Steven J. Pollinger - McKool Smith PC

Steven J. Pollinger

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

Steve Pollinger is a Principal in the Austin office of McKool Smith.  Steve is a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney who has focused on patent cases and other intellectual property litigation for nearly 20 years.  Steve’s practice is nationwide, at trial and on appeal.  He has won courtroom victories in cases involving diverse software, electronics, and medical device technologies.  Steve holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering, which allows him to understand the disputed technologies and to reduce the disputes to explanations and themes that are readily understood and compelling in the courtroom. 

Steve served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable S. Jay Plager at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.  He speaks frequently on intellectual property litigation.

University of WashingtonBS 1987University of WashingtonMS 1988University of WashingtonJ.D. 1993
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

Case History

Versata v. SAP — Steve represented the plaintiff Versata, an enterprise software company, against SAP, Europe’s largest software company, in a case alleging infringement of enterprise software patents. At trial, Steve put on the infringement case and cross-examined SAP’s technical fact and expert witnesses. The jury found Versata’s patents infringed by SAP and awarded Versata $139 million. Prior to trial, Steve argued the key claim construction and infringement hearings. At a subsequent new trial ordered on damages, Steve conducted the direct and cross-examinations of the parties' technical expert witnesses.  The jury in the new trial awarded Versata $345 million and found that SAP's modified products continue to infringe the patents.  Judgment has been entered on the verdict in the amount of $391 million (including interest) and the case is now pending on appeal.
Visto v. Research in Motion — Steve represented Visto, a northern California software company, against RIM, the maker of BlackBerry® smartphones, in a number of U.S. and foreign patent litigation cases over smartphone synchronization software. Steve led Visto’s U.S. litigation team. The litigation resulted in a successful settlement to Visto, with RIM paying the publicly reported amount of $267.5 million to Visto
MagSil & MIT v. Seagate et al. — Steve represented the co-plaintiffs MagSil and MIT against the hard disk drive industry in Delaware in a patent case concerning pioneering read-head technology. Steve led the litigation team and argued the key hearings. The case settled favorably against most of the defendants after a successful claim construction decision. The case is currently pending on appeal against remaining defendant Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

Office Location

300 West Sixth Street, Suite 1700
Austin, TX 78701
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent

Other Information

Gender: Male