Garland T. Stephens

Biography

Garland Stephens
Garland T. Stephens is a Patent Litigation partner in Weil’s Houston office. He is an experienced patent trial lawyer who focuses on high-technology matters in the electronics and computer industries. His experience includes many cases involving well-known computer, consumer electronics, and software products, including products of Microsoft, Intel and Yahoo!

Garland received his law degree from the University of Missouri Law School, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. After graduating from law school he served as a judicial clerk to Chief Judge William H. Billings of the Missouri Supreme Court.

Garland has been recognized by Chambers USA as a “Leading Lawyer” in the field of Intellectual Property (2011-2020), by Legal 500 as a “Recommended Lawyer” for Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation: Full Coverage (2018), by Managing Intellectual Property as a “Patent Star” (2016-2020), and by IAM Patent 1000 as among The World’s Leading Patent Professionals for Patent Litigation in Texas (2019).

Key Representations:

  • Intel v. Negotiated Data Solutions (E.D. Tex.)
    Garland was lead counsel and won a complete victory for Intel in this matter on summary judgment. Negotiated Data accused Intel USB and High Definition Audio products of infringing four patents. Garland also successfully defended the judgment on appeal.
  • Vigilos v. Intel (N.D. Cal.)
    Garland represented Intel in this case involving health care monitoring systems. The case was dismissed without prejudice after transfer from the Eastern District of Texas.
  • U.S. Ethernet Innovations v. Acer, et al. (N.D. Cal.)
    Garland was lead counsel and won a complete victory for Intel in this matter involving Ethernet technology, after successfully moving the case from the Eastern District of Texas. Garland also successfully defended the judgment on appeal.
  • Garland tried a case to a favorable verdict for the defendant, a leading computer and smartphone company, in the Eastern District of Texas. The plaintiff accused many of the client’s products of infringing two patents relating to playlist navigation.
  • Garland represented a leading computer and smartphone company in a matter in the Eastern District of Texas in which the plaintiff accused the client’s products of infringing two patents relating to handheld web surfing. The case settled after the Patent Office rejected the claims of the plaintiff’s patents in reexamination.
  • Garland obtained favorable claim construction ruling for a leading computer and smartphone company in a matter in the Eastern District of Texas, and the case settled shortly thereafter. The plaintiff accused the client’s products of infringing two patents relating to playlists.

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