Steven Hemminger is partner-in-charge of the firm’s Silicon Valley office and serves as a Joint Venture Silicon Valley Board Member. As a seasoned litigator, he focuses his practice primarily on complex intellectual property disputes involving patents, trademarks and trade secrets, representing his clients as plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Hemminger has been lead counsel in more than 40 high-stakes intellectual property litigation matters.
Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Hemminger proactively works with clients to protect their innovations by conducting infringement and validity analysis for prospective litigation as well as advising clients on how to avoid infringement of third party intellectual property rights. Mr. Hemminger also has particular skill in managing both small and large patent and trademark portfolios, routinely providing counsel to clients concerning international licensing agreements.
With nearly 30 years of experience, Mr. Hemminger has litigated cases in both state and federal courts and resolved matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as foreign patent offices. He represents clients across diverse industries such as social media, technology, engineering, telecommunications, electronics, computer hardware and software, data storage and management, and medical devices.
- Represented the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry in an ITC proceeding (and in companion federal and state court proceedings) involving the theft of trade secrets and patent infringement related to semiconductor devices and processing technologies.
- Represented the world's leading EDA technologies and engineering services company in numerous matters, including cases involving patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of confidence and violation of Section 17200 of the California Business and Professional Code.
- Represented a global leader in data storage in five separate patent actions related to patented servo systems in hard disk drives.
- Represented a client in defense of patent infringement claims related to back side calibratable blood pressure transducers.
"Section 337 of the Tariff Act—Global IP Protection in our Global Economy?" Monte Jade Magazine, December 2006.
"IP Trial Lawyer's Roundtable," IP Law & Business, 2004.
"Pervasive Information Systems," Princeton University Engineering, 2004.
"Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Technology," Princeton University Engineering, 2003.
- Joint Venture Silicon Valley – Board Member
- American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
- International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- Santa Clara County Bar Association