Bob Steinberg

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Bob Steinberg is a partner in both the Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles offices of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Steinberg is a member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department as well as former Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property (IP) Practice and current Chair of Latham’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Practice. The group’s strategic development and unique trial and PTAB capabilities were featured in an article in The Recorder, an ALM publication.

Mr. Steinberg is a founding member of the national PTAB Bar Association and was elected as the first president to the Association ( He is also a registered patent attorney and has served in most of the firm's PTAB proceedings for clients such as AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd., Actifio, NVIDIA, and Qualtrics. 

He has been instrumental in establishing Latham’s PTAB practice. The practice pioneered innovative approaches to the bourgeoning area of PTAB proceedings and has maintained an outstanding success rate in persuading the PTAB to institute our clients' petitions and a more than 96% success rate with final determinations. IAM Patent 1000 recognized Mr. Steinberg and noted that he “has had a full schedule of late, given his chairmanship of the post-grant practice; he is supremely on top of things, though, as his high inter partes review institution rate attests.” Mr. Steinberg was part of Latham’s team to successfully obtain a final written decision in the PTAB on behalf of Actifio against Delphix, with a sweeping victory, invalidating 109 of 111 challenged claims across five patents; Jaguar Land Rover to defeat Cruise Control Technologies (a shell company of patent troll Empire IP); and Qualtrics to invalidate four of OpinionLab, Inc. patents. Mr. Steinberg also worked with the team that obtained a denial of institution on behalf of AbbVie in Amgen’s IPR petitions filed against AbbVie’s patent covering the blockbuster biosimilar drug Humira.

Mr. Steinberg has continuously been recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 US and Chambers USA. Most recently he was named a 2017 IP Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, which recognized practitioners who have “shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable results along the way." He was also recognized as one of The Most Influential IP Attorneys in LA for 2017 by The Los Angeles Business Journal which highlighted his “thriving” patent litigation practice and “innovative approaches to the burgeoning area of PTAB proceedings.” He has been named among the Patent 1000 by Intellectual Asset Management (2018), the Who’s Who for Intellectual Property Law by Los Angeles Business Journal (2012), and the top IP litigators in California by The Daily Journal (2011). Mr. Steinberg was particularly cited for his representation of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust in a dispute with a defendant who claimed to possess long-lost negatives created by the famous nature photographer — which the Trust maintained were not authentic. He also assisted AMD to secure a US$1.25 billion worldwide settlement in a patent, contract, and antitrust dispute with Intel.

Mr. Steinberg also served on the 2014 Law360 Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board. 

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Steinberg worked as the Chairman and CEO of xSides Corporation, a developer of desktop security software. He also spent 11 years at a California-based law firm where he was partner and member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Steinberg is also active in public service; for example, he recently joined a group of Latham partners that competed in the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, to raise money for longtime pro bono client Ubuntu Pathways. The funds raised will be used to build a state-of-the-art primary school in the heart of Zwide Township, Port Elizabeth, one of the poorest townships in South Africa.

  • Veritas Operating Corp. v. Microsoft Corp. – Mr. Steinberg represented the patent owner, Veritas Operating Corp. (Symantec) in an action related to critical volume management technology. The case involved claims of patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and breach of contract that Veritas brought against Microsoft in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington. The case settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.
  • Stac Electronics v. Microsoft Corp. – Mr. Steinberg authored the Stac Electronics patent, which he helped litigate against Microsoft in a suit which asserted that Microsoft had infringed Stac’s patented data compression technology. The case concluded in a month-long jury trial where the jury found that Microsoft infringed on two Stac patents and awarded Stac US$120 million. Afterwards, in a sweeping post-verdict injunction, Microsoft was required to recall infringing products worldwide. The case settled with over US$80 million paid to Stac and a variety of mutually beneficial cross-licenses. 
Other Representative IP Litigation Experiences 
  •  Patent & Insurance Coverage 
    > CMG Financial Services v. Pacific Trust Bank et al. – Mr. Steinberg was the lead trial attorney representing Pacific Trust Bank and other defendants in a patent infringement lawsuit brought in the US District Court for the Central District of California. Pacific Trust Bank moved for summary judgment that the patent was invalid under section 101 of the Patent Act because it claimed an un-patentable abstract idea. The court granted summary judgment invalidating every claim of the asserted patents, resulting in a complete victory for Pacific Trust Bank. Mr. Steinberg also represented Pacific Trust Bank in a related dispute with its insurance carrier regarding whether its Bankers Professional Liability insurance policy covered the patent infringement lawsuit. The insurance carrier ultimately agreed to cover the claim and to pay the majority of Pacific Trust’s fees and costs related to the lawsuit. 
  • Patent,  Antitrust & Unfair Competition 
    > Adobe Systems, Inc. v. Wowza Media Systems, Inc. – Mr. Steinberg was lead trial attorney in a patent infringement action and unfair competition claim filed against Wowza Media Systems, Inc. in the US District Court for the Northern District of California over certain protocols for streaming from Adobe’s Flash Media Server. Wowza developed a competing server to the Flash Media Server called the Wowza Media Server. Wowza counter claimed for fraud, Sherman 2 Act violation and unfair competition. Latham filed a motion to strike and dismiss Wowza’s counterclaims, which was granted by the court. The court also granted Adobe its attorneys’ fees and costs for the motion. This case later settled. 
  • Trade Secret & Copyright 
    > Optimal Markets v. FTI Consulting et al. – Mr. Steinberg was the lead trial attorney representing FTI Consulting, Inc. and other defendants in a trade secret misappropriation and copyright action originally filed in Federal Court. The action was moved to State Court, and then moved to arbitration, which lasted 2.5 weeks. The copyright action was dismissed and the arbitrator determined that there was no trade secret misappropriation by FTI Consulting, Inc. and other defendants. FTI won a complete defensive verdict and was awarded its attorneys' fees. 
  • Trademark & Copyright 
    > Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust – Mr. Steinberg was lead trial counsel representing the Trust which handles the publishing rights to Ansel Adams' works, in a trademark and copyright related dispute in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The Trust sued an individual and a media company which sold products derived from what they alleged to be long-lost negatives of the famous photographer Ansel Adams. This case involved several cutting-edge trademark and copyright issues, and has been publicized in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and in various other media outlets, including national TV. Ultimately the case settled with defendants agreeing not use Ansel Adams' name and likeness. 
  • Trademark, Unfair Competition, & Contract 
    > Getty Trust v. Getty Images – Represented Getty Trust, the owner of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, in a case filed in the Central District of California against Getty Images, a photo stock house located in Seattle, Washington. This case involved a breach of contract, unfair competition, and trademark infringement claims. This case settled before going to trial.
Other PTAB experience
  • RetailMeNot, Inc. v. Honey Science LLC – Mr. Steinberg represented Honey Science in a patent infringement lawsuit brought in the US District Court for the District of Delaware. RetailMeNot asserted four coupon code patents against Honey Science. Latham filed a counterclaim asserting a Honey Science patent against RetailMeNot, to which RetailMeNot responded with three petitions (two PGRs and an IPR) at the PTAB attacking the Honey patent making Section 101, 112, and 103 arguments. RetailMeNot moved to stay Honey’s patent based on the filed petitions, and the district court agreed, pending the outcome of the institution decisions. Honey filed POPRs in all three proceedings, and in its detailed decisions denying institution of the two PGRs and the IPR, the PTAB provided 50 page substantive determinations finding the Honey patent claims subject matter eligible under the USPTO 101 Guidelines and non-obvious against the asserted prior art.
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