Mr. Schmidt has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex intellectual property litigation covering a wide variety of technologies. Litigating patent cases in the Federal District Courts and the United States International Trade Commission, he focuses on high-tech patent litigation, with a particular emphasis on computer hardware, software, networking technology, and telecommunications. Mr. Schmidt has represented clients in oral arguments before the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in IPR and CBM proceedings. He has also litigated trademark and copyright disputes, and has experience with software patent prosecution.
Mr. Schmidt’s experience includes representing a corporation in multiple infringement actions to enforce a telecommunications patent portfolio, securing tens of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments for the client. Mr. Schmidt has also represented corporations in the United States International Trade Commission against both foreign and domestic companies, resulting in an importation ban of infringing products and related settlement agreements. He has also successfully defended clients against improper claims of patent infringement in Federal District Courts and in the International Trade Commission, resulting either in the dismissal of all allegations or in favorable settlement agreements.
Before attending The University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Schmidt worked as a senior software design engineer with particular focus on firmware engineering including enterprise secure data storage and network security. His engineering experience at various startup companies includes a business centric view of IP creation, protection, and assertion. Additionally, Mr. Schmidt speaks English and German fluently.
- University of Texas School of Law (JD, 2007, with honors)
- Temple University, Tokyo (Japanese and Chinese comparative IP Law, East/West negotiations, 2007)
- Texas A&M University (B.S. in Computer Science, 1998)
- Texas Bar Association
- The American Bar Association
- Austin Intellectual Property Law Association
- In Re: Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC Case No. 16-md-2722-LPS-CJB. Represented MDL respondent in MDL proceeding in Delaware opposing thirteen parties including several declaratory Judgment plaintiffs.
- MTel v. Clearwire, Sprint, T-Mobile, Cricket, AT&T (E.D.Tex.), et al. Represented plaintiff in commercialization of large telecommunications patent portfolio resulting in a multimillion dollar jury verdict as well as multiple favorable settlements. Achieved ~$70 million via licenses to major cellular network providers and mobile handset manufacturers.
- Apple Inc. v. VIA Technologies (ITC). Represented Apple Inc. in multi-patent litigation concerning computer processor micro architecture. Proceeded through ITC investigation and to successful worldwide settlement agreement.
- Mediostream, Inc. v. Acer America Corporation et al. (E.D. Tex.). Represented Nero AG, a producer of Media authoring and burning software, and several co-defendants in a multi-patent infringement litigation concerning digital video conversion and digital video disk burning technology. This case included German language depositions.
- In the Matter of Certain Flash Memory Controllers (ITC). Represented plaintiff SanDisk Corporation, a producer of USB FLASH drive technology, in a multi-patent infringement litigation concerning the operation of FLASH drive controllers and FLASH memory storage devices.
- Eppendorf AG v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. et al. (W.I.W.D). Represented Eppendorf AG, a producer of a large variety of tools for PCR reactions, in patent infringement litigation concerning the operation of its thermal cycler products. This case included German language depositions.