Based in the firm’s Los Angeles and Palo Alto offices, Edward G. Poplawski is head of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s patent litigation practice. Edward currently serves as a member of the firm’s Strategic Practice Development Committee. Nationally recognized as one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers, he focuses his practice primarily on patent litigation, including jury trials and proceedings before the International Trade Commission.
Edward also has litigated and tried high-profile cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and antitrust violations. His marquee clients have included Aruba Networks, Atmel, Bloomberg, Cornell University, Deutsche Bank, eBay/PayPal, First Data, Genentech, Hewlett-Packard, IGT, Intuit, LSI, McAfee, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, OmniVision, Samsung, and SAIC.
Edward consistently is recognized as one of the top intellectual property attorneys in California and the United States. He received the “California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year” (CLAY) Award in 2009 for his work in IP litigation, notably his work as lead trial counsel for Cornell University in winning a $184.1 million jury award against Hewlett-Packard and for Etex Corporation in obtaining an $81 million damages award plus attorneys’ fees against Medtronic.
He also has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, U.S. News – Best Lawyers, Legal 500 US, IAM Patent 1000, and other publications as a leading trial lawyer and “a superstar” who, “according to clients, demonstrates ‘an intelligence and commitment that earns him the trust of the court and jury,'” “is brilliant in the courtroom, and conducts himself with integrity at all times,” and “produces phenomenal results.”
In addition, clients indicate that “he is a superb advocate, both in the courtroom and in negotiations,” and “he is able to assemble a highly talented team that promptly responds to the constant barrage of motions and demands from adversaries,” and “is used to handling important cases,” and is “a great first chair who is very effective in highly charged adversarial scenarios.”
As lead counsel for companies both large and small as well as nonprofit institutions, Edward successfully has litigated patents across a broad range of technologies. These include data transmission systems, mobile phone systems, computer processor architecture, liquid crystal optical devices, genomics, synthetic proteins, monoclonal antibodies, diabetes drug and bone growth compositions, and other biotechnology products, semiconductor fabrication, computer misuse detection systems, wireless communication devices, radar systems, nuclear waste disposal systems, optical storage devices and switches, radio-isotope elution systems, robotics, electric vehicles, pollution control systems, sophisticated cameras, chemical compositions, assay kits, computer software, ordnance, food processes, defibrillators, fluorescence spectroscopy, medical and dental products, thermoelectric generators, thermal control systems, heart valves, artificial liver devices, glucose monitors, fiber optics, and a variety of electronic hardware and consumer electronics.
Edward has been involved in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association, in addition to special patent litigation proceedings under the U.S. Atomic Energy Act. His trademark litigation experience includes successfully obtaining and defending against more than 100 preliminary injunction motions and representing trademark owners, registries, and Internet service providers in high-profile Internet-related litigation.
He also has counseled clients on the interplay between intellectual property matters and the business aspects of transactions, and has provided entrepreneurial intellectual property advice to start-up and emerging growth companies. In addition, he has advised the White House and members of the U.S. Congress—and has addressed foreign judges and government officials abroad—on Internet-related intellectual property issues.
Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Edward was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP, where he was a member of the Executive Committee, the head of the West Coast intellectual property and technology practice, and global co-chair of the intellectual property litigation practice.
- J.D., Villanova University School of Law
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University
Summa Cum Laude
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
- Chair, USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute, 2016-2018
- Vice Chair, USC Gould School of Law, Intellectual Property Institute, 2015-2016
- Executive Committee, USC Gould School of Law, Intellectual Property Institute, 2011-present
- Distinguished Fellow, American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2000-present
- Member, Board of Directors, American Intellectual Property Law Association, 1996-1999
- President, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, 1997-1998
- Bar of the District of Columbia
- State Bar of California
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Supreme Court
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