Patent Litigation and Appeals

The attorneys at the Pittsburgh law firm of Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. have represented plaintiffs and defendants in numerous patent infringement lawsuits throughout the country. Attorneys Henry Sneath and Robert Wagner have years of experience, both as lead counsel and local counsel, in representing a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. By representing both patent owners and accused infringers, our lawyers understand the challenges that parties face in these complex cases in federal court.

Patent infringement cases are heard exclusively in federal courts, and the federal court in Pittsburgh--the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania--is one of fourteen patent pilot courts throughout the country that have been tasked to specialize in hearing patent cases. The Court has specialized local patent rules that govern these cases. There are currently four specially designated designated patent judges in the Western District, and the attorneys at PSMN have appeared before all of them in patent matters.

In addition to handling patent infringement litigation, PSMN attorneys also handle appeals of patent judgments, which are heard exclusively by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Attorney Robert Wagner has argued before the Federal Circuit in an appeal of patent infringement verdict in favor of one of our clients and is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

PSMN ® attorneys counsel clients who are considering filing suit or who have received cease-and-desist letters from patent holders. We can help clients navigate these waters and to conduct the proper due diligence required in these circumstances. We handle all phases of patent litigation, from inception to Markman (claim construction) hearings, discovery, experts, dispositive motions, trial, and post-trial motions.

PSMN ® attorneys have handled patent infringement matters in a wide variety of technology areas, including:

  • medical radiation therapy devices
  • car battery testers
  • well drilling technology
  • computer and internet technology
  • voice recognition software
  • cellular phones
  • cable TV set-top boxes
  • fuel filters
  • lighting fixtures
  • farming equipment
  • power cabling
  • safety knives
  • cleaning equipment
  • refractory materials
  • cat litter

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Attorney Henry Sneath chairs the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. Contact him at 412-288-4013. Our PSMN ® Pittsburgh intellectual property attorneys help clients navigate intellectual property and other business disputes by providing them with the knowledge and information needed to make informed decisions.