Todd E. Landis

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Attorney Bio

"To determine whether you are using someone else’s patent, you have to be able to take the technology at issue, whatever it is, and relate it to what the patent actually says. My job is to take very complex technology and make it totally accessible, so that the judge and jury see exactly how it works and what it does. When I present my client's case to a jury, that's all I do. I love seeing the figurative lightbulb above their head."

—Todd Landis

Todd Landis is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with a primary focus in patent litigation for technology companies.

Working with a strong team of fellow IP litigators, the majority of Todd’s practice is in the area of electronic arts, including computer-related technology, wireless technology and solid-state circuit design, semi-conductor design technologies, telecommunications, chemical arts, and oilfield services.

Todd’s significant trial experience includes Markman hearings and acting as lead trial counsel on multiple patent cases. He has won multiple defense verdicts in East Texas, which is known for being a difficult place for defendants at trial. Todd has also assisted in trials in Italy and England, including the High Court of Justice in London.

Todd has deep technical knowledge and is known for his skill in translating complex concepts for judges and juries. He does not hesitate to take on the most challenging cases and is extremely thorough, turning every stone to deliver the best outcome for his clients. Several times, he and his colleagues have successfully taken over cases shortly before they go to trial, including a headline-making case against HTC Corporation over universal remote-control technology in 2018.

Todd’s work in patent litigation has been recognized in numerous publications, including Chambers USA, whose reviewers praise him as “incredibly bright” with "top-notch" advocacy skills.

Education & Bar Admissions

Education

  • Franklin Pierce Law Center, J.D., 1997
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S. Physics, 1993

Admitted to Practice

  • Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Recognition

  • Chambers USA, Intellectual Property (Texas), 2018 and 2019
  • Legal 500 U.S., Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, 2017
  • Selected to the Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2012

Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association – Intellectual Property Section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Experience Highlights

  • Won a unanimous $115 million jury verdict against the world’s largest company in a trade secret case over misappropriation of a computer and telecommunications system for reducing the worldwide problem of fresh food waste (E.D. Ark.)
  • Obtained jury verdict of noninfringement for leading smartphone maker in patent litigation involving universal remote-control technology (E.D. Tex.)
  • Defended several major gaming companies in a patent infringement lawsuit related to peer-to-peer network technologies; obtained summary judgment of non-infringement after successful claim construction proceedings; Federal Circuit affirmed on appeal (Fed. Cir., D. Del.)
  • Acted as lead technical trial counsel for one of the world’s largest television manufacturers; the case involved the decoding and scaling of television signals from over-the-air broadcasts, including the use of the Viterbi algorithm; after taking over the technical aspects of the trial just two weeks before trial began, obtained a complete jury verdict of noninfringement and invalidity; the verdict was later upheld on appeal to the Federal Circuit (E.D. Tex) 
  • Acted as lead technical trial counsel for a leading social gaming company; the case involved online computer gaming systems and the ability to provide particular information to the game participant during the gaming experience; after taking over the case six weeks before trial, obtained a jury verdict of noninfringement (E.D. Tex)
  • Obtained summary judgment of noninfringement for one of the world’s largest cellular phone providers in a patent infringement case involving switching between WiFi and cellular operations (N.D. Cal.)
  • Acted as lead technical trial counsel for the world’s leading PC manufacturer in a case involving noise cancellation technology used with multiple microphone PCs; after deposing the technical expert and obtaining admissions of noninfringement, the case settled on favorable terms one month before trial (ITC)
  • Acted as lead technical trial counsel for the world’s leading PC manufacturer in a case involving methods for transferring settings information from one computer to another; obtained summary judgment of invalidity based on §101 and the Supreme Court’s Alice decision (D. Or)

Patent Litigation

  • Lead counsel to operating companies prosecuting multiple cases related to VOIP technology against the world’s leading social media, publishing, retail, financial, and technology companies (E.D. Tex., W.D. Tex.)
  • Lead counsel to operating companies prosecuting multiple cases related to tagging and self navigation, interactive video technology against video content providers (E.D. Tex., W.D. Tex.) 
  • Lead counsel to technology company prosecuting case involving determining a website visitor’s intent, predicting and providing content based on that intent against the largest social media company in the world (W.D. Tex.)
  • Lead counsel to technology company prosecuting case involving using multiple cameras to perform a variety and security and convenience functions on a smartphone against the largest smartphone manufacturer in the United States (W.D. Tex.)
  • Defending one of the world’s largest cellular phone providers in a patent infringement case involving secure authorization technology (E.D. Tex.)
  • Defending the world’s leading provider of satellite television in a patent infringement case involving digital rights management and digital video recorder technologies (E.D. Tex., D. Del.)
  • Representing the world’s largest personal computer company in dozens of cases involving WiFi, WiMax, 3G, 4G and Bluetooth® wireless technologies (E.D. Tex., W.D. Tex., D. Del., N.D. Cal., C.D. Cal., S.D. Cal., E.D. Va.)
  • Defending a major wireless manufacturer and its leading wireless carrier in multiple cases relating to WiFi, 3G and 4G wireless technologies, including with respect to various modulation schemes employed (E.D. Tex., N.D. Cal.)
  • Defended 21 of the world’s largest telecommunications companies (six handset manufacturers and 15 wireless carriers) litigating the invention of smartphone technology; won partial summary judgment of indefiniteness and invalidated all asserted claims in inter partes re-examinations (E.D. Tex.)
  • Defending a leading cellphone manufacturer in litigation regarding modem technology (E.D. Tex.) 
  • Defending a major supplier of laptop computers in cases involving various components of laptop computers (E.D. Tex., N.D. Cal.)
  • Defending a major SDRAM manufacturer in litigation regarding voltage regulation and power-boosting technology (E.D. Tex.)
  • Acting as co-lead trial attorney in prosecuting infringement claims on behalf of a major oilfield services company, resulting in the fourth largest patent judgment in 2004 (E.D. Tex.)
  • Defending an international worldwide leader of drill pipe and casing in litigation regarding insulator sleeve technology (S.D. Tex.)
  • Defending a major medical device manufacturer against claims of patent infringement, correction of inventorship, trade secret misappropriation, fraud, breach of contract, and deceptive trade practices; prosecuted counterclaims for breach of contract, tortious interference, and misappropriation of trade secrets (W.D. Tenn.)
  • Defending a major chemical supplier in litigation involving the manufacture of acetic acid (S.D. Tex.)