Stephen R. Dartt specializes in intellectual property with an emphasis in patent litigation, prosecution, and counseling in the electrical and computer-related arts. Stephen is a licensed patent attorney in Texas and California, as well as a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer in California.
Stephen has represented high technology companies of all sizes from early-stage start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Stephen has litigated patents involving ATSC TVs, processing and scaling of TV video signals, DSL communication and DSL modems, IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi, automated call processing, LCD panels, ATM switches, optical character recognition, orthodontics, cryptography, smartcards, payment technologies, embedded processors, and wireless data synchronization. Stephen has prosecuted patents in a variety of technical areas including computer networking, data center infrastructure, software, and mobile computing.
Prior to joining Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel, P.C., Stephen practiced patent litigation, counseling, and prosecution for over 10 years at the Austin offices of Dechert LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, as well as the Mountain View, California office of Fenwick & West LLP. Stephen represented a number of clients, including Dell, Inc., AU Optronics, Nuance Communications, Cryptography Research, Inc., OraMetrix, Inc., Hitachi Consumer Electronics, Hitachi-Maxell, Ltd., and DHL Express (USA). As an example of Stephen’s work, in Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing v. DHL Express (USA), Inc. (Case No. 2:07-cv-02192-RGK-FFM, CDCA) Stephen solely drafted and prepared a roughly 4000 page summary judgment filing for client DHL. DHL was the only Defendant to win summary judgment on all claims in a large multi-district litigation with over 30 other Defendants. Katz appealed the case to the Federal Circuit. Stephen prepared DHL’s Appeal and Cross-Appeal briefs. A few weeks before oral argument, Katz agreed to dismiss all claims with prejudice and received nothing in return.
From 1998-2002, Stephen worked as a hardware and ASIC design engineer for a variety of start-up and established semiconductor, computer, and graphics companies, including ATI, Inc. which was later acquired by AMD. During his career Stephen was the block owner of a number of different sections of the computer chips being developed, including the display unit, the digital video unit, the Ethernet communication unit, and the configuration unit. Stephen used his understanding of such technologies as digital video and Ethernet communication to architect and design these various units in the computer chips under development.
Stephen graduated cum laude in May, 2006 from the University of Houston Law Center where he was a member of the Order of the Barons the Order of the Barristers. While in law school, Stephen was a member of 2005 & 2006 Giles Rich Moot Court Team, where he was a 2006 regional semifinalist with the best Appellant’s and best Appellee’s briefs for the region. Stephen received the Carothers Prize in Intellectual Property and Information Law, was President of the Intellectual Property Student Organization, was Semi-Finalist in the 2005 James Hippard Mock Trial Competition, and received the 2005 Lex Award for Highest grade in Legal Writing for the Spring of 2004. Stephen also clerked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Nancy Atlas in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. Stephen was also a summer extern at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.