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Anderson, Steven M. (In Memoriam)

Steven M. Anderson (In Memoriam)


Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Steven M. Anderson's practice is devoted exclusively to patent litigation.  He has litigated and provided counseling regarding a wide array of computer-related and other technologies, including microprocessors and microcomputers, high-speed video RAMs, field effect transistors, wind energy generation systems, printer driver software, aircraft wiring, automobile antitheft devices, ultrasonic liposuction devices, ultrasonic toothbrushes, pulse oximeters, prepaid wireless telecommunication systems and methods, ink jet printers and cartridges, secure transaction encryption systems and methods, ADSL technology, color scanning electron microscopes, target coordinate location systems and methods, B2B software systems, aircraft data systems, interactive call processing systems, and media encryption and secure distribution, among others.  Mr. Anderson has been named numerous times as a Southern California "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine.

  • Seiko Epson
  • Teledyne
  • Intertrust
  • Represented DIRECTV in an ITC action filed by ViXS Systems related to DIRECTV’s MoCA-compliant set-top box products.  The case favorably settled just prior to the filing of opening claim construction briefs.
  • Represented Motorola Mobility in patent litigation with Apple.  The case settled.
  • Represented DIRECTV in patent litigation brought by Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing (RAKTL) over the Katz portfolio directed to interactive call processing.  This case was part of the largest patent MDL ever assembled.  After obtaining summary judgment of invalidity or noninfringement on all but two of RAKTL’s asserted claims, the case settled prior to remand to the trial court in ED Tex.
  • Represented Seiko Epson in enforcing its ink jet cartridge patent portfolio against twenty-five manufacturers and importers of aftermarket ink cartridges for sale in the U.S, including Ninestar, in one of the largest ITC actions ever filed – involving 31 claims from 9 patents asserted against more than 1,000 different cartridge models.  Obtained a finding of infringement of every asserted claim and every accused product, and the issuance of a General Exclusion Order barring anyone from importing infringing ink cartridges into the U.S. 
  • Represented Freedom Wireless against Verizon, AT&T/Cingular, Boston Communications Group, and others for infringement of Freedom's patents on prepaid wireless telephone systems and methods. Obtained settlement with Verizon shortly before trial and then, after a 12-week trial, obtained $128 million jury verdict against the remaining defendants.  At the time, that verdict was the largest ever awarded in Massachusetts and was the eighth largest awarded in the U.S. that year. The case ultimately settled for a lump sum payment of $87 million, plus on-going royalties which were expected to generate an additional $50 million.
  • Represented Seiko Instruments against 3M and obtained summary judgment of noninfringement of two patents relating to fiber optic technology.
  • Represented Seiko Epson against PrintRite in a patent infringement case involving Epson's ink jet cartridge patent portfolio.  Obtained summary judgment of infringement which resulted in a consent judgment and a permanent injunction.
  • Represented Mentor in a two-month patent infringement trial.  Obtained a jury verdict of $5 million in compensatory damages and a finding of willful infringement.
  • Represented CalComp in a case alleging theft of trade secrets relating to printer driver software and protocols. Obtained a defense jury verdict. 
  • Represented Teledyne and obtained a settlement of a royalty-free license to a patent directed to insulated aircraft wiring after locating critical prior art to the patent.
  • Represented Avery Dennison in a patent matter involving computer-printable index dividers against Acco Brands.  Obtained a settlement which resulted in Acco recognizing the validity of the patent and withdrawing its product from the market.
  • Represented an individual against Nissan in a patent infringement matter relating to automobile antitheft devices.  Obtained a settlement involving a substantial payment by Nissan.
  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., cum laude, 1989)
    • Harvard Journal of Law and Technology:
      • Editor, 1987-1989
  • University of California, Irvine
    (B.S., Information and Computer Science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1986)
  • The State Bar of California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts:
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Southern District of California
  • Registered to Practice Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Morrison & Foerster, Los Angeles, CA:
    • Associate, 1990-1994
  • Law clerk to the Hon. William D. Keller:
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California, 1989-1990
  • Co-author, "Intellectual Property Law in the European Community,"
    • Los Angeles Lawyer , (December 1993)
  • Panel Member, Understanding Basic Copyright Law (January 9, 2001)
  • Panel Member, The State Bar of California: 
    Business Law Section, Seventeenth Annual Spring Program, Drafting and Negotiating Selected Business Documents:
    • (June 23, 1995)
    • License Agreements