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
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.