Creative Representation | Expert Litigation

Contact Information

Main: 415.956.1900

Direct: 415.291.4523

Fax: 415.956.1152

Email: ssteinberg@bzbm.com

LinkedIn: Stephen C. Steinberg

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Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
(Member of Hastings Law Journal and winner
of Best Oral Advocate award)

Princeton University, A.B., (Religion) 2001

Professional Affiliations

Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA): President (2014) and Officer and Member of Board of Directors (2009-2015)

CCCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service Committee, Vice-Chair

CCCBA Communications Committee, Member

American Bar Association (ABA): Chair of Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral & Information Service

Conference of California Bar Associations: Member and Former Chair of the CCCBA Delegation

Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Honors

Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star (2013-2017)

Presentations

Speaker, “Lawyer referral services need confidentiality privileges,” ABA Journal, August 2016

Interview, “Meet Your 2014 CCCBA Board President: Stephen Steinberg,” Contra Costa Lawyer, January 2014

Experience

Steve Steinberg is a Principal of the firm. Steve is an intellectual property (IP) and business trial lawyer and litigator whose practice focuses on claims for patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets, and other complex business disputes in both federal and state courts. He has served as lead counsel in several cases involving patents and trademarks, and has represented clients in numerous trials, where he has won cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. Steve has litigated patent cases concerning mobile phone accessories, web browsers, light emitting diodes (LEDs), networking technologies like Power-over-Ethernet and Wi-Fi, and power conversion technologies. He has handled trademark cases for e-commerce, consumer product, and specialty food companies. Steve has also represented technology companies in cases for breach of contract against suppliers, disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions, and defending and pursuing claims for theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties, interference, and related claims.

Before joining Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller, Steve was Counsel at Vasquez, Benisek and Lindgren / Morgan Miller Blair and an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he handled a wide array of business disputes.

While in law school, Steve served as an extern for the Honorable Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, and as an extern for the Honorable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma of the Hong Kong High Court in Hong Kong.

Representative Cases

PATENT INFRINGEMENT

Case-Mate, Inc. v. Casetagram Ltd. d/b/a Casetify, Northern District of Georgia – Currently lead counsel for defendants in case regarding mobile phone cases.

Uncommon, LLC v. Casetagram Ltd. d/b/a Casetify, Northern District of Illinois – Lead counsel for defendants in case regarding mobile phone cases; defeated motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction and reached settlement early in the case.

Chrimar Holding Co., LLC v. Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise USA Inc., Accton Tech. Corp., SMC Networks, Inc., Edgecore USA Corp., Costar Techs., Inc., Costar Video Sys., Belden, Inc., Garrettcom, Inc., Hirschmann, Inc., Eastern District of Texas – Represented numerous defendants in case regarding Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology; obtained favorable verdict after jury trial for one defendant and reached settlements on eve of trial for other defendants.

Trustees of Boston University v. Epistar Corp., Everlight Electronics Co. Ltd., Lite-On, Inc., District of Massachusetts – Represented leading LED manufacturers through jury trial and overturned adverse verdict through post-trial motions.

Nichia Corp. v. Everlight Electronics Co. Ltd., Eastern District of Texas – Represented leading LED package manufacturer through bench trial and appeal and obtained favorable verdict and judgment awarding no injunction or damages.

Synqor, Inc. v. Lineage Power Corp. & Cherokee International Corp. / Lineage Power Corp. v. Synqor, Inc., Eastern District of Texas – Represented leading power supply company (now subsidiary of GE) as defendant through trial and as plaintiff in dualing cases regarding DC-DC power converters.

Northpeak Wireless LLC v. SMC Networks, Inc., Northern District of California – Represented defendant in case regarding WiFi technology; obtained stipulated judgment of non-infringement after favorable claim construction order.

CSIRO v. 3Com Corp., D-Link Systems, Inc., Accton Tech. Corp., SMC Networks, Inc., Eastern District of Texas – Represented defendants in case regarding WiFi technology.

TRADEMARK / COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT AND RELATED CLAIMS

Petranovic v. Casetagram Ltd. d/b/a Casetify, Central District of California – Currently lead counsel for defendant in case alleging copyright and trademark infringement, Lanham Act violations, and statutory and common law misappropriation of right of publicity.

Comprehensive Industrial Disability Management, Inc. v. Chopra Consulting, LLC, Arvinder Chopra, et al., Northern District of California – Represented software developer and his company in defending against claims of breach of contract, copyright infringement, and interference; obtained favorable settlement following expert discovery.

Sahara Afghani Gourmet Foods, Inc. v. East & West Gourmet Afghan Foods, Trademark Trial and Appeals Board – Represented defendants in trademark cancellation proceedings.

Apollo Future Tech., Inc. v. Taqseem, Inc., Northern District of California – Lead counsel for declaratory judgment plaintiff manufacturer of e-cigarette liquids in case alleging non-infringement and seeking cancellation of trademark registration; obtained favorable settlement early in discovery.

Spiraledge, Inc. v. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., Southern District of California – Lead counsel for plaintiff e-commerce company in infringement action regarding “Aquatica” trademark; obtained favorable settlement shortly before trial.

OTHER BUSINESS DISPUTES

Timefire, Inc. v. AQS Engineering, Inc., All Quality & Services, Inc., Superior Court of California, County of Alameda – Represented the plaintiff, a BitCoin circuit board design company, in breach of contract case against supplier; obtained favorable verdict and judgment after jury trial.

SMC Networks, Inc. v. Hitron Techs., Inc., Hitron Techs. Americas Inc., et al., Central District of California – Represented plaintiff in case alleging breach of contract, interference, breach of fiduciary duties, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition by former supplier and officers; obtained favorable settlement on eve of trial.

Accton Tech. Corp. v. Centillium Communications, Inc., Superior Court of California, County of Alameda – Represented plaintiff in case involving claims related to defective microchips.

SMC Networks, Inc. v. Netstar Tech. Corp., Central District of California – Represented plaintiff in case involving claims related to defective network switches.