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Jeffrey B. Plies, chair of Dechert's Intellectual Property group, 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

  • Mondis Technology Ltd. v. LG Electronics, et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Represented Mondis in an eight patent case relating to computer monitor DDC/CI digital interfaces and Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) capabilities. Secured jury verdict for Mondis that the asserted patents were valid and infringed.
  • Hitachi-Maxell, Ltd. v. Top Victory Elec., Co. Ltd., et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Representing Hitachi in enforcing patents relating to video signal processing, digital television systems-on-a-chip (SOC), and high-definition television. Pending.
  • 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 after winning key summary judgment motions.
  • Multimedia Patent Trust v. Microsoft Corp., et. al. (U.S. District Court, Southern District of California). Defended Gateway against three patents relating to MPEG-2 and H.264 video coding. 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 employed in optical disc drives. Settled.
  • In re: Rembrandt Technologies Patent Litigation (U.S. District Court, District of Delaware). Defended Fox Broadcasting in multi-district litigation involving patents directed at trellis and convolutional coding of digital television signals. Case dismissed following entry of summary judgment of non-infringement; affirmed by Federal Circuit.
  • Secure Axcess, LLC v. Dell Inc., et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Defended Citigroup against patents relating to web server that employ encrypted cookies to facilitate secure account access. Dismissed by plaintiff.
  • In Re: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania). Defended Citigroup against four patents pertaining to secure data communications between mobile phones and web servers. Settled.
  • 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 WiFi technology. Settled.
  • Stambler v. Intuit Inc., et. al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas). Defended Vanguard Group against patents relating to secure financial transfers and communications between a web site and web server using secure sockets layer (SSL) and transport layer security (TLS) protocols. Settled.
  • 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.
  • Career Destination Development, LLC v. Monster Worldwide, Inc. (U.S. District Court, District of Kansas). Defended Monster against two patents relating to database searching and matching algorithms and web site operations. Dismissed by plaintiff after Monster filed successful Covered Business Method (CBM) review petitions with the U.S. Patent Office.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Edwards Lifesciences v. St. Jude Medical (U.S. District Court, Central District of California). Represented Edwards in patent litigation 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.

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