and cargo tie-down straps.

Representative Experience

Counsel for Google, Inc. and Respondents LG and Toshiba in an ITC patent infringement defense brought by Straight Path regarding certain mobile apps.

Counsel for Complainant Gaumard Scientific in ITC patent infringement litigation resulting in order excluding from importation the accused simulators.

Counsel for Hon Hai Precision Industry and Foxconn Electronics in lTC patent infringement defense brought by Microsoft re e-reader handheld devices.

Trial counsel for PCTEL in ITC patent infringement litigation against ESS Technology for infringement of PCTEL patents in HSP modems.

Counsel for USA Products Group and The Home Depot in defense of cargo strap patent infringement case; awarded "exceptional case" re attorney's fees.

Trial Counsel for Mosel Vitelic vs. Micron Technology in District of Delaware litigation involving semiconductor memory device patents.

Counsel for Collective Bias in trademark infringement litigation in the N.D. CA for Badgeville's use of Collective Bias's SOCIAL FABRIC trademark.

Counsel for uPI Semiconductor Corp. in defense of Richtek Technology's complaint for trade secret misappropriation in CA state court.

Counsel for BroadVoice, Inc. in litigation in the C.D. of California involving Broadcom's allegations of trademark infringement by BroadVoice re VoiP.

Counsel for Network Associates (computer systems integrator) in Calif. state court trade name litigation. Matter settled favorably prior to trial.

Trial counsel for Claimant WaferMasters, Inc. in AAA and ICC arbitration actions asserting breach of contract re WaferMasters' semi fabrication equip.

Counsel for Sun Microsystems, Inc. in MDL litigation against Microsoft involving Microsoft's alleged antitrust and copyright violations.

Counsel for Black Ice Software in California state court litigation against MAPS in one of the first cases brought under California's "anti-spam" law.

Trial counsel for uPI Semiconductor Corporation in defense of an lTC enforcement proceeding brought by Richtek Technology Corporation.

Counsel for Vivax-Metrotech Corp. in litigation before the lTC involving Radiodetection's allegations of patent infringement re cable and pipe designs.

Counsel for Mosel Vitelic, Inc. in lTC litigation involving Hitachi's and Elpida's alleged infringement of Mosel's semiconductor memory device patents.

Counsel for SiRF Technology, Inc. in litigation in the Central District of California involving u-Nav's alleged infringement of SiRF's GPS patents.

Counsel for Samsung Electronics Corp in litigation in the N.D. of CA involving Northern Telecom's allegations of patent infringement by Samsung.

Counsel for AT&T Interactive (YellowPages.com) in litigation in C.D. of CA vs. Toll Free Yellow Pages et al. against a travel search aggregator.

Counsel for Window Rock Enterprises in successful nationwide trademark enforcement efforts concerning its CORTISLIM trademark for dietary supplements.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1990
  • B.A., Stanford University, 1987


  • Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of California

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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