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Jeffrey B. Plies represents technology and medical device companies in patent litigation. As a former engineer for the U.S. Air Force Electronics Systems Center, the U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the MITRE Corporation, Mr. Plies’ diverse technical expertise includes direct working experience with technologies such as global positioning system, radar, and satellite communications, UHF/VHF/HF communications, missile guidance, aircraft avionics (e.g., FMS, INS, ILS, EFIS, TCAS, and IFF), heavy armor systems, rapid solidification, and aerospace alloy development.

Mr. Plies represents plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation throughout the United States. Recently, he has represented clients in patent disputes involving medical devices (artificial heart valves, annuloplasty rings, and drug eluting coronary stents), video compression (MPEG), error correction algorithms for data storage devices, telephony modems, computer graphics, speech compression, computer I/O busses, IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi, processing and scaling of TV video signals, flexible manufacturing/assembly systems, and Display Data Channel Command Interfaces (DDC/CI) for computer monitors.

Significant Representations

  • Synchrome Technology Inc. v. Hewlett-Packard Co. et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Defended both Gateway and Lenovo against two patents relating to computer storage device interfaces. Settled.
  • Orion IP, LLC v. Nike Inc. et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Defended Gateway and eMachines in a two patent case involving the operation of the companies’ websites. Settled.
  • Quantum World Corp. v. Atmel Corp. et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Defended Lenovo against two patents relating to Trusted Platform Modules and random number generators. Settled.
  • Anthurium Solutions Inc. v. Medquist, Inc. et.al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Defended Medquist in patent case relating to medical transcription services and workflow management systems. Settled.
  • Medtronic, Inc. v. W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California). Represented Medtronic in a multi-patent infringement dispute involving the material properties and structures relating to accused stent medical device products. Settled.
  • Lucent Technologies, Inc., et al. v. Gateway, Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court, Southern District of California). Defended Gateway in 15-patent suit involving MPEG video coding, caller-ID, low bit-rate speech coders, and other computer-related technologies. Settled.
  • Amiga Development LLC. v. Hewlett Packard Co. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Represented Amiga in a two patent case relating to computer video graphics and Reed-Solomon error correction algorithms. Settled.
  • Edwards Lifesciences v. St. Jude Medical (U.S. District Court, Central District of California). Represented Edwards in patent litigaion concerning artificial heart valves and annuloplasty rings. Settled.
  • Edwards Lifesciences v. Carbomedics (U.S. District Court, District of Delaware). Represented Edwards in patent litigation involving annuloplasty ring delivery systems. Settled.
  • Mondis Technology Ltd. v. LG Electronics, et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Represent Mondis in an eight patent case relating to computer monitor DDC/CI interfaces and Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) capabilities. Pending.
  • Linex Technologies, Inc. v. Belkin, et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Represents Lenovo and Gateway in patent case concerning IEEE 802.11n. Settled.
  • Abstrax, Inc. v. Dell, et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Represented Gateway as defendant in patent suit relating to automated manufacturing methods. The complaint against Gateway was dismissed.

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1991
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), M.S., Materials Science, 1993
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2000, Order of the Coif

Court Admissions

United States Patent and Trademark Office
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Texas